Introducing DRBIPA

We’re celebrating Heritage Apple Day virtually this year!

October 3rd – 11th, 2020

Click HERE to take part in the online festivities. Apple Photo Contest, #OrchardLife with Laurelle, Where Did The Apples Go?, and more!

Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association (DRBIPA) is a nonprofit society providing the community with opportunities to preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment of Derby Reach and Brae Island Regional Parks through education events, community involvement, and land preservation opportunities.

The DRBIPA Board of Directors and Park Ambassador Team are a group of individuals who love the parks. We come from all walks of life and have different interests within the parks, but we all share a desire to ensure these green spaces endure for generations to come.

Join us for fun annual events like the Bedford Channel Paddle and Heritage Apple Day and other educational and recreational activities like guided nature walks. 

The organization works closely with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to promote and protect the finest regional park system on our continent. We work hard to provide the public with educational and volunteer stewardship opportunities. Help promote our lovely green mossy trails in the parks for the differing needs of various users: walkers, cyclists, runners, wheelchair operators, horse riders, and dog walkers – become a DRBIPA Park Ambassador!

Park Ambassadors work on special projects like helping plant new shrubs to stop erosion on Brae Island and pull out ivy that is climbing trees and smothering native plants on the forest floor. Volunteers help out at events, provide trail etiquette tips to trail users, complete environmental conservation projects, and so much more! 

Through Pacific Parklands Foundation DRBIPA accepts donations eligible for tax receipts. 

Friends and Supporters of DRBIPA

GLENN HOWSE (1944-2019)

We recently lost a lifetime member with the sudden passing of Glenn Howes.  Glenn first came to the Derby Reach/Brae Island Park Association (DRBIPA) in 2007 with ulterior motives to develop a park association in Glen Valley for Glen Valley Regional Park and West Creek Wetlands.  But, once a member, Glenn and his partner Cheryl quickly became a part of our family.  For his first order of business Glenn gave the group a new name and ever since we have been known as Dr. Bipa. Glenn had an uncanny way of finding the brilliance in others’ ideas and supporting them with hard work or engineering his own unique solutions.

For years Glenn could be found at our Brae Island Paddle event or monitoring the heritage apple grove he helped develop.  Glenn was a member of our intrepid  team of volunteers that built the Langley Bog viewing platform on Houston Trail. Never one to shirk a monthly meeting as a member of the executive for years he came regularly, always bringing new ideas and laughter.  You could always find Glenn at Metro Vancouver and DRBIPA events, even willing to put on a costume without much of a fight.

Glenn cared deeply for our natural areas and their importance for the young and old in our community.  He showed all of us that making a positive impact on our community starts with simply extending a helping hand.

Glenn, you will be missed by many but your generosity will live on in our park.