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

Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans Shoreline Cleanup Event

Story submitted by BC Parks Area Supervisor Rob Wilson It was an amazing day at Cultus Lake involving 7 volunteer divers and myself as the BC Parks representative. Divers were transported from the shoreline to the cleanup location in our vessel, and as the volunteers filled up their bags with litter, I’d clip them to … Continued

Volunteer Group Guest Blog: Surfrider Foundation

Written by: Kelsey Singbeil, Surfrider Vancouver Island Volunteer The boat lands with a thud on the sand. It’s time to start unloading. Four of us stay on the boat and start passing down dry bags, coolers and surfboards to the people onshore. Finally, we hand off the huge fishing nets that we’ll use to collect … Continued

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups in BC Parks

BC Parks is excited to once again be partnering with the Vancouver Aquarium as a conservation supporter of the WWF’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. BC Parks along with volunteers and community partners will be hosting cleanup events throughout the year in BC Parks. If you are interested in organizing a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event, please contact your … Continued

2016/17 Park Enhancement Funding Now Available

$240,000 is now available for BC Parks volunteer projects taking place in 2016/17. Each of BC Parks’ five regions have been allocated $20,000 to support conservation projects, and $20,000 to support recreation projects.  There is also $40,000 for multi-regional projects. To access this funding for a specific park, please contact your local BC Parks staff … Continued