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2016 News and Information

Search for gnomes at Richmond Nature Park

8 June 2016

For those seeking magic and mystery, be sure to visit the Richmond Nature Park on Sunday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the family friendly and whimsical Gnomes Sweet Home event.

This new event includes searching for these diminutive and secretive little beings with beards and pointed red hats that are rumoured to live in the park. Help solve mysteries with Sherlock Gnomes, follow the story of Gnomeo and Juliet and build a take-home gnome home at the Gnome Depot.

Legend has it these creatures are guardians of the bog and the animals that live in it by helping to feed hungry baby birds, polishing snail shells, pulling thorns from animals’ paws, watering fragile saplings when the weather is dry and picking up human trash that might start a fire.

While no gnomes have actually been sighted, there are signs of their activity everywhere, including curious little structures that look like small homes, tiny steps that wind up around tree trunks, caches of cones and berries around the park and a miniature pointed hat that was snagged on a blackberry thorn.

This event is suitable for all ages. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to the Richmond Nature Park Society’s educational programs. For more information, contact the Nature House at 604-718-6188 or visit

The Richmond Nature Park is located at 11851 Westminster Highway. Parking is free but please consider the environment and, if possible, travel by bike or transit.