Silver Star Provincial Park Draft Management Planning Process

BC Parks is in the process of developing a management plan for Silver Star Provincial Park.

Management Planning Schedule

  • Stage 1: Project Plan Approval and Initial Planning (Completed)

    The public comment period on the initial planning stage concluded on January 15th, 2020. BC Parks received 89 public comments forms. We thank all to those who participated and shared important input to the planning process for the park. A link to the compiled submissions is provided.

  • Stage 2: Development of the Draft Management Plan (Completed November 2020)

  • Stage 3: Draft Management Plan Open for Public Review (Completed January 31, 2021)

    • BC Parks sincerely thanks all those who submitted online comments and letters with respect to the draft management plan. Our agency received 64 online comment submissions/letters from the general public. BC Parks has now consolidated the public comments and the summary document [PDF]. BC Parks will also be continuing consultation with key stakeholder groups and First Nations as part of the development of the final draft management plan. In light of COVID-19, public information sessions will not be held for this management planning process at this time. Please check back on this website occasionally for updates on the planning process.
    • The project lead for this planning process is Keith Baric (Planning Section Head) Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy – BC Parks and Conservation Officer Service Division – Kootenay Okanagan Region.

      102 Industrial Place, Penticton British Columbia, V2A 7C8
      Phone: 250 490-8260 or email at Keith.Baric@gov.bc.ca

    • Thank you again for taking the time to participate in helping shape the future of management direction for Silver Star Park.
  • Stage 4: Draft Management Plan developed and approved (in progress)

Background Information

The 5,573-hectare park was originally established in 1940. Since establishment, the park has been subjected to several boundary modifications and two re-designations (e.g. classification as a recreation area in 1976 and then re-established as Class A park in 1989). Portions of the park are situated immediately adjacent to a Controlled Recreation Area (a Land Act tenure) which contains Silver Star Mountain Resort – a four season resort offering a range of recreational opportunities (primarily alpine skiing).

Silver Star Park contains a large-scale cross-country ski operation and associated day-use lodge (Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre) which is independently operated with administrative oversight provided through a park use permit. Winter activities in the park also include snowmobile use (on sanctioned trails) and snowshoeing. Summer and non-winter activities are mostly focused around nature appreciation, hiking, hunting and mountain biking.

Master plans were created for the former Silver Star Recreation Area in November 1980, and again for the park in 1990, but due to significant land use changes, growing popularity, and enhanced recreational opportunities in the park, the master plans are now considered invalid. 

For more information on the planning process:

Keith Baric, Planning Section Head
BC Parks and Conservation Officer Service Division
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Kootenay Okanagan Region
102 Industrial Place, Penticton, BC V2A 7C8
Phone: 250 490-8260
Fax: 250 490-2231
Keith.Baric@gov.bc.ca