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September 30, 2016 Unveiling of Park Sign for Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park and Protected Area

Please join the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and MLA for Prince George-Valemount for the unveiling of the park sign at Ancient Forest / Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park (approx. 120 kilometres East of Prince George. The event will take place on Saturday, October 1st starting at 11:00 a.m. Please note that as there is limited parking available at the park, there will be a shuttle bus service available from the Slim Creek rest area from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for all overflow parking. Please consider arriving early to ensure transport to the event site prior to it commencing. Light refreshments will be provided on site, as well, you can expect a visit from the BC Parks’ Mascot, Jerry the Moose.

» Visit the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area webpage.
September 23, 2016 Construction Project Underway to Improve the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area Parking Lot

Drivers along Highway 16 and visitors to the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park are advised that there will be additional closures of the parking lot and Universal Boardwalk and Trail for September and early October, as the Province continues highway intersection improvements and parking lot upgrades to increase the safety and accessibility of the new park.

Thank you very much for your cooperation. For more information about the project, check the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure News Bulletin

» Visit the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area webpage.
September 14, 2016Reserve your spot for two popular BC Parks adventures

Visitors can start planning their trips to two popular BC Parks destinations even earlier this year as bookings for the world-renowned Berg Lake trail and Bowron Lake canoe circuit open soon.

Beginning at 7 a.m. (Pacific Time) on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, those looking to hike the scenic Berg Lake trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park, or paddle the pristine Bowron Lake canoe circuit in Bowron Lake Provincial Park, can reserve a spot for the 2017 season through Discover Camping.

» Click here for more information.
September 2, 2016 Construction Project Underway to Improve the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area Parking Lot

A major construction project is underway to improve the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area parking lot and highway access. The project will ensure safer access and improved parking for park visitors. The project’s completion date is estimated to be September 30, 2016. The construction may limit access to the parking lot. If possible, BC Parks recommends planning your visit to the Ancient Forest boardwalk after the project is complete.

Thank you very much for your cooperation. For more information about the project, check the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure News Bulletin

» Click here for more information about the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area.
September 30, 2016 Unveiling of Park Sign for Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park and Protected Area

Please join the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and MLA for Prince George-Valemount for the unveiling of the park sign at Ancient Forest / Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park (approx. 120 kilometres East of Prince George. The event will take place on Saturday, October 1st starting at 11:00 a.m. Please note that as there is limited parking available at the park, there will be a shuttle bus service available from the Slim Creek rest area from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for all overflow parking. Please consider arriving early to ensure transport to the event site prior to it commencing. Light refreshments will be provided on site, as well, you can expect a visit from the BC Parks’ Mascot, Jerry the Moose.

» Visit the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area webpage.
September 23, 2016 Construction Project Underway to Improve the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area Parking Lot

Drivers along Highway 16 and visitors to the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park are advised that there will be additional closures of the parking lot and Universal Boardwalk and Trail for September and early October, as the Province continues highway intersection improvements and parking lot upgrades to increase the safety and accessibility of the new park.

Thank you very much for your cooperation. For more information about the project, check the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure News Bulletin

» Visit the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area webpage.
September 14, 2016Reserve your spot for two popular BC Parks adventures

Visitors can start planning their trips to two popular BC Parks destinations even earlier this year as bookings for the world-renowned Berg Lake trail and Bowron Lake canoe circuit open soon.

Beginning at 7 a.m. (Pacific Time) on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, those looking to hike the scenic Berg Lake trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park, or paddle the pristine Bowron Lake canoe circuit in Bowron Lake Provincial Park, can reserve a spot for the 2017 season through Discover Camping.

» Click here for more information.
September 2, 2016 Construction Project Underway to Improve the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area Parking Lot

A major construction project is underway to improve the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area parking lot and highway access. The project will ensure safer access and improved parking for park visitors. The project’s completion date is estimated to be September 30, 2016. The construction may limit access to the parking lot. If possible, BC Parks recommends planning your visit to the Ancient Forest boardwalk after the project is complete.

Thank you very much for your cooperation. For more information about the project, check the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure News Bulletin

» Click here for more information about the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area.
September 1, 2016 Campfire ban lifted for all of the Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at noon on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, campfires will once again be allowed throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

Rain has fallen in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre in recent days and more rain is in the forecast, which has reduced the wildfire risk in the region. Members of the public are encouraged to visit: www.bcwildfire.ca to get the latest information about open fire prohibitions in their area.

» Click here for more information.
August 30, 2016 Campfire ban lifted in parts of Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, campfires will once again be allowed throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, except on the southern third of Vancouver Island within the South Island Forest District.

To help protect public safety, campfires remain prohibited in areas south of Hindoo Creek (just north of Buckley Bay), and south of Strathcona Park and Nootka Sound. However, campfires are still permitted within the “Fog Zone” – a band of land two kilometres wide that runs from Owen Point near Port Renfrew to the district boundary of Port Hardy.

The Lower Mainland and the northern two-thirds of Vancouver Island received rain over the weekend, and much of it fell in areas where the campfire ban is being lifted. More rain is in the forecast, so members of the public are encouraged to visit: www.bcwildfire.ca to get the latest information about open fire prohibitions in their area.

» Click here for more information.
August 23, 2016 Campfire ban rescinded after fire danger ratings fall in the Northwest Fire Centre

Effective at noon on Monday, August 22, 2016, campfires and Category 3 open fires are once again allowed in all areas of the Northwest Fire Centre.

» Click here for more information. [PDF 293KB]
August 22, 2016 Wildfire Events in the Okanagan

Due to wildfire events, Bear Creek and sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (Okanagan Falls) Provincial Parks have been evacuated and are currently closed until further notice. Updates will be posted to this website as soon as they become available. HWY 97 (West Side road) is closed in both directions from junction 97 south through to Shelter Cove. It is also closed in both directions 8 Km south of Fintry to Fintry Park. Detour unavailable.

Attention Discover Camping customers: Bear Creek and sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (Okanagan Falls) Provincial Parks are closed due to wildfire events. Currently, it is unknown when the parks will re-open. Anyone who has been evacuated from the campground, and those holding a reservation with an arrival date of Sunday August 21 or August 22 will be contacted directly. Your reservation will be cancelled and fully refunded. BC Parks will reassess the situation on August 23rd and update this site accordingly. Any affected customers will be contacted directly. Information will be posted to this web page when it becomes available.

» For updates on road closures please visit Drive BC.
August 19, 2016 Campfires and open burns to be restricted in the Northwest Fire Centre

Effective at noon on Friday, August 19, 2016, campfires and other types of open burning will be prohibited in some areas of the Northwest Fire Centre to help prevent human caused wildfires and protect public safety.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.
August 16, 2016 Campfire ban starts tomorrow within the Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at noon Pacific Time, on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, campfires will be prohibited in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the area known as the ‘Fog Zone’.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.
July 8, 2016 Minister Polak addresses Discover Camping reservation service

Opinion Editorial from Minister Polak: Improving access to provincial campgrounds.

