The Province of British Columbia plans to build on its world-renowned reputation by adding over 1,900 new campsites to meet growing demand.
Premier Christy Clark has announced that the Province will be hiring more park rangers to enhance conservation, improving services for persons with disabilities and launching a new BC Parks Foundation so community groups, businesses and individuals can come together and have a voice in BC Parks priorities.
In addition, the Province will add more than 1,900 new campsites to help meet growing demand.
It’s been reported that B.C.’s provincial parks receive more than 21 million visits each year.
More than 800 of the sites will be in provincial parks and over 1,000 will be in recreation sites, delivering a range of camping experiences in areas of highest demand.
The province plans to spend up to $22.9 million over the next five years to create the new sites as part of the B.C. Parks Future Strategy. The Province has currently invested $15 million to maintain and refurbish existing campsites and backcountry recreation sites throughout B.C.
“BC Parks define who we are as British Columbians and are a vital part of the B.C. advantage,” Premier Christy Clark said. “Protecting our world-class parks for future generations ensures we continue to attract global attention through tourism, investment and research, as we honour our natural history and as families create lasting memories together.”
Over 800 of the new campsites will be situated in provincial parks, with a primary focus on high-demand areas including the Lower Mainland, Okanagan, and the Kootenays.
The Province will use the additional funding to build roads, outhouse facilities, and expand sewers for sites in the parks.
There are currently 10,700 campsites in 270 B.C. park front-country campgrounds and along with 2,000 backcountry campsites.