Accessibility and Universal Design
Accessibility and Universal Design

LEES+Associates is excited to be expanding our knowledge and skillset in the realm of accessibility and universal design in the outdoor environment. One of our staff, Ivy Smith has recently become an RHFAC (Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™) Professional and is one of the first members in Canada to achieve this designation.

Her training with the Rick Hansen Foundation has given her an expanded perspective of the built environment.

kelowna legacy gardens
Walk Through Kelowna Legacy Gardens, [Video]

Last month LEES+Associates attended the annual British Columbia Funeral Association (BCFA) Conference and Exhibitor’s Showcase in Kelowna, BC.

While in Kelowna, our staff took the opportunity to visit the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery to check out the more than 150 year old cemetery’s newest section for cremated remains and above ground crypts.

Green Burial Interview with Erik Lees [Audio]

Earlier this week, Erik Lees joined radio host J’lyn Nye on Edmonton’s 630 CHED to discuss green burial, the growing focus on natural burial practices and more.

Erik, who is a board member of the Green Burial Society of Canada, explained the basic guidelines for green burial and emerging burial trends

Listen to the clip below for the entire discussion.

Aerial Footage from Beaver Lake
Aerial Footage from Beaver Lake

What stunning aerial views of Beaver Lake!

As work on the restoration plans for Beaver Lake in Vancouver’s Stanley Park continues, the project team was out at the site performing an ecological assessment.

Stewart Denny and Ali Canning from the LEES+Associate team, along with biologist Chris Lee from AquaTerra can be seen in this drone footage wading in the bog.

Frosty Plants at Woodlands
Frosty Plants to Celebrate February

There is an excellent article in the Vancouver Sun on preparing for death, and the women leading the charge to change the way we think about death – Read it here.

Also, February was the coldest month on record for Metro Vancouver, so here are some frosty plant shots to remember the cold days by.

Greeting from the Northwest Territories
Greetings from the Northwest Territories

[Snowshoeing north of 60 creates some stylish hair]

Richard Cook and Alix MacKay from our team has just returned from travels to the Northwest Territories to conduct a site visit and participate in community engagement efforts for our latest project in the North.

Greeted with temperatures of down to -51 celsius,

LSCR Trails Strategy
5 Parks & Trails to Explore on Family Day Weekend

It is Family Day in British Columbia and a few other provinces here in Canada.
As such, our office will be closed on Monday, 18th February 2018. We hope you have a relaxing long weekend with family.

We also wanted to use this opportunity to highlight a few remarkable parks, trails and open spaces we’ve had the honour of working on.