BC Parks Licence Plates

Purcell Mountains Kermode Bear Porteau Cove

The BC Parks Licence Plate program is a partnership between the Province and ICBC whereby motorists in British Columbia can choose one of three specialty plate designs depicting scenes from B.C.’s parks and protected areas. The designs include the Kermode bear, an elusive white version of black bear found on BC’s coast, the snow-capped Purcell Mountains symbolizing the province’s interior region, and Porteau Cove overlooking Howe Sound.

Available at Autoplan broker offices throughout B.C., the specialty licence plates cost $50 for the initial purchase and $40 for each annual renewal. All net proceeds from the sale and ongoing renewals of the specialty plates are being re-invested back into provincial parks through the Park Enhancement Fund to support a number of diverse programs and projects related to conservation, community engagement, and Indigenous relations.

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Quick Facts:

  • In B.C., there are 1,033 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas, covering more than 14 million hectares or approximately 14.4% of the provincial land base.
  • BC Parks manages the third-largest parks system in North America, behind the United States National Park Service and Parks Canada.
  • The province’s provincial parks receive more than 23 million visits each year.
  • Most passenger vehicles, motorhomes and light commercial vehicles (under 5,500 kg) are eligible for the BC Parks plates. Vehicles that are not eligible include motorcycles, off-road vehicles, trailers, farm-plated vehicles and larger commercial vehicles (over 5,500 kg).
News Release (June 25, 2018)

100,000 licence plates sold

BC Parks has sold 100,000 specialty licence plates, generating $2.3 million toward protecting and preserving provincial parks.