parks

Parks and Protected Areas

From mountain top to valley floor, CPAWS-BC seeks protection for our province’s incredible wild places. Our goal is to create large, meaningful protected areas with ecological strength; places that can nurture nature through climate change and shelter biodiversity forever. Canada has one of the oldest and most extensive parks systems in the world. In addition to helping establish new parks and protected areas, CPAWS-BC acts as a watchdog to ensure that our existing parks are well-managed.

In this section

BC’s Provincial Parks
BC’s Provincial Parks
As British Columbians, we should be proud of the system of parks that has been created to safeguard some of our province’s most beautiful and unique places. Yet funding for our provincial parks has been in steady decline for some time: it’s now one of the worst funded parks system in the country, receiving less than one-tenth of the funding that our national parks receive, on a dollars-per-hectare basis.
Northern B.C.
Northern B.C.
Northern B.C. is a land of pristine lakes, free-flowing rivers, majestic mountains and vast, intact forests. CPAWS-BC is working towards a connected network of parks and protected areas to ensure resilient ecosystems, a strong economy, and healthy, thriving communities.
South Okanagan Similkameen National Park
South Okanagan Similkameen National Park
The South Okanagan Similkameen is located in the southern interior of British Columbia between the South Okanagan and Lower Similkameen Valleys, and is a high priority area for conservation action with its rich biodiversity and unique contribution to Canada’s landscape.
Flathead River Valley
Flathead River Valley
Help permanently protect B.C.’s spectacular Flathead River Valley. We need a National Park in the south eastern one-third of the Flathead and a Wildlife Management Area in the rest of the valley and adjoining habitat--to complete Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and preserve one of North America’s richest wildlife corridors.

Wilderness parks are places people dream about and many animals rely on for their very survival. For humans, parks are where we recreate, get inspired by nature’s beauty, and revel in their clean air and clean water.

For wildlife, parks are havens -- places to roam, feed and raise their young away from the threat of human development.

Our goals:

  • connect parks and protected areas into networks so species can move freely between them
  • ensure that parks and protected area networks, once established, are managed to protect their ecological integrity forever
  • ensure industrial activity is prohibited in all Canada's parks and protected areas
  • create a network of Marine Protected Areas

CPAWS is on guard for how Canada’s parks are managed, to make sure they continue to protect the nature that inspired their creation.

CPAWS assumes that role increasingly. In 2010, CPAWS helped stop a poorly conceived run-of-river project in the Great Bear Rainforest. We currently add our voice to protect Atlin Lake from a harmful energy project. We also track potential wind power projects in the Muskwa-Kechika as these permanent installations have the potential to damage the world class wilderness and wildlife in the MK's Special Management areas, and in parks located near the project. It’s alarming to see increasing industry and private enterprise impacting parks – places that are supposed to be protected forever.

Climate change and parks

British Columbia needs to protect nature as significant climate change is underway. B.C. has a tremendous variety of plants and animals – these species survive in grasslands, mountains, northern boreal, coastal rainforest and ocean ecosystems. We need to protect strategic large swaths of representative land and ocean – places with a healthy variety of changing lifeforms. CPAWS remains at the cutting edge of climate change and biodiversity research.

Resources

The state of parks in Canada

Ever year, CPAWS releases an annual report on the state of Canada's parks. Read the most recent reports here: 

Losing Ground: Time to embrace the true value of parks (2014).

The state of Canada's parks report (2013)

Parks under threat (2012). 

 

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