» Click here to read the fact sheet.
June 16, 2016 Hwy 97 is closed between Mackenzie Junction and Chetwynd

Please note that Highway 97 is closed in both directions from Junction with Highway 39, south of Mackenzie to Junction with Highway 29, in Chetwynd (147.8 km) because of flooding. Highway is closed for further assessment as there may be failures in several locations. Please note this will affect travel to Peace Area Parks.

» Please check the Peace River Regional District Emergency Alerts and drivebc.ca for updates.
May 19, 2016 South Okanagan Consultation Summary Report Released

The Ministry of Environment has analysed the more than 3,400 submissions received from British Columbians in response to the Intentions Paper on a Protected Areas Framework for British Columbia’s South Okanagan [PDF 1.86MB] released in August 2015. These submissions have now been summarized in a report. [PDF 2.61MB]

» For more information visit this page.
» Here is the news release.
May 11, 2016 New for 2016: Garibaldi Park accepting reservations

Starting on June 22, 2016, at 7:00 am PT, park visitors will be able to reserve their overnight camping stays for up to 3 months in advance of their arrival date, for the 2016 season at Garibaldi Park for the following campgrounds: Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, and Elfin Lake, and the Elfin Lake Shelter.

During the non-peak periods (October 1st to the last week of June) campers can still register and pay for their overnight fees as a backcountry registration in these campgrounds, except the Elfin Lake Shelter, which will be reservable year-round, on a 3 month rolling window. Please note that all self-registration stations (cash) will no longer be active at the trailheads so park visitors wishing to stay overnight must pre-pay for their permits on the online registration system or the reservation system, depending on their destination or the time of year.

Other camping opportunities in Garibaldi: Helm Campground, Rampart Ponds Campground, Cheakamus Lake (Singing Creek Campground), Cheakamus Campground, Russet Lake Campground and Wedgemount Campground will still be available for backcountry registration, where you can pay your fees ahead of time, but the payment does not guarantee you a spot in that campground.

BC Parks is transitioning from a registration to a reservation system for these high-use campgrounds, during the summer season in Garibaldi Park to better manage visitor demand. These changes will also help to protect the natural values and visitor experiences in this wilderness setting.

If you are interested in making a reservation for the specified campgrounds in Garibaldi Provincial Park, starting on June 22, at 7:00 am PT, please visit: www.discovercamping.ca.

» Click here to view the BC Government News Release.
April 26, 2016 Date change for Berg Lake Trail and Bowron Lake Canoe circuit reservations

Starting on October 1st of 2016, park visitors will be able to reserve their trips for the entire 2017 season for the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit in Bowron Lake Provincial Park and the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park.

This change will allow international and domestic travelers more time to plan and commit to these world class wilderness experiences. If you are interested in making a reservation for the Berg Lake Trail or the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit for the 2016 season, please visit: www.discovercamping.ca

March 24, 2016 Minister Polak introduces amendments to the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act

BC Parks is committed to keeping the public informed about legislative changes to the provincial protected areas system by providing information regarding those changes.

The Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2016 (Bill 15 - 2016) was introduced in the Legislature on March 16, 2016.

» Click here to view our Legislation, Acts and Regulations webpage.

March 23, 2016 BC Parks Invites Public Comments on a DRAFT Public Notification and Engagement Policy for Permits

BC Parks is developing a policy for notifying and engaging with the public on park use permit applications and decisions, and is interested in your views.

» Please visit the webpage to provide your input.

March 7, 2016 Reminder: Frontcountry Reservations open March 15th at 7am

All frontcountry reservations open for up to 3 months prior to the arrival date (i.e. March 15th visitors can book for anything on or before June 15th). Four new frontcountry campgrounds have been added to the reservation system in 2016. Discover Camping customers can now choose from 101 parks, in 122 frontcountry campgrounds and over 5,800 frontcountry campsites.
Also, two new group campsites, four new picnic shelters and 2 new cabins have been added to Discover Camping Reservation System this season. New sites will become publicly viewable on Wednesday, March 9th, at 9:00am Pacific Time.

» Click here to view the BC Government News Release.
February 12, 2016New Recreation User Fee Schedule

BC Parks has published the 2016 Recreation User Fee Schedule.

» Here is the 2016 fee schedule. [PDF 173KB]
» Here is the news release.

December 18, 2015 Bowron and Berg Lake Reservations

Reservations for the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit and the Berg Lake Trail will be available for the 2016 season starting on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 9:00 am (PT). For more information, please visit our Bowron Lake Reservations page, or the Berg Lake Trail Reservations page, or to make your reservation, go directly to the Discover Camping website.

» Click here to view the BC Government News Release.
December 7, 2015 E.C. Manning Provincial Park’s 75th Anniversary is in 2016

Do you have plans for New Years Eve? Did you know that 2016 is E. C. Manning Provincial Park’s 75th Anniversary? Join us and Manning Park Resort as we kick off E. C. Manning’s 75th Anniversary with a free New Years Eve Fireworks display at midnight outside Pinewoods Restaurant or Manning Park Lodge. Welcome the New Year with this dazzling light show!

» Click here for more information.

November 30, 2015 Porteau Cove Opens for Holiday Season Reservations

Reservations can be made beginning December 9 at 7 am PT, for any time from December 18, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Reservations will also be available for the Family Day long weekend, which runs February 5 to 8, 2016.

» For information please see the Porteau Cove web page
» For more information please see the Information Bulletin

November 25, 2015BC Parks Ski Resort Policy Approved

BC Parks Ski Resort Policy for Cypress, E. C. Manning and Mount Seymour Parks was approved on October 30th, 2015.

» For more information and to view the approved policy please visit the webpage.

November 5, 2015Learn to Fish – 2015 Final Report

In 2015 the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, in partnership with Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Columbia Basin Trust Fund, the Province of British Columbia, Teck Highland Valley Copper, BC Chrysler Dodge Advertising Association, Rapala, and BC Parks, delivered the Learn to Fish program to 4,531 youth and their families over 130 sessions in provincial parks across British Columbia.

Thank you for your continued support of this program.

» View the Learn to Fish 2015 Final Report. [pdf]

October 16, 2015Kids Art Contest Winners 2015

For the 2015 Art Contest, BC Parks asked young artists to draw, colour or paint their favourite BC Park. Thanks to all the amazing young artists who submitted their masterpieces for judging!

» View the 2015 winners artwork!

September 1, 2015 Campfire ban rescinded in Kamloops Fire Centre
Effective at noon on Monday, August 31, 2015, campfires are once again permitted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.
» Please see Wildfire Management’s Media Release.
August 31, 2015 Campfires permitted again in the Southeast Fire Centre
Effective at noon on Monday, August 31, campfires are once again permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.
» Please see Wildfire Management’s Media Release.
August 28, 2015 Coastal Fire Centre Rescinds Campfire Restriction
Effective noon today, Friday August 28/15, the Coastal Fire Centre is rescinding the Campfire Restriction currently in effect over Southern Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, Pemberton, Squamish and the Fraser Valley.
» Please see Wildfire Management’s Media Release.
August 13, 2015 Evacuation Order in Effect for Kettle River Recreation Area
Due to a wildfire in Kettle River Recreation Area, there is an evacuation order in effect. Kettle River and access to it, is closed. BC Parks will arrange to refund Discover Camping reservation customers affected by this emergency situation.
» Click for more information about current wildfires.
August 12, 2015 Campfire ban lifted in parts of Coastal Fire Centre
Effective at noon on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, campfires will once again be permitted in the Campbell River Natural Resource District, within the Coastal Fire Centre's jurisdiction.

A detailed map of affected areas is available online at:http://bit.ly/1hwsHBG
» Please see Wildfire Management’s Media Release.
July 28, 2015 Campfire ban lifted in parts of Coastal Fire Centre
Effective at noon on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, campfires will once again be permitted in the North Island-Central Coast Natural Resource District within the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://bit.ly/1Iq1iLN
» Please see Wildfire Management’s Media Release.
July 28, 2015 Campfires allowed east of Fraser River in the Cariboo
Effective at noon on Monday, July 27, 2015, campfires will once again be allowed east of the Fraser River within the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. Campfires remain prohibited west of the Fraser River.

A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://bit.ly/1Ob1XSb
» Please see Wildfire Management’s Media Release.
July 21, 2015 Campfire ban to be rescinded in Northern Regions
Effective at noon on Wednesday July 22, 2015, campfires will once again be allowed throughout the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction and the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

A maps of the areas are available online at http://bit.ly/1HOZecu for Northwest and http://bit.ly/1LAXdWf for Prince George
» Please see Wildfire Management’s Media Release for Northwest.
» Please see Wildfire Management’s Media Release for Prince George.
July 15, 2015 Campfire ban partially rescinded in Coastal Fire Centre
Effective at noon on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, campfires will once again be permitted in Haida Gwaii and the area known as the “Fog Zone” within the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

The Coastal Fire Centre is lifting the campfire prohibition in these two areas only, due to the amount of precipitation recently received there and prevailing marine climate conditions, particularly in the “Fog Zone”.

A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://bit.ly/1Ob1XSb
» Please see Wildfire Management’s Media Release.
July 9, 2015 Alaska Highway Information
For those people travelling on the Alaska Highway, please see the BC Wildfire Service webpage for the latest updates.
July 7, 2015 Complete campfire ban in place in Coastal Fire Centre
Effective at noon on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, the existing campfire ban in the Coastal Fire Centre will be expanded to cover all areas within the fire centre’s jurisdiction, including the “Fog Zone,” to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
» Please see Wildfire Management’s Media Release.
July 3, 2015 Campfires, open fires and fireworks banned throughout B.C.
Effective at noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, July 3, 2015, all open burning, including campfires and fireworks, will be prohibited throughout the majority of the province, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.

This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.
» Please see Wildfire Management’s Media Release.
June 26, 2015 Campfire bans affecting BC Parks
For information on campfire bans affecting BC Parks, please see provincial parks affected by fire restrictions.
June 6, 2015Electrified sites at Kekuli Bay available for reservation starting June 11th

Due to popular demand, on June 11th 2015 at 7 am, the 4 (# 70-73) electrified campsites at Kekuli Bay Provincial Park will be available for reservations on the Discover Camping reservation website. These small, paved sites offer both 15 amp and 30 amp service.

As part of this enhancement, BC Parks has also modernized the look and feel of the Discover Camping website. Customers will still be able to enjoy the same functionality as usual, but will hopefully appreciate the new colour schemes and pictures.

May 21, 2015Extreme Fire Danger Ratings in the Northeast

The Wildfire Management Branch is encouraging the public to exercise
caution with any recreational activities in the backcountry. Fire conditions in the Prince George Fire Centre remain volatile and new incidents are being reported daily.

» Click here for the most current fire danger rating map.
» Click here for fire ban information.
March 13, 2015REMINDER: Reservations open Sunday, March 15th at 9am PDT

Reservations for frontcountry campsites open on Sunday, March 15th, which means campers can start making reservations for up to 3 months in advance of their arrival date, starting at 9am PDT.

Discover Camping’s interactive system allows visitors to view availability, layout and campsite amenities and then book front country sites up to 3 months in advance. Need some tips on how to reserve?

» For the top 10 tips for making reservations, click here.
March 6, 2015BC Parks Invites Public Comments on a DRAFT Ski Resort Policy for the 3 Ski Resorts in Provincial Parks.

BC Parks is developing a policy for the three ski resorts within provincial parks at Cypress, Mount Seymour and EC Manning Parks and is interested in your views.

» Please visit the webpage to provide your input.

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 2 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.
August 15, 2014Campfires allowed again in part of Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at noon on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, campfires will once again be allowed within the Fraser Fire Zone (most of the Lower Fraser Valley) of the Coastal Fire Centre.

However, a campfire prohibition remains in place for all other areas in the Coastal Fire Centre, except for the coastal "fog zone" and Haida Gwaii.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 12, 2014Campfire and open fire bans set for part of Northwest

Effective at 4 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2014, campfires and open burning will be prohibited in some areas of the Northwest Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. This prohibition will remain in place until Sept. 15 or until the public is otherwise notified.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.

August 5, 2014Campfires to be banned within Southeast Fire Centre

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.

July 31, 2014 Campfire ban: Coastal Fire Centre effective Aug. 1 at noon

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Friday August 1st, 2014, all open burning (including campfires, Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires) will be prohibited in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre except the “fog zone” and Haida Gwaii. For more information please see the individual park pages or our page dedicated to Campfire Bans & Closures.

July 25, 2014Campfire ban rescinded in a portion of the Cariboo

Effective at noon on Friday, July 25, 2014, campfires will once again be permitted in the Cariboo Fire Centre east of the Fraser River. The Cariboo Fire Centre is rescinding its campfire prohibition in this area due to cool and wet weather conditions.

» Click here for more information about this update.

July 23, 2014Campfires temporarily allowed in Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at noon on July 23, 2014, campfires will once again be permitted
throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. The Coastal Fire Centre is rescinding its campfire prohibition due to forecasted cool and rainy weather conditions.

» Click here for more information about this update.

July 23, 2014Campfire ban rescinded for Clearwater Fire Zone

Effective at 12 noon on July 23, campfires remain prohibited in all areas of the Kamloops Fire Centre except the Clearwater Fire Zone.

