It’s a well-known fact that nature affects and enhances our well-being. Research suggests that being surrounded by nature reduces anger, fear and stress while increasing happiness. We here at Fifth Avenue believe we’re lucky to live in one of the greenest regions in the world.
But it’s undeniable that many of our parklands are undergoing huge amounts of change; forests are being logged, replaced with more and more infrastructure.
Yet one of Metro Vancouver’s underrated cities has found a way to protect one of multiple gems in their own backyard. The recent land acquisition for Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge is an effort to preserve a large and rare older second-growth forest. While we can offer a kudos to the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks board for their environmental stance, the acquisition of this land means so much more - “an opportunity for people to connect with, enjoy, and learn about the natural environment around us”.
Maple Ridge is all about outdoor living, gushing green with a diverse ecosystem. Equestrian trails, sandstone canyons, waterfalls, iconic west coast forests, and abundant wildlife are among the many natural resources found here.
“Living in Maple Ridge means living in a family-friendly place where my kids and I can enjoy the outdoors. We can hike with our dog along forested trails, take the ATV out at Stave Lake, or spend an afternoon on our boat at Alouette… And all of it is at our doorstep,” says Jamie Squires, resident of Maple Ridge and Senior Marketing Manager at Fifth Avenue.
Surrounded by natural beauty and endless outdoor adventure, Maple Ridge offers both residents and visitors alike with a healthy and happy lifestyle. Right now, the overall satisfaction with quality of life in Maple Ridge is the highest it’s been since 2003.
Nature. It’s cheaper than therapy.
Keep an eye out for what Fifth Avenue has upcoming in Maple Ridge. We might just have something for you.