It’s impossible to travel in British Columbia without stumbling upon a park. Over 14% of the landmass in BC are parks, making BC Parks the third largest parks system in North America—after the US National Park Service and Parks Canada.

There are over 1,000 provincial parks and protected areas that feature rugged coastlines and snow-capped jagged peaks to old-growth rainforests and rolling grasslands. In these natural spaces thrive a vast number of ecosystems.

Here we share the stories behind parks: learn about conservation projects and the challenges of climate change, be inspired by our volunteers, discover tips on how to be a better park visitor, or learn what it takes to become a BC Parks Ranger.

(cover photo: Boya Lake / Destination BC)

Happy Birthday, Swan Lake Provincial Park!

Posted on June 18, 2018

Categories: BC Parks News | Community Event | Featured

Written by Julia Crawford BC Parks has a long and storied history: the first provincial park (Strathcona) was officially designated a park in 1911, and since then this number has grown to over... Read More

Student Rangers Spring Into Action

Posted on June 14, 2018
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Categories: BC Parks News

Written by Pamela Roth With rakes, saws, loppers, shovels and a heavy Pulaski axe in hand, six student rangers head out onto a trail at Cultus Lake, ready to take on whatever lies... Read More

BC Parks and volunteers fighting the spread of invasive species

Posted on May 28, 2018

Categories: BC Parks News

Written by Pamela Roth Have you ever had a guest who wouldn’t leave? They start to take over your space and soon you find their stuff all over the place? That’s kind of what invasive species... Read More

2018/2019 Volunteer Funding Now Available

Posted on April 28, 2018

Categories: BC Parks News

$240,000 is now available for volunteer projects taking place in or related to BC Parks in 2018/19. Each of BC Parks’ five regions have been allocated $20,000 to support conservation... Read More

Vancouver Island’s Newest Campsite: Croteau Lake

Posted on April 16, 2018

Categories: BC Parks News | Camping Reservation | Featured

Tags: Camping | Hiking |

Are the first signs of spring getting you excited to plan your summer getaways? If you’re anything like us you’re already planning summer escapes: new hikes to tick off, peaks to summit, and... Read More


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