» Click here for more information about this update.

July 21, 2014Campfire ban rescinded in Northwest Fire Centre

Effective at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014, campfires will once again be permitted throughout the Northwest Fire Centre's jurisdiction. The Northwest Fire Centre is rescinding its campfire prohibition due to forecasted cool and rainy weather conditions.

» Click here for more information about this update.

July 17, 2014Hey Kids! Please enter our BC Parks Kids Art Contest!

BC Parks wants young artists to create artwork showing their favourite family activity in a park!! Create your original art work, give it to the park operator or mail to BC Parks by September 15, 2014 to be eligible for great BC Parks prizes!

» Click here for more information about the contest.

July 16, 2014Campfire ban starts tomorrow within the Northwest Fire Centre

Effective at 4 pm Pacific Time on July 17, 2014, campfires and open burning will be prohibited in some portions of the Northwest Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.

July 16, 2014Campfire ban starts tomorrow within the Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at noon Pacific Time on July 17, 2014, all open burning (including campfires, Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires) will be prohibited in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre except the “fog zone” and Haida Gwaii.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.

July 15, 2014Campfire ban starts tomorrow within the Cariboo Fire Centre

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, campfires will be prohibited in the Cariboo Fire Centre west of the Fraser River to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.

July 15, 2014Campfire ban starts tomorrow within the Kamloops Fire Centre

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, all campfires will be prohibited throughout the entire Kamloops Fire Centre. This also includes the use of tiki torches.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.

May 16, 2014BC Parks Invites Public Comments on a Policy Intentions Paper for the 3 Ski Resorts in Provincial Parks.

BC Parks is developing a policy for the three ski resorts within provincial parks at Cypress, Mount Seymour and EC Manning Parks and is interested in your views.

» Please visit the webpage to provide your input.

May 15, 2014Discover Camping Reservation Service Stabilized

Please be advised that BC Parks’ service provider has stabilized both online and call centre services. All reservations are, once again, being processed normally. 

BC Parks continues to work with our service provider to build capacity and prevent service disruptions from occurring in the future.

We would like to thank our Discover Camping customers for their understanding and patience. 

May 14, 2014Discover Camping: Still experiencing intermittent technical difficulties (May 14)

Please be advised that the Discover Camping reservation online service is experiencing intermittent technical difficulties. The system is working sporadically so some customers may wish to keep trying to make online reservations.

Please note: Call Centre phone services have now been restored.

BC Parks is working with our service provider to resolve this issue and will update our website to reflect any changes. BC Parks would like to thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this.

May 13, 2014Discover Camping: Temporary service disruption 1-3 pm, Tuesday May 13th

Please be advised that the Discover Camping reservation system has been experiencing some technical difficulties. In order to address these issues, an emergency fix will take place today (May 13th) between 1-3 pm (Pacific Time). No reservation services will be available during this time. The Backcountry Registration system will also be affected by this temporary closure.  BC Parks would like to thank you for your patience while we resolve this.

April 25, 2014Exciting Opportunity for Youth: Get Outside BC 2014

What is Get Outside BC?

Get Outside BC is a collaborative youth leadership project that aims to strengthen youth attachment to British Columbia’s wilderness by empowering young leaders across the province. The project is a collaborative effort between CPAWS-BC, BC Parks, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.

The call for applications for the 2014-2015 session is now open!
Submit your application no later than 6pm on Friday, May 2nd, 2014.

» For more information on the program and how to apply go to: www.getoutsidebc.ca

April 23, 2014PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED: BC Parks Invites Public Comments on a Draft Policy for Issuing Park Use Permits for Research Purposes.

BC Parks is clarifying the legislative and policy framework for research activities in parks and protected areas and are interested in your views.

Once again we welcome your comments on the draft policy, and will accept comments until May 12th, 2014.

» Please visit the web page to provide your comments.
April 16, 201410 year monitoring report for Cowichan River

The Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) was established in 1984 by federal, provincial and territorial governments to conserve rivers with outstanding natural, cultural and recreational heritage, to give them national recognition, and to encourage the public to enjoy and appreciate them.

BC Parks is pleased to post the 10 year monitoring report for Cowichan River, which is a requirement of being a Canadian Heritage River.

» Click here to view information about the Canadian Heritage Rivers System including the report.
April 16, 2014BC Parks is now accepting applications for the 2014/15 Park Enhancement Fund

The Park Enhancement Fund supports projects that engage the local volunteer community, for details please visit the BC Parks Volunteer Community Blog.

» Click here to view the blog.
March 14, 2014REMINDER: Reservations open tomorrow March 15th at 9am PDT

Please be aware the Frontcountry Camping Reservation Service will open on a Saturday this year, this means reservations will be taken starting at 9am PDT.

Discover Camping’s interactive system allows visitors to view availability, layout and campsite amenities and then book front country sites up to 3 months in advance. Need some tips on how to reserve?

» For the top 10 tips for making reservations, click here.
March 4, 2014BC Parks Invites Public Comments on a Draft Policy for Issuing Park Use Permits for Research Purposes.

BC Parks is clarifying the legislative and policy framework for research activities in parks and protected areas and are interested in your views.

Please visit the web page to provide your input.

February 20, 2014Special Public Avalanche Warning for Most of BC’s Mountainous Regions

Special Public Avalanche Warning for most of BC’s mountainous regions in effect for all CAC forecast regions except for the North Shore and Yukon from February 20 (today) until February 26.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre warns of significant potential for large, destructive avalanches in forecast regions.

Before heading out to the backcountry, please check the Canadian Avalanche Centres’ (CAC) webpage for Avalanche Warnings.

» For the latest bulletin, click here.
February 20, 2014Reservations Open on March 15th at 9am PDT.

On March 15 starting at 9:00 am (PDT) reservations for front country campsites, for up to 3 months prior to your arrival date, open.

Please be aware the Frontcountry Camping Reservations Service will open on a Saturday this year, this means reservations will be taken starting at 9am PDT.

» For more information about reservations, click here.
February 4, 2014Get Outside BC - 2013 Final Report

For the third year in a row, BC Parks partnered with CPAWS-BC, the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada and MEC to host the Get Outside BC Youth Leadership program. Through this project we are building a network of young people across the province who are passionate about parks and spending time outside.

If you don’t have enough time to read the whole report, click here for a 2 minute summary video. To learn more about the project, go to www.getoutsidebc.ca and check out the Final Report below!

» View The Final Report [PDF 3.37MB]
January 14, 2014Highway 16 Reopened
Highway 16 near Mount Robson at the BC and Alberta border has been reopened, after an avalanche Monday morning had closed the highway for most of the day.

For recent highway reports, and driving conditions, please visit the Drive BC web site: http://www.drivebc.com/mobile/pub/events/majorevents.html
January 13, 2014Avalanche closes Highway 16
A large avalanche deposited debris on Highway 16 at Shale Hill, east of the Robson Visitor center.

