The Bus Grant Program


Every year thousands of students, seniors and people with financial barriers are not able to visit our regional parks.

You can change this.

Do you remember how much fun the “field trip” was when you were in school? Do you recall that it was even more fun if the trip was to a natural space like a park? Did you know that this experience is not available to many youth today? Every year thousands of students, seniors and people with financial barriers are not able to visit our regional parks. Why? Because there is no funding to charter a bus.

Together with our partners at YVR we are working to change this- but we can’t do it alone. With your help we can connect even more groups to the beauty of nature found in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. Donate today – any amount goes directly towards the funding of a trip. A $500 donation makes the dream of a chartered bus a reality. We will provide you with a report on the experience that you have provided for a group in need. Your donation can and will make a difference.



  • What is the date of your outing?
  • How many people are you taking?
  • What regional park are you planning to visit?
  • What is the purpose of the outing?
  • What is the nature of your group? (i.e. Non-profit, society, unorganized, etc.)
  • Are you using an insured and licensed vehicle with a professional driver?

We want you to have the best experience with your group. Before chartering your bus, you will need to complete Metro Vancouver Regional Park’s Group Visit Notification Form so that they can check that there isn’t any construction, trail closures, filming or other groups at the same time and place that you’re planning to go.

This is not required if you have booked a field trip with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. 

Fill out the online application here:


Any other questions, please see the FAQ’s or contact


Here is some more information on the program:

1. What is covered?

  • The cost to hire a bus for the purpose of visiting a Metro Vancouver Regional Park
  • Once you’ve confirmed the date of your visit, please submit a park visit form here

2. How much is available?

  • Up to $500 per grant
  • Some grants may be available up to $1000 and will include a $250 honorarium for a guide or host. Ask us for more details.

3. Who can apply?

  • Schools
  • Community Centres
  • Youth Organizations
  • Seniors Groups
  • Organizations that support people with disabilities or challenges

4. What is not covered?

  • Mileage
  • Travel Expenses

5. How do I apply?

  • Fill in the Online Application Above
  • Send us a supporting letter of interest telling us a little about your planned trip

6. Apart from visiting a regional park, what is required if my grant request is approved?

  • We want to hear about your trip. We require that successful applicants send us a final report after their trip. Download the report below.
  • Trips to Grouse Mountain Resort and Capilano Suspension Bridge are not eligible for Bus Grants as they are outside of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks


7. Send the Final Report

Final Reports can be scanned and emailed to or mailed to:

Pacific Parklands Foundation
6825 Cariboo Rd, Burnaby, BC V3N 4A3

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