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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 - residents, visitors and akin organizations - help move us toward our vision 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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June 10, 2019
BC has the world’s sixth largest park system
That’s over 14 million hectares across more than 1,000 protected areas – which is something we can all be proud of. However, BC’s...
May 30, 2019
Last year, BC Parks renamed three provincial parks to reflect their historic and cultural significance, using local First Nations languages: Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park on Vancouver Island is now Mquqwin/Brooks Peninsula...
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...
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.
If you have too many quotes from other people in your head, you can't create. You have to keep your head empty. That's why I am constantly enjoying the sky, the park, the walk. ”
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