Contents

Reports and Surveys

Read an Overview of BC Parks attendance statistics

BC Parks End of Year Reports


These reports present important information related to BC Parks visitor services for the fiscal year (April 1, to March 31, of any given year). Please note that in 2010/11 BC Parks changed the reporting structure. In the past, reporting occurred in one document, which was entitled BC Parks Year End Report. For 2010/11, the report had been split into two distinct reports:  the BC Parks 2010/11 Statistics Report and the BC Parks 2010/11 Annual Report. The BC Parks 2012/13 Statistics Report is available below. It contains detailed park attendance and revenue tables and graphs, satisfaction survey information and financial tables.

The BC Parks 2012/13 Annual Report [PDF 2.26MB] 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. By separating the report into two distinct publications, BC Parks is able to provide more focused accounts of both areas of information and operations.

BC Parks 2012/13 Statistics Report [PDF 987.32KB]

BC Parks 2011/12 Annual Report [PDF 2.82MB]

BC Parks 2011/12 Statistics Report [PDF 1.23MB]

BC Parks 2010/11 Annual Report [PDF 3.94MB]
BC Parks 2010/11 Statistics Report [PDF 1.75MB]

2009/10 Full Report [PDF 1.86MB]

2008/09 Full Report [PDF 664KB]

2007/08 Full Report [PDF 131KB]

BC Parks Household Survey

2005 Household Survey - Provincial Report

BC Stats, Surveys and Analysis Section (Ministry of Labour and Citizen Services) on behalf of BC Parks, conducted a province-wide telephone survey of 2,000 British Columbians in November 2005.

2001 Household Survey - Planning Future Directions For BC Parks: BC Residents' Views

To better understand British Columbians' views about the management of provincial parks, BC Parks conducted a province-wide mail survey.

Economic Benefits of BC Parks

Parks and protected areas generate substantial economic activity through expenditures by the agency (e.g., salaries, capital projects, etc.) and even more from the spending by millions of park visitors (on transportation, accommodation, food and beverages, etc.). These expenditures are an important source of economic activity for local areas near parks, particularly in remote regions. All this spending also generates spin-off economic activity, as well as tax revenue for government.

In 2010, BC Parks worked with the Canadian Parks Council to measure the economic benefits of parks and contributed to the report, “The Economic Impact of Canada’s National, Provincial and Territorial Parks in 2009” (prepared by The Outspan Group Inc., published July 2011). This report shows that:

  • The $47 million in operating and capital expenditures (excludes amortization) by BC Parks and PFOs led to $394 million in expenditures by visitors. In other words, every one dollar invested in the protected areas system generates $8.42 in visitor spending on food, entertainment, transportation and other goods and services.
  • Provincial park-related spending generated over $28 million in tax revenues (sales and production taxes only, does not include income tax effects), returning 60 per cent of BC Parks’ capital and operating expenditures.
  • The combined economic impact of this spending is a $392 million boost to GDP and over 5,200 full-time jobs.