Many of our provincial parks’ facilities and services are managed by contractors or Park Operators. Some Park Operators (POs) manage one park and others manage a grouping or bundle of parks in a specific location. The park land still belongs to the Province of British Columbia but the POs are required to adhere to specific standards and guidelines approved by BC Parks.
Contact information is also provided on each specific park web page, where POs are managing on our behalf.
The Province of British Columbia is currently seeking Park Operators for the management of many of BC Parks’ campgrounds, day use areas, and select backcountry facilities across British Columbia. This is a great opportunity to partner with the Province to deliver some of the best recreational experiences British Columbia has to offer. For more information, please visit: Park Operator Opportunities – Frontcountry Service Delivery
More information about the POs and their Society, visit the Go Camping website
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2013 BC Parks Park Facility Operator of the Year
BC Parks values the amazing contributions that volunteers and other community partners make every year, including Park Facility Operators. To recognize outstanding contributions, BC Parks selects recipients for annual achievement awards for people and organizations that go above and beyond.
Park Facility Operator of the Year
...and the 2013 Nominees for BC Parks Park Facility Operator of the Year are:
- Presented to a Park Facility Operator.
- Recognizes excellence in park operations.
- Review criteria: customer service, community engagement, relationship with BC Parks
...and the envelope please! The 2013 BC Parks Park Facility Operator of the Year is:
2013 PFO of the Year – Jim Hawes and Debra Haas, Summit Lake Provincial Park
- Rick Terrell
- K2 Park Services
- RLC Enterprize Ltd.
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.
Thank you to all the nominees for your dedication to BC Parks! We couldn't do it without you all!!
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.