Love is in the air in BC Parks



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Garibaldi Provincial Park – Photo by Lisa Lee

Are you looking for last minute Valentine’s Day inspiration? We asked BC Parks Facebook fans, employees and park operators to share their most romantic stories in BC Parks.

I met my husband on a glorious sunny day in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It is true that love happens when you are not looking for it. I fell in love with him under this sunset in Garibaldi.

  • Lisa, BC Parks Visitor

I have always had a strong connection to parks. Growing up in Vernon, I spent hours hiking, biking and swimming in Kalamalka Park. It was an easy decision to get married here. We had a small ceremony of 7 people; and a pair of bald eagles even attended! It was perfect on so many levels.

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Kalamalka Provincial Park – Photo by: Otylia Photography
  • Sydney, BC Parks Employee

Having just moved to the island, my boyfriend and I wanted to explore some of the coast. We decided on a hike to Mystic Beach. We got to the shore and unpacked our picnic right next to a small trickling waterfall. Then he got down on one knee and proposed to me! Of course, I said yes!

  • Stephanie, BC Parks Visitor

During the summer of 2003, my boyfriend Daniel and I spent several days camping in Englishman River Falls Park on Vancouver Island. As we were packing up, grimy from several days without showers, Daniel suddenly dropped on one knee and asked me to marry him. We’ve been married for almost 12 years now and have two beautiful daughters, and continue to create family memories in BC Parks.

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Joanna and family, Cathedral Provincial Park
  • Joanna, BC Parks Employee

My story is that my wife Jo and I met while working at Manning Park Resort during the 2003-2004 ski season. Nine years later we drove back from Thunder Bay to get married at Lightning Lakes Day Use. It even snowed during the ceremony (March 10th). We both came back to work here when the current resort ownership took over in 2013.

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Troy and Jo, Lightning Lakes in EC Manning Provincial Park
  • Troy, Manning Park Lodge

One of our most romantic experiences in BC Parks (and we have several) was during our August 2015 backcountry canoe trip on Murtle Lake in Wells Gray Park. In August 2015 we went on a week-long backcountry canoe trip to Murtle Lake. We paddled around the lake and visited many of the beautiful sandy beach campsites. We had blue skies, calm water, good trout fishing, nice swims, starry nights and celebrated our 24th Wedding Anniversary during that trip. A truly magical and amazing trip!

Ben and Tekah at Murtle Lake
Ben and Tekah, Murtle Lake
  • Tekah and Ben, Ben is a BC Parks Employee

For our honeymoon, my husband and I drove all the way from southern BC to Inuvik, via the stunning Dempster Highway, and back. Along the way we camped in some lovely BC Parks. In Charlie Lake Park campground we woke to a Moose cow and calf peeking at us from through the lovely aspen forest, and in Beatton Park we enjoyed the beach and listening to the amazing array of songbirds. Liard River Hot Springs was a highlight because of the romantic nature of the hot springs and surrounding setting. It was a special trip, but some of the more beautiful moments occurred in our BC Parks.

  • Anna, BC Parks Employee

On Valentine’s Day 2010, my greatest experience was to accompany my new wife from Morocco to Canada; soon after introducing Touria to the west coast. We toured French and Sombrio Beaches, and an old favorite – John Dean Park. Touria fully loved the tall trees, the green mosses and ocean vistas.

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Touria and Jarret
  • Jarrett and Touria, BC Parks Visitors

My wife and I were married in beautiful ceremony in Parksville. We both love being in nature and chose to do our wedding photos at Rathtrevor Provincial Park.

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Bryan and Jessica, Rathtrevor Provincial Park
  • Bryan, BC Parks Employee

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2 responses to “Love is in the air in BC Parks

  1. Caitlin

    Hi! Do you need a permit to have a small wedding ceremony in a provincial campsite?

    1. Kealey

      Whether an event can be held in a provincial park depends a great deal on the details of the event. How many people and vehicles, what type of ceremony, which park and where in the park you wish to hold it, what time of day, and which day, any structures, food or beverages? There are different rules depending on which park.
      I would encourage you to contact the park operator directly to ask about your event. Contact information may be found on the web page for the park, on the left hand side of the page. When you call or email, please be sure to note the park you are asking about.