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BC Parks provided adventure-seekers across BC with idyllic venues for all sorts of fun activities. From snowshoeing to surfing, hiking to paddling – BC Parks has it all!
During 2011, Mountain Equipment Co-op partnered with BC Parks to help celebrate 100 Years of Adventure with an event series across the province. 12 community groups received funding and support to host events that focussed on family-friendly, self-propelled outdoor activities. Details for each of the events are listed below. All events were open to the public.
Adventures We've Had
Four Lakes Fun Ride
September 17, 2011. Alice Lake Provincial Park
Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association hosted the Four Lakes Fun Ride at Alice Lake Provincial Park. This family-friendly mountain bike ride at Alice Lake offered riders, over the age of 10, a chance to ride the Four Lakes trail which is suitable for all abilities. The pace was casual and social. There was a junior course for younger participants. The event was free and open to all and after the ride a BBQ was offered.
Mount Robson Race
September 10, 2011. Mount Robson Provincial Park
Yellowhead Outdoor Recreation Association hosted the Celebrate BC Parks 100 Years Mount Robson Race. This run offered something for everyone. There was 3 events: 1. a full length marathon starting at Berg Lake trail. 2. a 10 Km run starting at Berg Lake trailhead. 3. a youth run starting at Visitor Center area.
Skaha Climbing Festival
September 2-5, 2011. Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park
The Skaha Climbers Advisory Committee hosted the Skaha Climbing Festival at Skaha Bluffs Park. This event will offered families a chance to see rock climbers in action and try climbing with a local guide. Events included: beginner climbing clinics (with local guides), climbing competitions, climbing gear demos, photo contest, evening slide show and presentation by well know climbers, a public BBQ, and possibly a concert by local musicians.
Partner: Skaha Climbers Advisory Committee
Click here for Skaha Climbing Festival Details
Ts'Iy in the wake of our ancestors - the journey of the Wet'suwet'en dugout cottonwood canoe
August 27-28. Morice Lake Provincial Park
It is with regret that due to unforeseen circumstances, the TS’IY event that was scheduled to take place August 27-28 had been cancelled.
Partner: Office of the Wet'suwet'en
Celebrating MTB Culture in BC
August 27, 2011. Mount Seymour Provincial Park
North Shore Mountain Biking Association hosted Celebrating Mountain Bike Culture in BC at Mount Seymour Provincial Park. This was an inclusive and welcoming afternoon celebrating mountain bike culture in BC with a focus on promoting biking as a safe and healthy recreational activity that can be enjoyed in our own backyards. This event had something for everyone including a bike show, pump track, skill building seminars, a Super D course and group rides, all of which showcase an eco-diverse trail network.
Family Fun Day for "Every Body"
August 21, 2011 (weather dependant). Strathcona Provincial Park
The Accessible Wilderness Society and Campbell River Access Awareness Committee hosted a Family Fun day for "Every Body" in Strathcona Provincial Park. This event used the Centennial Trail, which was built on Mt. Washington last year and is fully wheelchair accessible. This event gave seniors and people with differing abilities the opportunity to experience the outdoors and the unique ecosystem around Paradise Meadows.
Partner: Accessible Wilderness Society and Campbell River Access Awareness Committee
A Multi-cultural Exploration of Churn Creek Protected Area
August 13, 2011. Churn Creek Provincial Park
Friends of Churn Creek hosted the BC Explores event - a multi-cultural exploration of Churn Creek Protected Area. This was a fun recreation day filled with hikes to observe and discuss pre-contact cultural features, historical sites, native plants and wildlife. There was a fishing demonstration and story-telling by Canoe Creek Band members. Activities for children included a scavenger hunt and face painting. Many camped in the Protected Area for the night. Folks met at 9:00 a.m. at the entrance of the Churn Creek Protected Area where guests were given a schedule and map of day's events.
Celebrating Cape Scott Provincial Park
July 9, 2011. Cape Scott Provincial Park
Northern Vancouver Island Trails Society hosted this BC Hikes event - Celebrating Cape Scott Park. In addition to hiking, there was a guided interpretive beach walk, lunch, talks on the history of the area and marine life, a scavenger hunt, a sand castle contest, beach volleyball and a presentation from the Quatsino Band.
Partner: Northern Vancouver Island Trails Society
Go Camp! Go Learn! Go Play! Camping 101 weekend
July 2-3, 2011. Miracle Beach Provincial Park
RLC Parks Services hosted Go Camp! Go Learn! Go Play! - a Camping 101 Weekend at Miracle Beach Park. The weekend started with a camping 101 workshop, including backcountry and outdoor cooking workshops, a family BBQ and a "Lost in the Woods" program designed specifically for children in Provincial Parks. Sunday started with a guided hike where a naturalist covered what to put in your pack, what plants are poisonous and will be followed by a bear awareness program so you can "bear proof" your campsite. Family activities ran throughout the day. At the end of weekend prizes were awarded for the best campsite set-up.
Partner: RLC Park Services
Adventure Run & Ride Poker Run
June 5, 2011. Ellison Provincial Park
North Okanagan Cycling Society hosted the BC Parks 100 Years of Adventure Run and Ride Poker Event at Ellison Park. This exciting day of adventure brought hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers together in a fun non-competitive environment. The event consisted of an 8km loop for hikers and runners, and a 9 km loop for mountain bikers. Cards were given out at 5 checkpoints along the loops, with the best poker hand determining the winners in each category.
Partner: North Okanagan Cycling Society
Wave Hunt Surf Competition
March 6, 2011. Juan de Fuca (China or Bear Beach)
Wave Hunt - 4th Annual Surf Contest hosted by Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island. Well over 100 people attended this great event at China Beach in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. In addition to an awesome surf competition, Surfrider Foundation hosted a beach clean-up and other kid-friendly beach activities. Check out photos and videos from the event at www.wavehunt.ca
Beginner Snowshoe at Manning Park
March 5, 2011. E.C. Manning Provincial Park
Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning hosted a family-friendly snowshoe around Lighting Lake Trail in Manning Park. Fifty people participated in a free guided snowshoe trip, which was by all accounts a huge success!