British Columbians are encouraged to celebrate Canada’s Parks Day by exploring a B.C. provincial park on Saturday.
“Our world class provincial parks are treasured by all British Columbians. By continuing to invest in campground upgrades, visitor centres and other capital projects in BC Parks, we are enhancing the visitor experience and meeting the growing demand to help ensure our beautiful parks can be enjoyed by future generations,” said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment.
Canada’s Parks Day is an annual event where thousands of people visit parks and historic sites across the nation to recognize the important role parks play in creating and maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems, while also contributing to human health and well-being.
All over B.C., provincial parks are hosting family-friendly events in honour of Parks Day. Visitors can participate in scavenger hunts, try fishing through the provincial Learn to Fish Program, and discover wildlife on nature walks.
For more information about activities taking place this summer in provincial parks, visit the BC Parks events calendar: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/events/calendar/#eventList
Families and park visitors can add to the fun while exploring a B.C. provincial park by taking part in Jerry’s Search ‘n Sketch – the Ultimate Scavenger Quest. Participants are encouraged to find all the items on Jerry’s list and sketch them. A collectable Jerry the Moose souvenir will be given to those who complete the challenge. For more information about the scavenger quest, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/events/scavenger-quest/
- Canada’s first Parks Day was celebrated in 1990.
- British Columbia has one of the biggest park systems and protected areas in North America.
- Over 20 million people visit British Columbia’s 1,031 provincial parks each year.
- Parking is free in all provincial parks making them more accessible to families.
- Accessibility is a priority for BC Parks in capital investment and refurbishment projects. This ensures that facilities continue to perform to expectations and meet the needs of the widest range of park visitors.