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British Columbia’s parks are a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. This year alone broke records, with over three million campers staying in provincial parks during the 2021 camping season.
That said, the Province announced today (Oct. 4) that high visitor volume is resulting in new investments to “make the future BC Parks experience even better.”
Planning for several proposed projects is currently underway, including for Miracle Beach Provincial Park – a waterfront park located halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River. Visitors will eventually see trail enhancements, including a new bicycle flow track and accessibility upgrades.
Also on Vancouver Island, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville will see improved accessibility for day-use trails.
In all, BC Parks is investing $21.5 million during the next three years to expand and enhance opportunities for outdoor recreation, including new campsites, trails, and upgrades to facilities.
It’s part of an $83-million budget increase to the BC Parks operating and capital budgets, combined, to strengthen the management of the parks system and provide a more enjoyable visitor experience.
“These new projects provide even more people with the opportunity to explore and experience British Columbia’s spectacular beauty and retain the vitally important connection to nature,” said Environment Minister, George Heyman.
As well, planning for additional projects, including campsite expansion, is underway. The Province is consulting with First Nations governments while also conducting environmental and archeological assessments before moving forward with the projects.
“We are taking strides to ensure our parks are inclusive and welcome for all,” said Kelly Greene, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment. “As well as our plans for more campsites, improved trails, and better accessibility, we are working in partnership with First Nations to reflect Indigenous history and culture in our provincial parks and deepen our understanding of connection to the land.”
More details here.