BC Parks Mission and Mandate
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
BC Parks is committed to serving British Columbians and their
and managing for future generations a wide variety of outstanding
park lands which represent the best natural features and diverse
wilderness environments of the province.
province-wide opportunities for a diversity of high quality
and safe outdoor recreation that is compatible with protecting
the natural environment.
Inherent in this mandate is the requirement to maintain a balance
between BC Parks’ goals for protecting natural environments
and outdoor recreation.
BC Parks is also responsible for the management of the provincial
system of ecological reserves, established under the authority
of the Ecological Reserve Act. The purpose of the Ecological Reserves
System is to:
- maintain British Columbia’s ecological diversity through the preservation
of representative, and special natural ecosystems, plant and
animal species, features and phenomena.
reserves offer long-term research and educational opportunities
as well as limited, non-consumptive public uses, such as nature
photography and bird watching.
BC Parks’ authority is drawn from three pieces of legislation,
the Park Act, Ecological Reserve Act and the Environment
and Land Use Act, and their associated regulations, policies
BC Parks has also been assigned responsibility for regulations related to
commercial river rafting (the Commercial River Rafting Safety Act)
and regional parks, the Park (Regional) Act.
In addition, BC Parks provides the lead in coordinating government’s
role in the BC and Canadian Heritage Rivers Systems.