Highway 16 is currently closed between Tete Jaune Cache and the Alberta Border due to high avalanche hazard. The Ministry of Transportation is monitoring the situation. It is unknown when the highway will be open, but updates will be posted to the Drive BC web site as information comes available: http://www.drivebc.com/mobile/pub/events/majorevents.html
November 21, 2013BC Parks 2012/13 Annual Report and Statistics Report

The BC Parks 2012/13 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 2012/13 Statistics Report is available below. It contains detailed park attendance and revenue tables and graphs, satisfaction survey information and financial tables.

» BC Parks 2012/13 Annual Report [PDF 2.28MB]

» BC Parks 2012/13 Statistics Report [PDF 987.32KB]

October 23, 2013Learn to Fish – 2013 Final Report

In 2013 the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC), in partnership with Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF), Columbia Basin Trust Fund, the Province of B.C., and BC Parks, delivered the Learn to Fish (L2F) program to 2,599 youth and their families over 80 sessions in provincial parks across B.C.

Thank you for your continued support of this program.

» View the Learn to Fish 2013 Final Report. [pdf]

October 23, 2013BC Parks' Online Store has New Items!

Have you checked out the BC Parks Mechandise pages lately? We have new products; beautiful BC Parks travel mugs and and water bottles.

» Click here to view the catalogue.

October 22, 2013Kids Art Contest Winners 2013

For the 2013 Art Contest, BC Parks asked young artists to tell us what they like best about BC Parks. Thanks to all the amazing young artists who submitted their masterpieces for judging!

» View the 2013 winners artwork!

August 26, 2013Campfires allowed within the Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at noon on Aug. 26, 2013, the campfire ban in the Coastal Fire Centre was rescinded due to a decreased risk of wildfires. Campfires now will be permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre.

The public is reminded that campfires cannot be larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide. Anyone who lights a campfire must have a hand tool (such as a shovel) or at least eight litres of water available to fully extinguish it. Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure that the ashes are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 26, 2013Campfire ban rescinded for Kamloops Fire Centre

Effective at 12 noon on Monday, Aug. 26, campfires will be permitted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.

Anyone lighting a campfire must follow B.C.’s campfire regulations, which include the following:
-The campfire must not exceed the allowed size of a half-metre wide by a half-metre high.
-Flammable material (such a twigs and pine needles) must be removed from around the campfire area and this fuel-free area must be maintained while the campfire is burning.
-A shovel or at least eight litres of water must be on site to properly extinguish the fire.
-Never leave a campfire unattended.
-The ashes must be cool to the touch before you leave the area.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 21, 2013Campfire ban rescinded for Clearwater Fire Zone

Effective at 12 noon on Wednesday, Aug. 21, campfires will remain prohibited in all areas of the Kamloops Fire Centre except the Clearwater Fire Zone.

A map of the areas covered by the campfire ban is available online. Click here to view the map.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 20, 2013Campfire ban lifted in areas of Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, campfires and Category 3 open fires will be permitted in the following areas of the Coastal Fire Centre: from Courtenay north on Vancouver Island and on the Mainland from Hotham Sound north.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 20, 2013Campfires to be allowed within Cariboo Fire Centre

Effective at 12 noon on Aug. 20, 2013, the current campfire ban in the Cariboo Fire Centre will be rescinded due to a decreased risk of wildfires. Campfires will now be permitted throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 16, 2013Update to - Campfires banned throughout Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at noon on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, campfires and Category 3 open fires will be permitted in the geographic area of the Mount Waddington Regional District.

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 14, 2013Open fires now permitted in the Northwest Fire Centre

Effective at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, all campfires and most open fires will be permitted across the Northwest Fire Centre's jurisdiction.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.

August 9, 2013Update to - Campfires banned throughout Northwest Fire Centre

Further to the campfire ban that came into effect Tuesday, Aug. 6, effective at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 2013, the following are exempted as noted:

Furlong Bay Campground; Lakelse Lake, in designated fire rings or pits, between the hours of 0700-1100 and 1700-2300, Aug. 9, 2013 -- Sept. 15, 2013

Tyhee Lake Provincial Campground; Tyhee Lake, in designated fire rings or pits, Aug. 9, 2013 -- Sept. 15, 2013

Kleanza Creek Provincial Campground; in designated fire rings or pits, between the hours of 0700-1100 and 1700-2300, Aug. 9, 2013 -- Sept. 15, 2013

Beaver Point Resort; Tchesinkut Lake, in designated fire rings or pits, Aug. 9, 2013 -- Sept. 15, 2013

Kin Kiddies Kamp; Lakelse Lake, Aug. 9, 2013 -- Aug. 12, 2013

» Click here for more information about this update.

August 7, 2013Campfires banned throughout Northwest Fire Centre

Effective at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, all open burning (including campfires) are prohibited in the Nadina, Bulkley and Skeena Fire Zones, with the exception of the former North Coast Forest District within the Northwest Fire Centre's jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Thank you for your patience while we update our park webpages.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.

July 31, 2013Campfire ban starts tomorrow within the Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at 12 noon on Thursday, August 1, 2013, all open fires, including campfires are banned in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre, except for the Fog Zone and Haida Gwaii.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.

July 31, 2013Campfire ban starts tomorrow within the Cariboo Fire Centre

Effective at noon on Thursday, August 1st, all campfires will be banned in the southern portion of the Cariboo Fire Centre.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.

July 31, 2013Campfire ban starts tomorrow within the Kamloops Fire Centre

Effective at noon on Thursday, August 1st, all campfires will be prohibited across the Kamloops Fire Centre.

» Click here for more information about the campfire ban.

July 18, 2013Hey Kids! Please enter our BC Parks Kids Art Contest!

BC Parks wants to know what you like best about BC Parks!
Create your original art work, give it to the park operator or mail to BC Parks by September 12, 2013 to be eligible for great BC Parks prizes!

» Click here for more information about the contest.

June 27, 2013All BC Parks campgrounds are open for the Canada Day
long weekend!

Come on out and celebrate Canada Day in our parks. Recent flooding events in BC and Alberta have not caused any BC Parks campground closures. All campgrounds are open and ready for visitors this weekend!

June 26, 2013Update for Discover Camping customers affected by flooding events:

In recognition of the recent, unprecedented flooding events in southeastern B.C. and southern Alberta, BC Parks understands that not all customers were or are able to claim their reservations made through Discover Camping.

The flooding events caused road closures and severe disruptions for many people during this time. BC Parks recognizes that these events prevented some visitors from accessing their reservations and so streamlined the refund process and made exceptions for the penalties applied to campers who cancel their reservations close to their arrival date.

