Symposium is taking place at The Westin Bayshore Hotel Vancouver (1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver), from April 30 - May 2, 2018.

Can't make it to Symposium? Everyone is welcome to the Tradeshow Party, 4:15 - 6 pm Monday, April 30 for the for some networking, and tradeshow games!

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.

Learn about the benefits of Symposium.

Check out the program guide for complete information.

Program Highlights

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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.

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

View the Program Guide.

View the social program.

Win a trip to Vegas!

Attending Symposium? You might just walk away with a trip to Las Vegas (Baby)!

Courtesy of:


In recognition of BCRPA's 60th anniversary and how amazing our sector is, DB Perks & Associates is giving a trip for two to Las Vegas.

Package includes:

  • four night hotel accommodation at Caesar's Palace and
  • airfare from YVR.

Tickets will be sold throughout Symposium and drawn at the closing; proceeds going towards subsidized HIGH FIVE® training for high needs populations. But, you have to be there to win.

The winner MUST be in attendance on Wednesday, May 2 at 4:15 pm during the closing ceremony to win; this condition is non-negotiable. Doors will be open at that time for all those who purchased tickets to attend the draw.


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.