Licence Plate-Funded Projects in BC Parks

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.

The BC Parks Licence Plate Program was launched to create an opportunity for British Columbians to show their support for provincial parks and protected areas by purchasing a park themed licence plate from ICBC Auto Broker agents throughout BC.

BC Parks Licence Plates sales continue to exceed expectations with revenue from the sales of BC Parks specialty licence plates being invested into a number of diverse programs and projects related to conservation, community engagement, and Indigenous relations that will further preserve and improve BC Parks’ natural spaces.

Check back regularly for updates on the latest BC Parks licence plate-funded projects.

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Mapping on Haida Gwaii

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BC Parks, supported by licence plate donations, partnered with the Council of the Haida Nation to create an ecosystem map of Naikoon Provincial Park in Haida Gwaii.

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Strathcona Wilderness Institute

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The SWI inspires awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world through education and community connections.

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Purden Lake Playground

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BC Parks celebrated the opening of an accessible playground at Purden Lake Provincial Park.

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Phantom Orchid Survey

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A survey was conducted to search for the endangered phantom orchid in two South Coast protected areas.

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Oregon Forest Snail Survey

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BC Parks staff searched suitable habitat for the endangered Oregon forest snail.

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Restoring King George Wetlands

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Assessments were conducted to plan for future restoration of wetlands in King George Provincial Park.

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North American Bat Inventory

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BC Parks partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society and others to survey bat populations in BC.

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Bat Gate

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A gate at Cody Caves was replaced to protect karst features and allow for bats to enter.

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Bear Cache Poles

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Eight new bear cache poles were introduced in Garibaldi Provincial Park to keep bears and humans safe.

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Chun T'oh Whudujut Opening

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A family-friendly event was held to celebrate the opening of Ancient Forest/Chun T'oh Whudujut Park and to sign an MOU acknowledging its co-management.

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Student Rangers

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BC Parks Student Ranger Program offers 48 young adults hands-on work experience throughout the province.

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Miracle Beach Nature House

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Improvements were made to the Nature House in Miracle Beach Park, and a new digital interpretive display was installed to engage visitors in learning about the special features of the park!

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Wild BC Workshops

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Through our partnership with the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF), BC Parks is supporting Wild BC professional development workshops.

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Haida Trail Markers

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The Haida Nation, in partnership with BC Parks, have designed trail markers for use in Naikoon Provincial Park that feature traditional Haida symbols.

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Mountain Goats and Sheep

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Finlay-Russel and Tatlatui Provincial Parks in Northern BC were created to protect habitat for fish and wildlife – particularly mountain goats and Stone sheep.

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Whitebark Pine

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Whitebark pine is an endangered alpine tree species that supplies food and habitat for many other species.

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GO Grants

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The GO Grants Program provides funding for school field trips to provincial parks and other natural areas throughout BC.

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).