If the existing or new flooding events prevent customers from accessing their reservations, BC Parks will still consider refunding the forfeited fees (penalties applied if customers cancel close to their arrival date).

For travel advisories in Alberta, please check conditions: http://511.alberta.ca/ab/en.html

For travel advisories in B.C., please check Drive BC: http://www.drivebc.ca/

The process to apply for refunds under these circumstances is out lined below in the June 21 notice.

BC Parks believes enough time has passed to allow most Discover Camping reservation service customers affected by the flooding events, to plan accordingly.

Although the flooding events have limited road access, the majority of BC Parks have not been affected by the flooding. Customers are advised to check individual park pages for up to date information regarding access (if no updates are present, customers can assume the park and its amenities are open).

If customers are choosing not to go camping and decide not to claim their reservations because of the circumstances caused by the flooding (clean up, etc.), BC Parks requests that customers cancel their reservations as soon as possible. This practice will free up the reservable inventory so that other customers can access it. Cancelling before penalty windows take effect has the added benefit that camping fees are credited back to the original credit card instantly and eliminates the need to go through any refund request process (penalties are applied within 7 days in advance of your arrival date for frontcountry campsites and within 28 days in advance for groupsites).

BC Parks seeks to provide fair and equitable service to all our Discover Camping reservation service users, so starting today, June 26th, BC Parks is advising customers that unless conditions exist that prevent Discover Camping customers from accessing their destination park, all regular reservation change and cancellation penalties apply. For more information about these policies, please see:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve/

June 21, 2013Notice to Discover Camping customers affected by flooding:

Notice to Discover Camping reservation system users affected by the flooding events in southeastern British Columbia and southern Alberta.

BC Parks recognizes that the recent and sudden flooding events in southeastern British Columbia and southern Alberta have affected people’s ability to travel in certain parts of both provinces. Please follow the directions below if you are a Discover Camping customer who cannot get to the B.C. provincial park or protected area in which you made your reservation.

Check Drive BC (http://www.drivebc.ca/ ) to verify whether or not your intended travel route or if an alternate route provides access to your destination (if park access is available, customers are expected to honour their reservation and refunds will not be considered).

If you are not able to access the park in which you made a reservation, please:

1)  Contact Discover Camping and cancel your reservation: www.discovercamping.ca , or call 1-800-689-9025 ($5.00 surcharge applies for call centre service)

2) To request a refund for reservations affected by these flooding events please provide the following information in the body of an email to: discover.camping@gov.bc.ca.  We suggest that you copy and paste, and answer the questions below to ensure BC Parks can process your request quickly:

Name of Reservation owner/holder:

Reservation number:

Departure point (where were you travelling from):

Destination:

Which highway(s) or access point(s) prevented you from accessing your destination?

Please note, refunds will not be given if there are highways open and allowing access to the park or if you do not cancel your reservation.

For all other refund requests, please review and fill out a Request for a Refund of Forfeited Fees which can be found on this page:  http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve/dc_refund_guidelines.html

June 21, 2013Flooding Events in B.C.

Parts of our province are keeping a close eye on water levels this morning. In southeastern B.C., nearly every river and stream is swollen and there may be road closures and delays. BC Parks encourages you to check Drive BC for road conditions before setting out to parks today.

» Click here to view Drive BC's map page.

June 21, 2013 Learn to Fish 2013

Angling for some family fun? Learn to Fish!

Learn to Fish is an exciting initiative designed to introduce participants to recreational fishing. The fun, hands-on lessons make it a perfect fit for youth and their families as well as organized groups of all ages and abilities. Since it's launch in 2006, the program has been delivered to over 100,000 youth and their families across the province!

Click here to learn more about Learn to Fish
April 15, 2013Funding Available for BC Parks Volunteers

BC Parks is providing $240,000 from the Park Enhancement Fund along with a new group insurance program to help support volunteers in BC Parks across the province. This fund will help volunteers participate in regional conservation and recreation projects, including facility restoration, trail construction and invasive plant control.

For more information, please contact your local BC Parks staff or email BCParks.Volunteer@gov.bc.ca to find out who you should contact.

Click here for more information on the program and how to apply!

March 28, 2013Exciting Opportunity for Youth: Get Outside BC 2013

Do you know a young person in B.C. who loves getting outside?

Get Outside BC is a collaborative youth leadership project that aims to strengthen youth attachment to British Columbia’s parks by empowering young leaders across the province. In partnership with CPAWS-BC, MEC and the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, BC Parks will host a 5 day youth leadership summit this summer in Squamish, BC for 40 youth from across the province
– all expenses, including travel and accommodation, are covered. In 2013,
youth are being recruited from Prince George, Kelowna, Hope, Kimberley/Cranbrook, Vancouver and Victoria.

Applications are available April 1, 2013! If you are a B.C. high school student and willing and able to participate in all 3 phases of the project, then you can apply! Applications due April 30th!

» For more information on the program and how to apply go to www.getoutsidebc.ca

March 26, 2013Revised and Updated Ecological Reserve Warden Stewardship Handbook Now Available

Ecological Reserve Wardens volunteer their time to assist with public education, monitor ecological reserves, and provide valuable feedback to BC Parks staff. The revised handbook provides a description of the roles and responsibilities of ecological reserve wardens.

» See our Ecological Reserve pages.

March 26, 2013New Definition of Ecological Integrity for BC’s Parks and Protected Areas Now Available

BC Parks is committed to the proactive stewardship of ecological integrity. This definition of ecological integrity and the associated performance indicators will guide BC Parks staff in managing for conservation. Watch for a report out on performance indicators in Fall of 2013.

» See our Conservation Management pages.

March 21, 2013Donor Gives $214k For Trail Upgrades in Garibaldi Park

An anonymous Vancouver resident - and avid hiker of Garibaldi Provincial Park for almost 50 years - has donated $214,000 to upgrade the Mamquam Lake Trail. The upgrade includes installation of foot bridges and 11 kilometres of trail work; scheduled to be completed this summer.

“The Mamquam Lake Trail is my legacy and gift to future park visitors”.

» Read more about this donor’s story and find out how you can leave a legacy through BC Parks’ Planned Giving Program.

February 27, 2013Now accepting applications for Park Rangers

BC Parks is looking for qualified individuals to work as seasonal Park Rangers in provincial parks throughout the province. Positions will include frontcountry, backcountry or marine parks. A season can last from 3 – 5 months. Please note, the competitions are now closed.

» Check out the relevant education and experience requirements for Park Rangers.

February 27, 2013Legislation Will Establish More Parks and Conservancies

Minister Terry Lake introduced Bill 5-2013, the Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2013 on February 14, 2013.

» Here is the news release.

January 9, 2013Kids Art Contest Winners 2012

BC Parks is grateful to all the amazing volunteers who help to protect and care for our parks. For the 2012 Art Contest, we asked young artists to help us celebrate these dedicated volunteers.

