BC Parks

Over 317,000 reservations were made on the new BC Parks reservation service for the 2022 season. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

BC Parks’ camping reservations opening soon

Campsites can be booked four months before the scheduled arrival date

 

Saanich Mayor Dean Murdoch joins Darrell Wick and Murray Rankin at the end of the new Douglas Creek bridge. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

30 trees for 30 years: Volunteers celebrate PKOLS Mount Douglas Park

The celebration included unveiling new interpretive signage, a bridge and learning area for students

 

A group hiking near Revelstoke. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

Outdoor group urges B.C. government to increase support for trails, parks, and volunteers

40 organizations and businesses in B.C. sent a message to Premier David Eby

 

First responders from BC EHS, Port Alberni Fire Department and Alberni Valley Rescue Squad retrieve a woman who had fallen around 30 metres at Stamp River Provincial Park on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. (ALBERNI VALLEY RESCUE SQUAD PHOTO)

Tourist airlifted to hospital after falling 40 feet down embankment at Stamp River Provincial Park

Rope rescue teams from Port Alberni, Qualicum Beach extricate woman from bank by Stamp Falls

First responders from BC EHS, Port Alberni Fire Department and Alberni Valley Rescue Squad retrieve a woman who had fallen around 30 metres at Stamp River Provincial Park on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. (ALBERNI VALLEY RESCUE SQUAD PHOTO)
First responders from BC EHS, Port Alberni Fire Department and Alberni Valley Rescue Squad retrieve a woman who had fallen around 30 metres at Stamp River Provincial Park on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. (ALBERNI VALLEY RESCUE SQUAD PHOTO)

Tourist airlifted to hospital after falling 40 feet down embankment at Stamp River Provincial Park

Rope rescue teams from Port Alberni, Qualicum Beach extricate woman from bank by Stamp Falls

First responders from BC EHS, Port Alberni Fire Department and Alberni Valley Rescue Squad retrieve a woman who had fallen around 30 metres at Stamp River Provincial Park on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. (ALBERNI VALLEY RESCUE SQUAD PHOTO)
BC Parks expects an increase in campers this Parks Day weekend (file photo).

BC Parks encourages British Columbians to follow Camper’s Code

The Camper’s Code provides ways to stay safe and respect nature during your camping trip

BC Parks expects an increase in campers this Parks Day weekend (file photo).
Alberni Valley ambassadors Dawna MacMillan, left, Ian Staton, Peter Kaegi and Bud Munsil are happy to be back around town wearing their yellow jackets and directing tourists to Port Alberni amenities. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador program returns to Cathedral Grove

Yellow jacketed volunteers are there to share info on Port Alberni, not for traffic control

Alberni Valley ambassadors Dawna MacMillan, left, Ian Staton, Peter Kaegi and Bud Munsil are happy to be back around town wearing their yellow jackets and directing tourists to Port Alberni amenities. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Volunteers removed invasive species on Oct. 1 as part of the Pulling Together restoration project across Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Volunteers gather to pull invasive species at Saanich’s Marigold Park

Pulling Together program emphasizes many hands making light work

Volunteers removed invasive species on Oct. 1 as part of the Pulling Together restoration project across Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
View of a section of the new Hwsalu-utsum Park, which is being established bt the province near the Koksilah River. (Courtesy of the Province of B.C.)

New provincial park announced near Koksilah River

143-hectare park will help protect vital ecosystems

View of a section of the new Hwsalu-utsum Park, which is being established bt the province near the Koksilah River. (Courtesy of the Province of B.C.)
A new pedestrian bridge project in Mt. Douglas Park is ready for use. (Photo courtesy of Mike Goldsworthy)

Hikers in Mount Douglas Park have a new bridge over Douglas Creek

Project supported creek restoration, salmon rehabilitation and enhancements to the creek

A new pedestrian bridge project in Mt. Douglas Park is ready for use. (Photo courtesy of Mike Goldsworthy)
Off-leash dogs at Cadboro Bay-Gyro Park has long been a subject of debate among council, residents, and enforcement agencies. (Black Press Media file photo)

Comprehensive report will review leash regulations for Saanich’s Cadboro Bay-Gyro Park

Staff to come back to council with approach that will satisfy many of the needs identified

Off-leash dogs at Cadboro Bay-Gyro Park has long been a subject of debate among council, residents, and enforcement agencies. (Black Press Media file photo)
Two Saanich residents who visited Mt. Douglas Park recently encountered this pile of garbage and say the large piles in this natural environment are becoming more common. (Photo courtesy of Stefan Terras)

Garbage piles at Mt. Doug in Saanich not just a result of heat-related slowdowns

Concerned residents say they see waste left behind nearly every weekend at park

Two Saanich residents who visited Mt. Douglas Park recently encountered this pile of garbage and say the large piles in this natural environment are becoming more common. (Photo courtesy of Stefan Terras)
Golden Ears Mountains, captured in May 2021. (Black Press Media files)

2nd year of day passes required for entry into 5 provincial parks launches in B.C.

Pilot program seeks to protect the environment by addressing visitor surges amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Golden Ears Mountains, captured in May 2021. (Black Press Media files)
Day-use passes for specific trails within Stawamus Chief and Garibaldi parks along the Sea-to-Sky corridor will be among the measures to address the surge in visitors while protecting the environment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Day-use pass initiative for 5 busy BC parks to address safety, protect environment

The second phase of its free day-use pass pilot program rolls out June 22 in five provincial parks

Day-use passes for specific trails within Stawamus Chief and Garibaldi parks along the Sea-to-Sky corridor will be among the measures to address the surge in visitors while protecting the environment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The District of Saanich has pinpointed funding requests to Oak Bay and Victoria to help offset the purchase price of the Kings Park greenspace and keep the property intact. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Saanich requests funding help from neighbours to preserve Kings Road green space

District hopes Victoria and Oak Bay will join them in protecting urban green space

The District of Saanich has pinpointed funding requests to Oak Bay and Victoria to help offset the purchase price of the Kings Park greenspace and keep the property intact. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
After 800 visitors were granted partial stays at BC Parks this summer in error, the ministry responsible is now saying sorry. (Black Press Media files)

BC Parks’ system grants 800 campsite bookings against provincial policy

The online portal granted numerous 1-night stays at campgrounds this August long weekend

After 800 visitors were granted partial stays at BC Parks this summer in error, the ministry responsible is now saying sorry. (Black Press Media files)
Photo by Metro Creative Connection

New campgrounds coming to B.C. parks as part of $83M provincial boost

This season alone, 185 campsites are being added to provincial parks, says Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Photo by Metro Creative Connection
The new 3,500 hectare conservancy in Tahltan territory is located next to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (BC Parks Photo)

New conservancy protects sacred Tahltan land in northwest B.C.

Project is a collaboration between Skeena Resources, conservation groups and the TCG

The new 3,500 hectare conservancy in Tahltan territory is located next to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (BC Parks Photo)
Campers at a provincial park in British Columbia. (Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)

B.C. allocates $5-million towards projects in 24 provincial parks

Funds to go towards infrastructure that aids in helping park goers maintain adequate social distance

Campers at a provincial park in British Columbia. (Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)
Loveland Bay Provincial Park, located on the north side of Campbell Lake, will see some improvements this year as part of the BC Parks and StrongerBC grant. Photo courtesy Google Maps
Loveland Bay Provincial Park, located on the north side of Campbell Lake, will see some improvements this year as part of the BC Parks and StrongerBC grant. Photo courtesy Google Maps