Important News and Updates
- 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:
- December 18, 2018 MacMillan Provincial Park trail closures - January 7 to March 15, 2019
- The north side parking and trail area of MacMillan Provincial Park will be closed from January 7 to March 15, 2019 to complete facility upgrades and trail improvements. Please observe highway signage and trail closures.
- December 17, 2018 Cave and surrounding area at Wells Gray Provincial Park is closed to public access
Until risks to public safety have been assessed and engagement with First Nations has been concluded, the newly discovered cave and surrounding area is closed to public access as per the Directors Order [PDF].
Any member of the public in contravention of Order is subject to the following:
Under Section 17 of the Park Act, Section 28:
- 28 (1) A person who contravenes any provision of this Act commits an offence and is liable to a fine of up to $1,000,000 or a term of imprisonment of not more than one year or both.
- (3) When a contravention of the Act or regulations continues for more than one day, the person is guilty of a separate offence for each day on which the contravention continues.
- Under Section 17 of the Park Act, Section 28:
- Any member of the public in contravention of Order is subject to the following:
- October 31, 2018 Maquinna Marine Provincial Park closure January 7 to February 1, 2019
- Maquinna Marine Provincial Park and Protected Area will be closed from January 7 to February 1, 2019 for infrastructure repair. During this time there will be no access to the hot springs.
- October 20, 2018 New name for provincial park a welcome change
- Looking at the signs with the new Indigenous name for Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, Chief Oliver Arnouse of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band cannot help but feel proud.
- October 18, 2018 Goldstream Provincial Park campground will reopen Friday, October 19
- Work within Goldstream Provincial Park campground has been concluded and it will reopen, Friday, October 19. BC Parks would like to thank the public for their patience during the closure.
- October 9, 2018 Salute to the Sockeye draws crowds from near and far
- Organized by the Adams River Salmon Society, the festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors from all over the world. Local Indigenous residents have celebrated the return of the salmon for thousands of years and are part of the festivities. A key component, noted Natalya Melnychuk, festival manager, is the public education offered throughout the event. For more: