2018 Car Boot Sale

CAR BOOT SALES ENTER FIFTEENTH SEASON

The onset of summer is a sure sign the popular car boot sales will be returning  on a bi weekly schedule.  The first sale is all set for 8.30 am on Saturday, June 9th at the Centennial Beach parking area off Boundary Bay Road. A series of seven sales will be held throughout the season on each second and fourth Saturday until September 8th – weather permitting.

  • June 9
  • June 23
  • July 14
  • July 28
  • Aug 11
  • Aug 25
  • Sept 8

CBS2017aFor those not familiar with the term Car Boot sale, it follows in the British traditional form of market where the car boot or trunk of a vehicle is used as a location for private individuals to come together and sell household, garden, craft  goods  etc.

These sales present an ideal opportunity for apartment or condo dwellers to sort out any unwanted items, ‘think green’ recycle goods and earn a few dollars at the same time.  Prospective buyers will often find a long elusive special treasure.

The format for the car boot sales has scarcely changed in fifteen years and for many it is like having a garage sale without a garage and requiring very little effort to just load up the family vehicle.

Hosted by the volunteers of The Boundary Bay Park Association, the gates open at 8.00am for prospective vendors on a first come first served basis.  The fee is only $10 which will provide two parking stalls – one for the vehicle and one for goods.  Vendors should bring sufficient change as well as ground cover and  display materials.  Set ups are not possible prior to 8.00am and as the sale closes at 12 noon vendors should have their spaces cleared by 12.30pm.

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Tom Bearss of the Boundary Bay Park Association encourages residents to come on down to Centennial Beach Parking area and enjoy the weather, relax and take in the social atmosphere.  The playground is nearby for children to enjoy.

Further information may be obtained by calling Tom 604.940.9296

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May with BBPA

May with BBPA

Hi everyone, 

We had a full April, and a great Earth Day weekend, with 37 people helping to remove blackberry over April 20 and 21 (Photo’s). The area we are restoring is important marsh habitat, which we will replant in the Fall!

What’s happening in May?

Join us for our Monthly Board meeting on May 4 at Cammidge House at 10am. The public is welcome to come find out what is happening with BBPA, and we are always open to new people joining the board! Usually there are cookies and coffee involved as well, just to sweeten the deal.

Our annual Mothers Day event is coming up. This year is the Year of the Bird and Boundary Bay Park Association’s “Mother’s Day” Tea, which celebrates World Migratory Bird Day, will be held on Saturday May 12 at Cammidge house from 12:30 to 2:30.  The theme for 2018 is Conservation. Bring your families out for a great bird walk!

Due to bird nesting season, our stewardship program is not starting up again until July. We need to let the birds do their thing! Our next event is scheduled for July 22, so mark your calendars. Stay tuned for other opportunities though, we have an exciting beetle breeding program starting soon to deal with purple loosestrife.

Also, do you know a teacher, community group, or local business that wants to learn more about Boundary Bay Regional Park and help keep it healthy? We are always open to groups setting up their own events with us and have a full set of workshops we run for students/youth! Email bbpavolunteer@gmail.com for more info, and check out our website.

If you haven’t yet, like us on Facebook where you can keep up with all our activities, and on Instagram!

Looking forward to a sunny May with all of you.

Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds – May 12, 2018

This year, the Year of the Bird, Boundary Bay Park Association’s “Mother’s Day” Tea, which celebrates World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), will be held on Saturday May 12 at Cammidge house from 12:30 to 2:30.  The theme for 2018 is Conservation.

Join us at historic Cammidge House near Centennial Beach to celebrate the amazing journeys of migratory birds.  Delta is privileged to provide a safe refuge for thousands of wintering waterfowl, a stop-over on the Pacific Flyway for thousands of tiny shorebirds to feed and rest and a place for other migrants to feed and/or breed.

There will be fun and educational displays to explore from 12:30 to 2:30 and a guided birding walk with Valerie Fuller of the Delta Naturalists Society from 1:15 to 2:00 followed by refreshments.

