BC Parks manages the third-largest parks system in North America, behind the United States National Park Service and Parks Canada.
- In British Columbia, there are 1,033 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas – covering more than 14 million hectares or approximately 14.4% of the provincial land base.
- British Columbia has the highest percentage of its land base dedicated to protected areas of all provincial/territorial Canadian jurisdictions.
- 37% of British Columbia’s land base is under some type of conservation designation – ranging from wildlife-habitat areas and old-growth management areas to parks and protected areas.
- Since 2001, more than 2.3 million hectares of land have been added to the province’s protected areas system through the establishment of 85 new parks, 156 conservancies, two ecological reserves, 15 protected areas and the expansion of more than 85 parks, six ecological reserves and three protected areas.
- British Columbia’s provincial parks receive more than 23 million visits each year.
- As part of the BC Parks Future Strategy announced by Premier Christy Clark on Nov. 28, 2016, the province is investing:
- $22.9 million over five years for campsite expansion in provincial parks and recreation sites.
- $35 million over the next three years to increase and strengthen conservation in provincial parks.
- Of this $25 million will go directly to BC Parks operations, allowing for new programs to enhance conservation as well as 28 new park rangers throughout the province, with a focus on protecting and preserving the backcountry.
- The remaining $10 million will be an initial endowment to the new BC Parks Foundation, which will help generate private revenue, to be spent on promoting and enhancing the experience in BC Parks.
- As part of the BC Parks Future Strategy, the Province and Insurance Corporation of British Columbia have also launched a series of specialty licence plates, where all net proceeds are reinvested back into provincial parks.
- Over the last five years, the Province has invested approximately $60 million in park facilities, delivering projects directed at attracting young families, offering new recreation opportunities and increasing attendance.
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