» View the 2012 winners artwork!

January 9, 2013Updated BC Parks Google Map Search Tool

If you haven’t noticed already we have a new and improved google search tool on the BC Parks website.

» Click here to check out the new features!

December 19, 2012Inkaneep Provincial Park Boundary Change

A Proposed Boundary Amendment for Inkaneep Provincial Park is open for public consultation.

Please see the Information Bulletin [PDF 233KB] and accompanying map [PDF 4.6MB]. Comments will be accepted until Midnight on January, 7th 2013. Visit the Inkaneep Park web page for background information on the park. Your input on the proposed boundary adjustment is much appreciated!

» For information on how to comment, click here.
December 17, 2012BC Parks 2011/12 Annual Report and the Statistics Report

The BC Parks 2011/12 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 2011/12 Statistics Report is available below. It contains detailed park attendance and revenue tables and graphs, satisfaction survey information and financial tables.

» BC Parks 2011/12 Annual Report [PDF 2.82MB]

» BC Parks 2011/12 Statistics Report [PDF 1.23MB]

December 6, 2012Get Outside BC - 2012 Final Report

Get Outside BC is a collaborative youth leadership project that aims to strengthen youth attachment to B.C.'s great outdoor spaces. The project was initially developed collaboratively between BC Parks, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC) and Child and Nature Alliance of Canada (CNAC). Further contributors include Mountain Equipment Co-op, Vancouver Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Council, North Face Explore Fund and Parks Canada.

If you don’t have enough time to read the whole report, click here for a 2 minute summary video or skip to page 12 in the report to see an overview of the great youth-led outdoor events that took place in August and September 2012. For more information, check out: getoutsidebc.ca

» View The Final Report [PDF 1.15MB]
November 20, 2012NEW! Berg Lake Trail Reservations Start January 2, 2013

New for 2013: The Berg Lake Trail will now start accepting reservations for the entire 2013 season starting January 2. Previously, Berg Lake Trail users had to wait to make their reservation until March 15.

» Learn More about the Berg Lake Trail

October 12, 2012Learn to Fish – 2012 Final Report

In 2012 the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC), in partnership with
Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) and BC Parks, delivered the
Learn to Fish (L2F) program to 2,765 youth and their families over 78
sessions in provincial parks across BC.

Thank you for your continued support of this program.

» View the Learn to Fish 2012 Final Report. [pdf]
August 9, 2012100 Years of BC Parks Memory Book

2011 was a big year for BC Parks; we celebrated our 100th birthday! Our new memory book summarizes over 250 amazing programs, events and community celebrations. Please continue to enjoy this fantastic year by checking it out.

» Check Out the BC Parks Memory Book.
August 8, 2012 West Nile Virus Information

Higher temperatures mean more mosquitoes, and the BC Centre for Disease Control is warning that some of them may carry West Nile Virus.

Increasing numbers of mosquitoes have been particularly noticeable in the Okanagan and the Fraser Valley, and people in those regions and elsewhere should take appropriate precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

» Read more about West Nile Virus
June 25, 2012 Learn to Fish

Angling for some family fun? Learn to Fish!

Learn to Fish is an exciting initiative designed to introduce participants to recreational fishing. The age specific, fun, hands on lessons make it a perfect fit for youth and their families as well as organized groups of all ages and abilities. To date the program has been a tremendous success and has been delivered to over 80,000 youth and their families across the province!

» Learn more details about Learn to Fish
June 1, 2012 Tsunami Debris Sightings:

Every year, marine debris from a number of sources washes up on coastlines around the world. Along with impacting tens of thousands of lives, the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 also washed debris into the Pacific Ocean. While much of it quickly sank, over the next few years some debris will arrive on B.C.’s coast. There were initial reports of a debris field, but by now ocean currents will have broken it up into smaller, separate pieces of debris. It is unlikely that any debris washing up on B.C. shores will pose a significant environmental or public health risk. In general, report debris that can be attributed to the Japanese tsunami to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov.

More information, including FAQs and information about organized beach clean-up activities, is available on the B.C. Ministry of Environment tsunami debris website at www.tsunamidebrisbc.ca.

May 18, 2012 Text to Donate $5 to kids programs in BC Parks now!

Kids programs can be an exciting, entertaining and educational experience for young park visitors. Expand kids’ appreciation and understanding of the natural world by contributing to this value-added park experience.

Get out your cell phone and simply text BCPARKS to 45678, or follow the link below to enter your cell phone number online to make your $5 donation today!

Read more!

May 17, 2012BC Parks is piloting a long-stay camping program!

Long-stay camping is currently available in these 4 parks.  Please contact the operator to book one of these sites. 

BLANKET CREEK – long-stay camping (available off-season only)
$100.00/week
CROOKED RIVER – long-stay camping (full season)
$65.00/week
ROSEBERY – long-stay camping (full season)
$75.00/week
TUNKWA – long-stay camping (full season)
$70.00 /week

The purpose of this pilot is to test out a new camping option for BC Parks’ visitors.  It is hoped this program will be attractive to users and increase camping attendance and revenue in the off-season and in low-occupancy parks. A minimum of 4 consecutive weeks must be booked to qualify as a long-stay. In addition, a maximum of two vehicles and one trailer (camping trailer, boat trailer or utility trailer) are permitted on a long-stay campsite at any time, and only one of these may be an RV. The second vehicle (non-RV) is exempt from the usual second vehicle charge in order to allow family members or guests to travel to and from the campground. Additional information can be found in the draft policy

If you have any comments or suggestions with regard to this pilot program please leave them here.

April 12, 2012Calling all BC Youth: Get Outside BC Applications due May 7

Get Outside BC is a collaborative youth leadership project that aims to strengthen youth attachment to British Columbia’s parks by empowering young leaders across the province. 2011 was Get Outside BC's first year; it was a great success so we are holding the project again this year (2012).

Applications are now available! If you are a BC resident, between the ages of 14 and 18, and willing and able to participate in all 3 phases of the project (see web page), then you can apply!

Applications are now available for the 2012 project!

March 21, 2012 Youth in Parks Team Applications

Do you love parks and being outside? Are you interested in improving your outdoor leadership skills? Do you want to join a group of people from all over Southern Vancouver Island who are interested in inspiring other youth to get outside and into parks?

Interested? We’d love to have you participate! All you need to do is fill out the application form and provide an answer to the question “Why are parks important to you and your community?” in any creative way you’d like.

Apply Now! Applications are due Monday, April 2 at 9pm

January 19, 2012 BC Parks Volunteer Strategy Workshops

Interested in contributing to a discussion on how BC Parks can improve the volunteer experience? 

Over the next few months, BC Parks will be developing a volunteer strategy to improve the volunteer experience for existing and future volunteers. Workshops are being held in February and March in nine locations across the province for past, current or future volunteers to provide input.

If you are interested in attending, please email Becs Hoskins (Becs.Hoskins@gov.bc.ca), Project Manager, for more information.

May 18, 2012

Text to Donate $5 to kids programs in BC Parks now!

Kids programs can be an exciting, entertaining and educational experience for young park visitors. Expand kids’ appreciation and understanding of the natural world by contributing to this value-added park experience.

Get out your cell phone and simply text BCPARKS to 45678, or follow the link below to enter your cell phone number online to make your $5 donation today!

Read more!

May 17, 2012BC Parks is piloting a long-stay camping program!

Long-stay camping is currently available in these 4 parks.  Please contact the operator to book one of these sites. 

BLANKET CREEK - long-stay camping (available off-season only)            $100.00/week
CROOKED RIVER - long-stay camping (full season)                                   $65.00/week
ROSEBERY - long-stay camping (full season)                                             $75.00/week
TUNKWA - long-stay camping (full season)                                                  $70.00 /week

The purpose of this pilot is to test out a new camping option for BC Parks’ visitors.  It is hoped this program will be attractive to users and increase camping attendance and revenue in the off-season and in low-occupancy parks. A minimum of 4 consecutive weeks must be booked to qualify as a long-stay. In addition, a maximum of two vehicles and one trailer (camping trailer, boat trailer or utility trailer) are permitted on a long-stay campsite at any time, and only one of these may be an RV. The second vehicle (non-RV) is exempt from the usual second vehicle charge in order to allow family members or guests to travel to and from the campground. Additional information can be found in the draft policy

If you have any comments or suggestions with regard to this pilot program please leave them here.

April 12, 2012Calling all BC Youth: Get Outside BC Applications due May 7

Get Outside BC is a collaborative youth leadership project that aims to strengthen youth attachment to British Columbia’s parks by empowering young leaders across the province. 2011 was Get Outside BC's first year; it was a great success so we are holding the project again this year (2012).

Applications are now available! If you are a BC resident, between the ages of 14 and 18, and willing and able to participate in all 3 phases of the project (see web page), then you can apply!

Applications are now available for the 2012 project!

March 21, 2012 Youth in Parks Team Applications

Do you love parks and being outside? Are you interested in improving your outdoor leadership skills? Do you want to join a group of people from all over Southern Vancouver Island who are interested in inspiring other youth to get outside and into parks?

Interested? We’d love to have you participate! All you need to do is fill out the application form and provide an answer to the question “Why are parks important to you and your community?” in any creative way you’d like.

Apply Now! Applications are due Monday, April 2 at 9pm

January 19, 2012 BC Parks Volunteer Strategy Workshops

Interested in contributing to a discussion on how BC Parks can improve the volunteer experience? 

Over the next few months, BC Parks will be developing a volunteer strategy to improve the volunteer experience for existing and future volunteers. Workshops are being held in February and March in nine locations across the province for past, current or future volunteers to provide input.

If you are interested in attending, please email Becs Hoskins (Becs.Hoskins@gov.bc.ca), Project Manager, for more information.

December 23, 2011 Bowron Lake Reservations

Reservations for the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit will be available for the 2012 season starting on Monday, January 2, 2012. For more information, please visit our Bowron Lake Reservations page, or to make your reservation go directly to the Discover Camping website.

» Click here to go to Discover Camping's Website
October 18, 2011 BC Parks Annual Report

We are pleased to release our 2010/11 BC Parks Annual Report. [PDF/4MB]

» Click here to go to our About BC Parks page
September 14, 2011 Sharing a Story of Partnership

Karen Willies has been the ER Warden at the Skihist Ecological Reserve, near Lytton, since 1986.

» Click here to read a story about an ER partnership
September 14, 2011 Sharing Stories of Sponsorship

We have heard so many amazing stories about why people are sponsoring a park bench.

We thought we would share a few of them with you.

» Click here to read some heartwarming stories about bench sponsorships across B.C.
June 27, 2011 Learn to Fish

Angling for some family fun? Learn to Fish!

As part of our 100th anniversary celebrations, BC Parks provided a grant of $5,000, supporting 16 additional sessions at parks in the Okanagan, Kamloops and Vancouver Island regions. Province-wide a total of 53 sessions were scheduled through the summer in 12 provincial parks.

» Click for more details about Learn to Fish
June 26, 2011 Special Geocache Event!

BC Parks Centennial Geocaching Event!

Launch of the special centennial geocaching event with 100 caches placed in BC Parks, private campgrounds, recreation sites and Parks Canada.
Location: Miracle Beach

» Link to BC Parks Centennial Geocaching Event
June 16, 2011 Backcountry Registration now available online 

BC Parks Discover Camping Backcountry Registration System allows you to purchase a backcountry permit before leaving home. This service provides the convenience of paying the registration fee by credit card and eliminates the need to fill out a registration form at the park.

» Backcountry Registration Link
May 26, 2011 Healthy by Nature Forum

On September 20-23, 2011, BC Parks co-hosted the Healthy by Nature Forum, an interdisciplinary conference on the human health and well-being benefits of time spent in nature.

» Healthy by Nature Forum Link
May 3, 2011 Free Parking in BC Parks

Effective May 3, 2011, parking fees in all BC Parks were eliminated!

If you purchased an annual parking pass after September 1, 2010 and would like a refund, please complete this form (or if you cannot print the form, send a note with the required information) and mail it with your parking pass to BC Parks in Victoria:

Visitor Services Branch

PO Box 9398 Stn Prov Govt

Victoria, BC V8W 9M9

Refund cheques will be mailed to the address you provide on the form. If you have questions please contact Park Info

» Parking Refund Link
April 28, 2011 Calling All Youth!
Passionate about the outdoors and leadership? Want to make a difference in your community? Get Outside BC was an all-expenses-paid project taking place last summer! 40 youth from across BC attended a leadership summit in Squamish. The project was organized and delivered by BC Parks, Parks Canada, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Child and Nature Alliance and CPAWS-BC. British Columbia youth between the ages of 14 and 18 were invited to apply.
» Get Outside BC Link
April 12, 2011 BC Parks Turns 100!
BC Parks celebrated it’s 100th birthday on March 1st, 2011, marking the formation of Strathcona Provincial Park.
» See Strathcona’s birth certificate
March 31, 2011 BC Parks Historical Slideshow

Check out our interactive history slideshow! Have you ever wondered where Jerry the Moose came from? How about when your favorite park was created? This slideshow highlights many of the events and people that helped shape BC Parks into one of the best park systems in the world.

» Check out the Historical Slideshow!
March 15, 2011 New and improved Ecological Reserve Guidebook now available
Each Ecological Reserve page now includes extended information on climate change impacts and cultural resources, and links to research reports. As new information is gathered, these resources will be updated.
» See our Ecological Reserve pages