Pass It On.
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The wild, incredible nature of our backyard is core to being British Columbian. As the official charitable partner of BC Parks, the BC Parks Foundation is on a mission to enhance and pass on the legacy of our province’s most incredible resource. People like you - BC residents, visitors and like-minded organizations - are guiding our expidition of creating the best parks system in the world, right here in BC.
Parks today are facing ever-increasing threats. They need your support and the world needs more of the remarkable beauty that lives within British Columbia. When you support parks, you are passing along the magic of life. Forever.
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November 14, 2018
Here is a guest blog by our good friends at Cetus Research & Conservation Society, a non-profit dedicated to protecting marine mammals in the wild. It's an example of the kind of work that needs funding to keep the magic of...
June 23, 2018
Earlier this summer, the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH) released a Statement supporting and endorsing earlier work on the important of outdoor active play. The main statement is that: "Access to active play in...
June 20, 2018
This mother bear, a sow, is busy eating salmon in preparation for hibernating for the winter. What you can't hear in this picture is the crying and whining the cub is doing in an attempt to get his mother to share her salmon. The...
BC Parks Champions
In many ways parks have made me who I am. As an Ontario boy, I thought of Algonquin Park as a kind of Nirvana. It denoted wilderness and nature in a pure form. Wolves roamed there. When I landed a job, ages 17-19, doing “chores” at the research station, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. It also became apparent that the people who worked in parks, the rangers and naturalists, were an important part of the scene. They appreciate and protect nature for others to enjoy. These people became my role models.
BC parks are among the most spectacular in the world because this province is blessed with a great variety of natural habitats from mountains to marine. We need to use them or lose them but at the same time we must not love them to death with too many amenities. It will take vigilance and budgets to guarantee that our parks will be as beneficial to future generations as they are to us.
I was born in Port Alberni and grew up on Vancouver Island. That was the era when family vacations meant packing the camping gear into the trunk of the Buick and heading off down one BC's brand new highways. It was pure exploration and discovery - the Cariboo, the Slocan Valley, the Big Bend highway, the Chilcotin - exploring the wonders of the province by day, and pulling in for the night at a BC Parks campground. Those experiences kindled my love of exploration and new vistas, which took me around the world as a scientist (biology PhD) then later as a technology entrepreneur. I founded the BC-based Tula Foundation in 2002 and set up Tula’s Hakai Institute in 2010. Hakai develops the tools, systems, people and insights we need to understand our coastal ecosystems in the context of climate change, and to deal with the consequences that are coming. We operate field stations at remote locations on the BC coast. We have our own scientific staff plus a large network that includes university researchers, government scientists and First Nations. For the past eight years we have enjoyed a very close and productive partnership with BC Parks via our Calvert Island field station, which is located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.
BC's parks are our pride and joy, naturally.”
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