Important News and Updates
- June 17, 2019 Juan de Fuca Marine Trail open for the season
- Extensive upgrades to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail are complete, allowing hikers access to the entire 47-kilometre wilderness trail this season.
- June 14, 2019 Power River Watershed Protected Area receives Indigenous name
- To recognize Indigenous history and culture, the Power River Watershed Protected Area on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island has been renamed the Hisnit River Watershed Protected Area.
- June 7, 2019 BC Parks volunteers recognized for going above and beyond
For more than two decades, Roger Bean has been an active volunteer at E.C. Manning Park. He built a cabin at East Gate, spent countless hours working on backcountry ski route projects and is often immersed in park activities and wildlife research.
Ray Worley is also passionate about BC Parks and has spent more than half a century volunteering in various roles at Kalamalka Lake Park, earning him the nickname “Mr. Kal Park.”
The pair are among hundreds of groups and individuals who donate their time and energy to the 1,033 provincial parks and protected areas throughout British Columbia. BC Parks values the contributions made by volunteers and recognizes those who go above and beyond through its annual achievement awards.
- June 5, 2019 Open burn prohibition to be lifted in Northwest
- Campfires, as well as Category 2 and 3 open burning, will again be allowed throughout the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction beginning at noon on Friday, June 7, 2019. Although fire danger ratings have dropped in the region due to recent rainfall and cooler temperatures, the public is strongly encouraged to exercise caution with any outdoor burning or campfire use.
- May 23, 2019 Nearly 600 campsites added to BC Parks and recreation sites
- Camping enthusiasts will now have more options for enjoying the great outdoors, as 594 new campsites are being added to BC Parks and recreation sites throughout the province.
- April 17, 2019 Public asked to help monitor white-nose syndrome in bats
- On Bat Appreciation Day, April 17, 2019, the Province, in collaboration with the BC Community Bat Program, is asking British Columbians to help preserve the diversity of bat species and be on the lookout for white-nose syndrome (WNS) — a disease that could be catastrophic to bat populations.
- April 11, 2019 Province funding restoration of historic Nanaimo coal mine structure
- A piece of Vancouver Island’s coal mining history will be brought back to life through a $1.4-million contribution from the British Columbia government.
- March 26, 2019 Two popular parks added to Discover Camping reservation service
Camping enthusiasts can soon reserve sites at two popular provincial parks — Joffre Lakes and Tweedsmuir South.
Beginning April 2, 2019, at 7 a.m. Pacific time, the 26 backcountry tent pads at Joffre Lakes will be reservable through Discover Camping, along with 24 vehicle-accessible campsites at Tweedsmuir South.
- March 2, 2019 Mapping project on Haida Gwaii reveals rare ecosystems
Looking at the landscape of Naikoon Provincial Park on Haida Gwaii, Sharilynn Wardrop was left with more questions than answers.
A hand-drawn map created in the 1980s revealed little about the park’s bog, beach, dunes and lush rainforests. Wardrop, a BC Parks protected areas applied ecologist, and other experts, knew it was time to chronicle Naikoon’s ecosystems through terrestrial ecosystem mapping – a process that studies terrain conditions, soil characteristics and plants to create a map outlining different ecosystems. The project wound up revealing rare ecosystems found nowhere else in the province.
- February 7, 2019 Minister’s decision on Tetrahedron Park boundary adjustment
- George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, has evaluated the Chapman Lake expansion project and after careful consideration, is not prepared to move forward with a park boundary amendment in Tetrahedron Provincial Park at this time.
- January 16, 2019 Student Ranger Program accepting applications for 2019 season
- Young adults interested in learning a diverse range of job skills while working outdoors this summer can now apply for the BC Parks Student Ranger Program.
- January 10, 2019 Wells Gray Cave Frequently Asked Questions
- In response to media and public interest in the 2018 discovery of a large cave in Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC Parks is providing information as responses to frequently asked questions: