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BC Parks Passport Bear Creek Provincial Park
Starting May 15, 2015, BC Parks Passport holders can choose from over 200 sites in B.C. to visit, including provincial parks and Visitor Centres to have fun and experience new places while collecting stamps/ stickers towards great prizes! Photo: Elk Falls Park
Elk Falls Provincial Park Celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year!

Important News & Updates

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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July 21, 2015 Campfire ban to be rescinded in Northern Regions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July 15, 2015 Campfire ban partially rescinded in Coastal Fire Centre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.

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