Our mission and authority

Our mission

As a public trust, BC Parks’ mission is to protect representative and special natural places within the province’s protected areas system for world-class conservation, outdoor recreation, education, and scientific study.

Fundamental to implementing BC Parks’ mission is integrating reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples into everything we do.

BC Parks is committed to serving British Columbians and their visitors by:

  • Protecting and managing for future generations a wide variety of outstanding park lands which represent the best natural features and diverse environments of the province
  • Providing province-wide opportunities for a diversity of high quality and safe outdoor recreation that is compatible with protecting the natural environment

Inherent in this mission is the requirement to maintain a balance between BC Parks’ goals for protecting natural environments and outdoor recreation, as well as supporting our reconciliation commitments to Indigenous Peoples.

For more information about BC Parks' mission, or for access to our strategic and guiding documents, contact parkinfo@gov.bc.ca.


The authority and responsibility of BC Parks to manage provincial lands is drawn from several pieces of legislation. This includes acts, and their associated regulations, policies, and agreements.

To learn more about the legislation, and stay up to date on the latest changes, visit our legislation page.

Types of parks

Each piece of land in British Columbia’s protected areas system must be protected and maintained for it’s important natural and cultural values and outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities. Designating different categories of parks allows us to define appropriate uses, and ensure parks are managed according to their own unique values.

Learn more about each type by visiting the types of parks page.


Strathcona was established as the first provincial park in 1911. Since then, we’ve grown to steward over 1000 unique protected lands, and taken on many different forms and responsibilities over the years.

To learn more about our journey, visit the history page.