Delta Naturalists Society will have their always fascinating display along with Birds Studies Canada, Metro Vancouver Parks Interpreters and for the first time at this event, the Delta Home Learners Club, part of NatureKids, BC.  Boundary Bay Park Association will have information on how you can help keep Boundary Bay Regional Park in its wonderful natural state and the monitoring program which will chart the success of the nest boxes erected to attract tree swallows.

We’ll have awesome facts about bird migration and tips on conservation.

This is definitely a family-friendly event so bring the kids. A love of birds and nature encouraged at a young age will stay with them forever.

This event is hosted by Boundary Bay Park Association with support from Metro Vancouver and the City of Delta.

April 2018 with BBPA

April 2018

Spring has sprung, and Boundary Bay Park Association has a full April planned!

On April 6 join us in the morning for our monthly planning/board meeting, where you can learn more about BBPA, and contribute to planning future events. We meet at 10am at Cammidge House.

The Birds in Focus – Visual Workshop, at the Tsawassen Arts Center, on the evening of April 7 will be a great for bird and nature lovers, and photographers. Following light refreshments at the reception from 6:30 to 7:30, we will have presentations by three wonderful photographers. This is a Delta Naturalist event that we are supporting. Cost for the event is only $5.00, payable at the door. Please register at 604-943-9437 or jhanson@delta.ca

The Birds in Focus – Photography Workshop, on April 8 @ 9am, with Local photographer Jack MacDonald will explore basic and advanced photography skills, techniques, digital aspects, equipment selection, places to go and more. Bring your camera, memory card, tripod, and anything else you might need to photograph birds. There will be a practice session in park with captive raptors from Raptor Ranch. Meet at Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park. Advance Registration required: 604 432 6359 or https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp Cost: Pay at door $20.00 – ages 12+ Minimum 6 – Maximum 20 participants

Our next stewardship event will take plan on April 21 @ 10am. This will be a great way to celebrate Earth Day in your local park. Invasive plants threaten the health of the park ecosystem, and you can make a difference by helping us remove them! These are open to all ages and skill sets. Instructions, tools, and snacks provided! We meet by the main parking lot/concession.

 

In March we:

Had the Delta Home Learners out to plan 100 dune grass plugs and remove some blackberry

Removed a lot of scotch broom on March 10 with a dedicated crew of volunteers.

Upgraded our barn owl boxes with balconies and moved/upgraded our bird boxes, with the Delta Naturalist Society!

 

 

Birds in Focus – Photography Workshop – April 8, 2018

SUNDAY APRIL 8th  9 am to 1 pm at Cammidge House

Local photographer Jack MacDonald presents our photo workshop made popular
by the late Ursula Easterbrook. The presentation will explore basic and advanced photography skills, techniques, digital aspects, equipment selection, places to go and more. Bring your camera, memory card, tripod, and anything else you might need to photograph birds.

Practice session in park with captive raptors with birds from Raptor Ranch

Meet: Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park near Centennial Beach
Hosts: Boundary Bay Park Association, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
Advance Registration required: 604 432 6359 or by clicking on the following link:

https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp
Cost: Pay at door $20.00 – ages 12+ Minimum 6 – Maximum 20 participants

Birds in Focus – Visual Presentation – Apr 7, 2018

will be held at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre April 7 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The evening of April 7 will be a great one for bird and nature lovers and photographers.

Following light refreshments at the reception from 6:30 to 7:30, we will have presentations by three wonderful photographers.

 

John Gordon

Following a 30 year career as a photojournalist John “retired” early to go birding. The first priority was a twenty thousand kilometre birding trip across Canada. Trips to Churchill Manitoba and Point Pelee Ontario quickly followed.

Recently several trips to the UK and Mexico have allowed John to record and photograph species well beyond his favourite birding haunts of the Lower Mainland. John has also authored two BC best- selling books.

