Savings end April 5! Register now!

Savings end at 11:59 PM PDT, Thursday, April 5!

Don't miss out - Register now to get your pick of sessions. Seats are selling fast!

Don't miss out, on this three day professional development and networking opportunity for recreation and parks professionals.

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Symposium brings the entire recreation and parks sector in BC, and beyond, together for three days of sharing, learning, and inspiring.

Join us at the BCRPA's 2018 Annual Symposium and (re)connect with colleagues from around the province to exchange ideas, explore new initiatives, celebrate the amazing work being done, and fill yourself up with renewed energy and ideas to apply to the community.

We're very excited to offer a program that focuses on inclusion in recreation spaces and places, with session streams that follow the five goals of The Framework for Recreation in Canada. Check out the program guide for information on everything Symposium is offering you this year. 

Register by April 5 to save!

Reserve your accommodation by March 30 to save!


Symposium is taking place at The Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver from April 30 - May 2, 2018

Program Highlights

2018 Symposium Guide Cover

The full conference program includes:

  • 30 concurrent education sessions, divided over three days
  • 3 Keynotes
  • 2 Dialogue series
  • 1 Discussion panel, and
  • 6 snapshots

In addition, there are many networking opportunities available, including:

  • Monday Tradeshow lunch, and Monday evening Tradeshow Party
  • Tuesday evening Banquet & Dance
  • lunch-time Walkshop
  • optional Fitness Activities, and
  • Provincial Awards Ceremony & AGM Luncheon

Join us at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, for an event that promises to be both educational, and lots of fun!

View the Program Guide.

Book your Accommodations and Travel

We have hotel and airfare discounts. 

Discounted hotel rates at The Westin Bayshore are available until March 30, 2018, and are subject to availability. 

Discounted airfare rates with WestJet are available until May 9, 2018 

Learn more.


Support BCRPA Long-term Sustainability

BCRPA and the Recreation Foundation of BC’s (RFBC) Boards of Directors ask that you please donate to our future by increasing the BCRPA Endowment Fund. The Fund is held and managed by RFBC, and ensures that BCRPA's current initiatives receive annual interest revenues that contribute to member programs.  The $1m target will provide annual operational support and long-term stability for BCRPA. The Recreation Foundation is a registered charity (No. 89232 0441 RR0001) that shares our purpose of advancing the recreation and parks sector. Donations can be made here

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities

The Tradeshow will occur on April 30, 2018.

Online registration for exhibit space will be open early in January 2018.

2018Symp Sponsorshipprospectus View the Sponsorship Prospectus for more information. 2018Symp Tradeshowprospectus View the Exhibitor Prospectus for more information.

Please don't hesitate to contact us to learn more about our 2018 tradeshow and sponsorship opportunities. Contact our Sponsor Relations Coordinator by email, or phone 604-629-0965 ext. 260, to start a conversation.

Event Recording and Photography Policy

BCRPA's Event Recording and Photography Policy will be in effect.