Stand Up for Parks Geocache Challenge


BC Parks stewards some of North America’s most spectacular and diverse landscapes and seascapes. Our parks system has grown to be the largest provincial system in Canada, and yet it is one of the worst funded per-hectare in the country. It doesn’t take many visits to see evidence of the problem - overflowing toilets, closed trails, derelict bridges, and overrun campgrounds to name a few.

BC Parks is seeing record numbers of visitors, an amazing engagement in the beautiful nature this province has to offer.  We want to continue to encourage people to get outside however, without adequate funding, these parks are being degraded putting visitors at odds with ecological integrity. Park staff need resources to monitor the natural systems around them – from water quality to wildlife management, our rangers are our frontline to know what is happening on the ground. Without resourced staff and operational funding, we will continue to put visitors and wildlife at risk. This summer we hid 5 geocaches in 3 provnicial parks. This is a CPAWS-BC volunteer-lead iniative to get bring the conversation about better protection for our underfunded and overcrowded parks into the wild. 

Contest rules:

  1. Get outside and find the geocache
  2. Take a photo at the location
  3. Post the photo tag @CPAWSBC tell us why you are taking action to protect our parks using #StandUpForParks

During September, we will be announcing a winner of some brand new outdoor gear each Friday!

Photo by Miki Eslake

Geocache locations:

Mt. Seymour Provincial Park

49.344071, -122.971273
49.3675, -122.948889
49.371226, -122.945730

 

Garibaldi Provincial Park

50.162778, -122.816111 

 

Strathcona Provincial Park

49.6586, -125.5229

 

The caches will remain and we encourage people to get out and #StandUpForParks beyond the contest period. We went to send a huge thank you to all the voluteers who placed caches and have been encouraging their friends to get outside and protect our amazing wilderness backyard.

Have you signed the peition calling on the BC Government to increase protection in our provincial parks? Take action today!

For more information on how you can join the movement to Stand Up for Parks e-mail volunteer@cpawsbc.org or check out our specific volunteer postings.