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.
1. Naikoon Provincial Park
Say hello to this week's BC Parks #guestgrammer, @stephenhui! ⠀ "Backpacking the 90-km East Beach Trail in Naikoon Provincial Park on Haida Gwaii was a remote and rewarding experience. We enjoyed days of solitude, broken only by a visit from a friendly B.C. Parks ranger halfway through. The hike took us 6 days."⠀ ⠀ #bcparks #explorebc
2. Inland Lake Provincial Park
Photo by BC Parks #guestgrammer @stephenhui: ⠀ "Inland Lake Provincial Park, with its emphasis on accessibility, is one of many scenic highlights on the 178-km Sunshine Coast Trail. We backpacked the trail in 10 days, but if I did it again I'd take 12 days. Much thanks to the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society for all of its work on the SCT."⠀ ⠀ #bcparks #explorebc
3. Cape Scott Provincial Park
4. Nancy Greene Provincial Park
5. E.C. Manning Provincial Park
6. Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park
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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