John last presented at this event in 2014 and we are very pleased to welcome him again.

www.johngordonphotography.com

blog: thecanadianwarbler.blogspot.ca

Connor Stefanison

Connor Stefanison is a 26 year old professional nature photographer from Burnaby. Growing up in a family of outdoor enthusiasts gave him a great foundation of understanding British Columbia’s wildlife and wild places. After graduation from SFU with a degree in biology, Connor began a career in photography. He has done work for outlets such as BBC, National Geographic, and Audubon, and has had multiple awards in contest such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature’s Best Photography, GDT, and Big Picture Natural World. Connor also leads a variety of instructional photography workshops each year in B.C. focusing on our province’s birds, mammals, and landscapes. When not out photographing, he enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking.

www.connorstefanison.com

Liron Gertsman

Liron has been interested in nature since he was a toddler and started photographing birds at age five or six. Although only 17, he has already won multiple awards and was recently the featured photographer for the British Columbia Field Ornithologists Association.  He sees his photographs as a way to achieve his goal of spreading love and appreciation for nature.

This will be his first presentation at this event– but we hope not his last.

www.lirongertsman.com

Cost for the event is only $5.00, payable at the door. Please register at 604-943-9437 or jhanson@delta.ca

Heritage Day at Cammidge – Feb 25, 2018

Heritage Day at Cammidge House on Sunday, February 25, 2018, was another unqualified success. Check out Terry Carr’s photo evidence on our Photo Albums page.

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Although still snow on the ground, it was a nice sunny day for the 100 visitors we had, along with the array of “costumed” volunteers (~22). The BBPA members arrived at 11:30 am to set up the tables with our antique dishes and table cloths, and arrange the plates of cakes and cookies, many home-made, for distribution to guests. This kitchen staff included BBPA members Elizabeth, Don & Rochelle, Geof & Jean, Lauris, Joyce, Frank (head Dishwasher) and Jennifer with DNS Anita also helping.

While these folk were setting up downstairs, the various informative, interesting and “awesome” Displays were being installed upstairs. Metro Vancouver Parks Meghan O’Connell had her Raptor Display (1) in the front room, with the Delta Heritage Advisory Commission’s Display (2, I forget the names of the two guys with their nice jackets who manned this display), and Geof & Joyce (wo)manned our BBPA Heritage Display (3) which Geof spent hours and hours preparing over the last many years.  In the back room, Delta Nats Terry, Marylile and Syd set up their “hands on” display (4) with the Eileen Currie and her Delta Quilters (5) sharing the room (I forget the other 3 Quilters names; one may have been Don who I learned was one of only three Male Quilters in Canada). It was really gratifying to see that so many visitors were so intrigued, informed, and impressed by each of these five exhibits, even the kids.

The event opened at 1:00 pm and arriving visitors (counted by Don) would tour the upstairs displays first, then enjoy tea, coffee or juice with home-made goodies at decorated tables downstairs, served graciously by the costumed ladies. It was a masterful system that went very smoothly all day until we shut her down at 3:00 pm. The Optimist Newspaper’s photographer, Adrian MacNair, took lots of photos, and one photo of a group of costumed BBPA members on the back veranda was featured in the February 28 edition. There was lots of chatter, smiles and laughter all day, among the staff, exhibitors as well as the visitors. We were cleaned up and gone before 4:00 pm. A very enjoyable day, makes volunteering worthwhile. Cheers: Tom Bearss

Meet Santa at Cammidge House – Dec 3, 2017

Elves on the volunteer committee have been busy decking out century old Cammidge House in all its festive finery ready for Santa’s annual visit to the children of South Delta.   The jolly fellow will arrive on SUNDAY, December 3rd and will be at the House in Boundary Bay Regional Park between 1.00 and 3.00pm.

Children will have the opportunity to give their Christmas wish lists or whisper in Santa’s ear as the Christmas season is launched. Santa will be happy to pose for pictures but parents are reminded to bring their own camera to record the occasion of this family friendly event in an atmosphere of warmth reflective of years gone by.

Each child will be given a goodie bag containing small treats and refreshments will be available for adults. There is no charge for this community event however a donation box is on hand for anyone desirous of making a contribution. Some fun raffles for festive prizes will also be held.

Lots of parking is close by – just follow the sign off Boundary Bay Road into Cammidge House.

Rochelle Farquhar, long time member of the host Boundary Bay Park Association and founding director has organized this event and recently commented “looking back many years ago when one of Santa’s elves contacted our Committee to invite Santa to Cammidge House so more local kiddies could attend where parents did not have to face parking headaches or traffic snarls, the event has become annual ever since – and we are all thrilled to host it’.

