Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Photo: Stephen Hui
Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Photo: Stephen Hui

British Columbia’s provincial parks are incredible places. However, they’re understaffed and underfunded, and therefore haven’t been getting as much maintenance and protection as they deserve.

If you’re a regular B.C. Parks visitor, you’ve seen the results here and there: eroding trails, rotting bridges and boardwalks, derelict outhouses, missing signage, and environmental degradation.

That’s why the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is holding a Day of Action to Stand Up for Parks on February 3. Basically, CPAWS-BC, in conjunction with the Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. and the B.C. Mountaineering Club, is asking you to go for a hike, snowshoe, ski, or paddle in a provincial park and spread the word about the need for more B.C. Parks funding.

Want to show your support for the cause? Sign the petition, write a letter, organize a trip, or #StandUpForParks on social media.

Day of Action to Stand Up for Parks

I’ve spent a lot of time and made a ton of memories in provincial parks. Here are photos of six of those parks, which I shared as a B.C. Parks “guestgrammer” on Instagram.

 

1. Naikoon Provincial Park

 

2. Inland Lake Provincial Park

 

3. Cape Scott Provincial Park

 

4. Nancy Greene Provincial Park

 

5. E.C. Manning Provincial Park

 

6. Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park

Mount Daniel, Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park Photo by: @stephenhui

A post shared by BC Parks (@yourbcparks) on

The Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. is also calling attention to B.C. Parks’ funding woes through its #FundBCParks campaign.

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