Commercial Filming in Parks and Protected Areas
British Columbia is renowned for its world class system of parks and protected areas, representing a rich diversity of spectacular landscapes and natural areas. Within the range of feature films, commercials, and documentary filming, our areas have served as an ideal back-drop and popular location for the film industry.
BC Parks is dedicated to protect these natural environments for inspiration, use and enjoyment of the public. Any commercial filming within a provincial park or protected area requires a Park Use Permit. Permits are issued with conditions particular to the type of commercial filming that is to occur. To support the BC Film and production industry, while safeguarding the integrity of our environment and parks, Commercial Filming Guidelines [PDF 230KB]
and a Commercial Filming Policy [PDF 616KB]
have been developed to assist production companies prior to applying for a commercial filming permit.
All parks and protected areas fall within traditional territories of British Columbia’s Aboriginal peoples (First Nations). Some of these parks may be managed in a collaborative relationship with a respective First Nation. Your commercial filming request may require approval from that First Nation before BC Parks will approve your permit application. Please check with the Area Supervisor listed for the park you are interested in for further information.
In support of the British Columbia film industry, BC Parks will permit film productions which do not adversely affect:
- the natural and cultural heritage, recreation, use and appreciation values of the Park;
- the public right to free and reasonable access to parks for their inspiration, use and enjoyment;
- an asserted or proven aboriginal right (including aboriginal title) or treaty right, that is recognized and affirmed by section 35(1) of the Constitution Act, 1982; and,
- the rights of existing Permittees.
Proposed commercial filming activities must be consistent with the management direction for the park.
Please keep in mind that specific sites may be unavailable at certain times of the year due to high public use, conservation reasons or safety concerns. If this is the case, you will find suggested alternate sites and links to the corresponding governing agencies.
For information regarding any filming within BC Parks, please contact: Megan Beveridge
Please remember that the primary purposes of our provincial parks are for public enjoyment and conservation of species and their habitat. These elements dictate the level of commercial filming allowed in certain provincial parks at any given time. The integrity of the environment is paramount. Should a production company not follow the rules and directions outlined by BC Parks and/or disrupt the natural environment in some way, future commercial filming opportunities in that park could be jeopardized.
park use permits authorize only
the items stated on the application presented. The Province retains the right at any time to halt production if the production activity is outside the bounds of the written permit.
Film companies are required to keep a copy of their written permit on site at all times.
- Due to concerns about public safety associated with very high levels of use in the park and along the adjacent highway, BC Parks does not allow commercial filming within MacMillan Park from May 15 through September 15.