Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in BC Parks: 2017

BC Parks is excited to be partnering once again with the Vancouver Aquarium as a conservation supporter of the WWF’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup! Since 1994, over 700,000 participants from coast to coast have removed nearly 1.2 million kilos of garbage from Canada’s shorelines. 2017 marks the sixth year BC parks has supported this conservation … Continued

Introducing the 2016 BC Parks Volunteer Award Winners!

Every year BC Parks selects recipients for annual achievement awards, recognizing people and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to our provincial parks and protected areas. Volunteers were up for nomination in the following four categories:   Individual Volunteer Group Volunteer Legacy Community Partners   The following individuals and community partners have worked tirelessly, donating … Continued

2017/18 Community Engagement Funding Available

$240,000 is now available for BC Parks community engagement projects taking place in 2017/18. Each of BC Parks’ five regions have been allocated $20,000 to support conservation projects, and $20,000 to support recreation projects.  To access this funding for a specific park, please contact your local BC Parks staff or email to find out who you should … Continued

Bats and Buildings in Okanagan Parks

By Sara Bunge and Sharilynn Wardrop Over the past five years, BC Parks staff in the Okanagan have been working with volunteers to monitor bat populations in three parks: Sun-Oka Beach, Okanagan Lake and Fintry. In these parks, there is a close connection between the buildings and the bats, with many of the heritage and … Continued

Trails Built with a Purpose, For the People

BC Parks guest blog post by Dudley Coulter, North Okanagan Cycling Society   Not much of a ‘shoulder season’ in Vernon provides ample opportunity for trail development… There are early signs of spring in Greater Vernon, and the North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS) couldn’t be more excited. Spring in Greater Vernon, and more specifically, Kalamalka … Continued

BC Parks and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup: 2016

2016 was BC Parks’ fifth year partnering to support the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup as a Conservation Supporter. We are happy to report that it was a successful year with community groups as well as BC Parks’ staff organizing and hosting cleanup events in many of our Provincial Parks. These events are a great way … Continued

Cleaning BC Parks Beaches, the Marine Trails Way

Guest Blog Post: BC Marine Trails Network Association  There are some really remote marine parks within the BC Parks system that are not visited regularly simply because they are hard to get to.  These parks however, are often premium destination sites for paddlers who love to travel and explore the ever expanding BC Marine Trails … Continued

Summer Hikes with the Elk River Alliance: Elk Lakes Provincial Park

Blog post adapted from Fernie Fix Magazine. Submitted by Lee-Anne Walker to FernieFix. My world turned upside down when my mother died. We had a special bond and the pain of her loss was unbearable as her birthday approached in late September 2011. To cope with the stress I escaped with my husband to the tranquility … Continued

Friends of West Kootenay Parks

An enthusiastic group of volunteers from the Friends of West Kootenay Parks completed their trail clearing project last week in Valhalla Park. The 5 km section from Evans beach to Emerald Lake has been an issue for several years with a profusion of deadfall from beetle killed pine. Some years upwards of 100 trees had … Continued

New updates to Tumbler Ridge thanks to the Park Enhancement Fund

Blog post by: Charles Helm Through the BC Parks’ Park Enhancement Fund, the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society has worked for the second consecutive year with BC Parks to provide enhancements to provincial parks in the Tumbler Ridge area. In both years $5,000 of funding was provided after a successful application process. In 2014-15 projects … Continued