Park Operators

Many of our provincial parks’ facilities and services are managed by contractors known as Park Operators. Some Park Operators manage one park and others manage a grouping or bundle of parks within a specific geographic location. The areas operated by Park Operators are still protected under the full authority of the Park Act. Park Operators enter into legal Agreements with BC Parks to ensure these areas are managed in compliance with the Park Act and to established provincial standards. If a Park Operator is currently managing a park or a bundle of parks, their business/contact information is provided on the park-specific web pages, on the left hand side under the header Park Contact.

For more information about the Park Operators and their Society, visit the Go Camping website. Please note, the Ministry of Environment (BC Parks) does not maintain this website, and is not responsible for any of the content on the Go Camping website.

BC Parks intermittently procures opportunities for Park Operators. The video below, produced in 2013, provides prospective individuals or companies with a glimpse of Park Operators’ roles and responsibilities.

2016 BC Parks Park Operator of the Year

BC Parks values the amazing contributions that volunteers and other community partners make every year, including Park Operators. To recognize outstanding contributions, BC Parks selects recipients for annual achievement awards for people and organizations that go above and beyond. 

...and the 2016 Nominees for BC Parks Park Operator of the Year are:

  • Mount Assiniboine Lodge Ltd.
  • Quality Recreation Ltd.
  • Quartz Contracting- Mount Robson Bundle
  • RAP Park Contracting
  • Rick Carswell
  • SSG Holdings; Steve Maritsch and Lance Ledger

...and the envelope please! The 2016 BC Parks Park Operator of the Year is:

2016 Park Operator of the Year – Mount Assiniboine Lodge Ltd

Mount Assiniboine Lodge Ltd. has been the park operator providing recreation service delivery in the core area of Mount Assiniboine Park since 2011. Andre Renner and Claude Duchesne provide management for Mount Assiniboine Lodge; they go above and beyond their contractual obligations by demonstrating a true desire to maintain park facilities in the best shape possible, and provide the best service to their clients. They maintain great communications not only to their direct clientele, but also to the diverse user groups that the park attracts including hikers, mountaineers, campers and photographers. Their willingness to support park facility improvements and take innovative paths to improve their operation has benefited all park visitors in the area. A special thanks to Andre Renner and Claude Duchesne for work well done!

Thank you to all the nominees for your dedication to BC Parks! We couldn't do it without you all!!

Click the link below to view past winners


2015 Award Winners

2015 PO of the Year – Marnee Allison, Boya Lake Provincial Park

Park Operator of the Year recipient Marnee Allison has spent more than a decade spreading her enthusiasm and love of the outdoors to the public.

Allison has worked in several provincial parks in the northern region of the province, including her current efforts at Boya Lake Provincial Park.

Allison is always full of energy, willing to share ideas, and take on new challenges. She ensures the park she oversees is maintained to the highest standards, and provides additional services to her visitors. 

She also involves communities and community members in the management of the park and park activities, and makes considerable effort and has established excellent respectful relationships with the Kaska Dene First Nation and the Tahltan First Nation.

From creating and developing wildflower posters to helping visitors identify plants found around Boya Lake, to hosting and developing a variety of interpretative programs for visitors to enjoy, Allison is passionate about parks regularly goes above and beyond.

2013 Award Winners

2013 PFO of the Year – Jim Hawes and Debra Haas, Summit Lake Provincial Park

Jim Hawes and Debra Haas began operating the very deteriorated Summit Lake Provincial Park in the Kootenays in 2009. Jim and Debra restored the facilities to an acceptable standard and initiated an incredible transformation to the visitor experience.

BC Parks has received many comment cards and letters from the public about the service at Summit Lake Provincial Park, satisfaction also indicated by a 40% increase in visitation since they took over operations. Jim and Debra pay attention to every small detail and seek out ways to improve the visitor experience in whatever way they are able, with high standards of honesty, professionalism and integrity. They even put flowers in the outhouses! Many visitors comment that Summit Lake Provincial Park is the best provincial park that they have stayed in, an example for all to aspire to.

The efforts of Jim and Debra truly put the best interests of Summit Lake Provincial Park and its visitors first, shining through in the exceptional visitor experience.

Chris Price, BC Parks area supervisor, nominated Jim and Debra.

Information for Park Operators

POs Extranet Site – (Park Operator use only)

Access to this website requires a password. It contains technical information for use by BC Parks consultants and contractors involved in the delivery of their contract responsibilities and staff involved in the delivery of their program management responsibilities.