PARKSVILLE – Improvements are coming to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park and Englishman River Falls Provincial Park thanks to $550,000 from the B.C. government.
- Rathtrevor Beach – $400,000 for seawall removal and shoreline restoration.
- Englishman River Falls – $100,000 for year three of a four-year project. Critical high-use trails are being upgraded and critical safety fences are being replaced. A playground will also be replaced and relocated to a more central location within the campsite.
- Little Qualicum Falls – $50,000 for the beginning of a multi-year project focused on critical day use area upgrades, as well as upgrades to the park’s upper campground loop.
“Local residents and travellers from around the world flock to these three breathtaking parks in our region,” says Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell. “These improvements will further enhance the experience for visitors, and keep them coming back for years to come.”
One of the largest park systems in the world, British Columbia has the highest percentage of its land base dedicated to protected areas of all provincial Canadian jurisdictions.
Over the past five years, BC Parks has invested approximately $60 million in park facilities, delivering projects directed at attracting young families, offering new recreation opportunities and increasing attendance. In 2015 alone, more than $13-million was invested into facility and capital projects in parks across B.C.
B.C.’s provincial parks receive over 21 million visits each year.
Since 2001, more than 2.3 million hectares of land have been added to the province’s protected areas system through the establishment of 85 new parks, 156 conservancies, two ecological reserves, 14 protected areas and the expansion of more than 85 parks, six ecological reserves and three protected areas.
- British Columbia has one of the largest protected areas systems in North America.
- British Columbia’s world-renowned parks provide access to unique natural spaces and superb recreational opportunities for visitors from throughout the province and around the world.
- There are 1,031 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas covering more than 14 million hectares or approximately 14.4% of the provincial land base.
- Thirty-seven per cent of B.C.’s land base is under some type of conservation designation, ranging from wildlife habitat areas and old growth management areas to parks and protected areas.