Further information, 604.943.1303

Stars in Focus – September 23, 2017

Interested in astronomy but not sure where to begin. An opportunity is available to join other willing and able amateur astronomers whose telescopes may offer you your first glimpse of the universe. The Boundary Bay Park Association has planned an outstanding event aptly named “Stars in Focus” for Saturday, September 23, 2017. (8.00 – 10.00pm or later if a good clear night.

Everyone interested is warmly invited to attend and should present themselves at Cammidge House prior to 8.00pm. There is no registration fee for this event.

This date has been specifically selected as the day before September 22 – is September Equinox when the Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere. This phase will present an opportunity to observe faint objects such as galaxies because there will be no moonlight to interfere. However visibility will be influenced by weather conditions.

“Stars in Focus” is scheduled from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm on September 23rd and will be broken into two components. The indoor session will be held in the historic Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park where a presentation will be made by a member of the UBC Astronomy Club with support by additional members of the Club as well as the Royal Astronomical Society. Light boxes will be provided for watching common constellations and other contributors will offer their knowledgeable background.

The success of the outdoor component which will follow – weather permitting – has been well planned. Lights will be turned off, red cellophane and rubber bands will be provided to cover flashlights; some scopes and telescopes will be available as well as astronomical maps handed out. The more experienced astronomer is encouraged to bring their own equipment. Closing time will be flexible up to midnight.

NEIL SIMPSON, member of the co-ordinating committee advises the parking area behind Cammidge House will be blocked off and used for setting up scopes with additional space for those with larger equipment.–. Public parking will be available along one side of the park entrance road or by Centennial Beach – just follow the signs. Members of BBPA will be on hand to oversee parking and set up.

Simpson added that those with cameras and interested in astrophotography are welcome. “Such a hobby that requires patience, experimentation and determination” said Simpson.

Boundary Bay Park Association will provide the important supply of alcohol based wipes for cleaning hands prior to using telescopes .

Hot chocolate and popcorn will be available.

Further information please phone 778.996.4039 or  604.943.1303

Bi-monthly 2017 Car Boot Sale – starts June 10

The municipality’s annual spring clean up has been and gone but homeowners and apartment dwellers now have the ideal opportunity to sort through unwanted items to generate a little cash. No need to experience the hassle of your own garage sale as volunteers of Boundary Bay Park Association have announced plans for the 14th consecutive season of South Delta’s popular summer event, the car boot sales at Centennial Beach parking area.

The first sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 10th at 8.30 am and then the following dates: June 24, July 8, July 22, August 12, August 26 and September 9.

2012 (14 jul) car boot sale,new location 3 c Prospective vendors can load up their vehicle and head to Centennial Beach Parking area in Boundary Bay Regional Park which is simple to find, turn left off Boundary Beach Road at Cammidge House and follows signs to the designated area.

 

Reservations are not required and the only cost is $10 which provides two spaces – one for the vehicle and one for the goods. Vendors are asked to arrive at 8.00am and set up ready for opening at 8.30am.   Volunteers are on hand to assist and also have a few ground sheets as loaners. Closing time and dismantling of displays is 12 noon with the space to be cleared by 12.30pm.

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 FRANK ROGERS, President of the Boundary Bay Park Association is happy to offer a few tips to vendors setting up for the first time and suggests “Think about what will actually sell before you load up your vehicle; be realistic about pricing but certainly don’t give it away and place price stickers on your items ahead of time; bring along a ground sheet, blanket etc to display items — bring appropriate change and arrive early so you will be well prepared”.

 Some local residents enjoy an early morning walk along the dyke and end up at the boot sale to browse through a variety of items, household goods, garden tools, crafts, clothing, jewelry etc. to seek out a sought after treasure. However for families wishing to drive there is lots of free parking, a playground close by for the children and coffee and cookies will be sold in the BBPA tent at the sale.

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 In case of inclement weather the sale may be cancelled and such information will be posted on the Park Association’s website at:

http://www.boundarybayparkassociation.wordpress.com

Additional information is available by phoning Tom at 604.940.9296.