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Tow Hill - Naikoon Provincial Park Lowrie Bay - Cape Scott Provincial Park
Click on the photos to check out virtual hikes at these two parks!
Photos: Left - Naikoon Provincial Park - Tow Hill and Right - Cape Scott Provincial Park - Lowrie Bay

Important News & Updates

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February 26, 2015Frontcountry reservations open Sunday March 15th, 9a.m. PT

Reservations for BC Parks’ frontcountry campsites open Sunday March 15th, at
9a.m. Pacific Time. Campers can make their reservations up to 3 months in advance of their arrival date. Since the Friday of the May long weekend falls exactly 3 months from March 15th, BC Parks anticipates that reservation demand will be very high on opening day. Park visitors wishing to start their trip planning are encouraged to go on the Discover Camping website to view the new campgrounds added this year, look at pictures and have a few alternate sites in mind before the big opening. Any new inventory will be available on Discover Camping starting on March 11th.

A tip for prepared park visitors; if you already know where you’d like to make a frontcountry reservation, try accessing the alternate (simplified) mobile interface which can be accessed by any internet device.

For more tips on securing reservations, please view our Top Tips for making reservations. If you want more information about BC Parks’ reservation policies, please click on the appropriate icon on our Reservation Service Page. To find out what’s new about Discover Camping, please see the News Release.

January 22, 2015New Recreation User Fee Schedule

BC Parks has published the 2015 Recreation User Fee Schedule.

» Here is the 2015 fee schedule. [PDF 116KB]
» Here is the news release.

January 8, 2015BC Parks 2013/14 Annual Report and Statistics Report

The BC Parks 2013/14 Annual Report provides information on the full breadth of BC Parks’ management activities. The Annual Report tells BC Parks’ success stories, recognizes the work done by staff and our many partners, showcases key projects and facility investments, and discusses challenges and lessons learned.

The BC Parks 2013/14 Statistics Report is available below. It contains detailed park attendance and revenue tables and graphs, satisfaction survey information and financial tables.

» BC Parks 2013/14 Annual Report [PDF 2.1MB]

» BC Parks 2013/14 Statistics Report [PDF 1.24MB]

December 31, 2014Avalanche Canada Extends Special Public Avalanche Warning to January 4, 2015

The forecasters at Avalanche Canada have extended a special public avalanche warning. This updated warning applies to the North Rockies, Cariboos, North Columbia, South Columbia, Kootenay-Boundary, Purcells, South Rockies, Lizard and Flathead, and South Coast Inland regions, and has been extended to include the Sea-to-Sky region near Whistler and Pemberton. This warning applies to recreational backcountry users and is in effect until Sunday, January 4.

For more information, please visit: http://www.avalanche.ca/ Be safe!!

December 5, 2014Get Outside BC - 2014 Final Report

Get Outside BC (GOBC) is a youth leadership project that aims to strengthen youth attachment to British Columbia’s great outdoor spaces by empowering young leaders across the province.

GOBC started in 2011 and is now completing its fourth successful year. GOBC is a collaborative effort between BC Parks, CPAWS-BC, MEC, and the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. For the past four years, significant funding support (cash and in-kind) for the project came from BC Parks and MEC. This year additional funding came from the Hamber Foundation.

To learn more about the project, go to www.getoutsidebc.ca and check out the 2014 Final Report below!

» View The Final Report [PDF 2.44MB]
October 28, 2014Kids Art Contest Winners 2014

For the 2013 Art Contest, BC Parks asked young artists to tell us what their favourite family activity is in a park. Thanks to all the amazing young artists who submitted their masterpieces for judging!

» View the 2014 winners artwork!

October 23, 2014Learn to Fish – 2014 Final Report

In 2014 the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC), in partnership with Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF), Columbia Basin Trust Fund, the Province of B.C., Teck Highland Valley Copper, BC Chrysler Dodge Advertising Association, Rapala, and BC Parks, delivered the Learn to Fish (L2F) program to 4,199 youth and their families over 115 sessions in provincial parks across B.C.

Thank you for your continued support of this program.

» View the Learn to Fish 2014 Final Report. [pdf]

September 23, 2014The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup comes to BC Parks!

Volunteers will be descending on shorelines in BC Parks throughout the province during the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, coming up this September and October.

Events will be coordinated by volunteer partners or BC Parks staff and are a great opportunity for anyone interesting in trying out volunteering in BC Parks.

» Visit the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup website and search for a cleanup in a provincial park in your area.

September 5, 2014Campfire ban rescinded in the Cariboo Fire Centre

Effective at 12 p.m. on Friday, September 5, 2014, campfires will once again be allowed throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 27, 2014Campfire ban rescinded in Northwest Fire Centre

Effective at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, campfires will once again be allowed throughout the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 26, 2014Campfire ban will be rescinded throughout the Coastal Fire Centre on Thursday, August 28, at noon.

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Thursday, August 28, campfires will once again be permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

The Coastal Fire Centre is rescinding its existing campfire prohibition due to cooler weather in the forecast, which will result in a decreased wildfire risk in the region.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 21, 2014Campfire ban rescinded in Kamloops Fire Centre

Please be advised the Kamloops Fire Centre is rescinding the campfire /open fire in an outdoor stove prohibition as of 5:00pm today, August 21, 2014. The prohibition against Category 2 and 3 open fires within KFC remains in effect.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 18, 2014UPDATE: Highway 16 has been reopened.

Highway 16 has been reopened as of Saturday morning. Please check www.drivebc.ca for the most up to date information regarding the closure on Highway 16.

August 15, 2014Campfire ban rescinded in Southeast Fire Centre

Effective at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, Aug. 15, campfires once again will be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

The current campfire ban is being rescinded due to cooler weather in the forecast and recent precipitation that has resulted in a decreased wildfire risk in the region.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 15, 2014Forest Fire - Highway 16 Closed In Both Directions

Highway 16 is closed to traffic from 4km east of Topley to 18km west of Burns Lake until further notice, due to forest fire activity. Please check www.drivebc.ca for the most up to date information regarding the closure on highway 16. An alternate route is available for all traffic via Colleymount/Morice Forest Service Roads (150km on gravel roads) EXCEPT overwidth, overlength, and overweight loads.

Attached is a map illustrating detour for the highway 16 closure. [pdf]

Visitors with reservations at the following provincial park campgrounds: Lakelse Lake, Tyhee Lake, Prudhomme Lake, Red Bluff, Meziadin Lake, and Kleanza Creek, and are unable to get to the campgrounds due to the highway 16 closure SHOULD:

  1. Cancel their reservations.
  2. Once reservations are cancelled you can apply for a refund by going to the following webpage: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve/dc_refund_guidelines.html
  3. On the above listed page (near bottom of page) click on link called ’Park conditions that prevent access or cause evacuations’. This link will take you to an application form to request a refund.
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