The Parks Bank of British Columbia
Expanding and enhancing park lands and infrastructure
BC’s parks are more than just beautiful places that we enjoy, that drive our economy, and that are at the core of who we are as British Columbians. They also provide essential life support functions for us and other species.
Because of increasing pressures like climate change and park visitation, it is more important than ever to add new parkland, fund restoration, and create corridors between parks so wildlife can survive threats such as fire, disease, or habitat loss.
The Parks Bank of British Columbia serves as a way to fund the enhancement of BC’s parks, beyond government responsibilities. The fund will support organizations building and maintaining facilities like huts, trails, bridges, docks, and toilets. It will also support the Foundation in facilitating the purchase or receipt of lands that we can transfer into a protected status with the support of land trusts and other organizations.
Results so far - Over 5,100 hectares of land protected!
- 800 hectares of land was protected in Princess Louisa Inlet in 2019. It is one of the first crowdfunded parks in the world.
- A new park was created on Cowichan Lake in 2019, preserving 2 hectares of land and an additional 46 acres along Cowichan River in 2020.
- 2020 saw almost 10 acres secured at Gowland Todd.
- In 2020, we protected another 260 hectares of land in Princess Louisa Inlet, including the iconic One Eye Mountain.
- We successfully helped raise funds for the Mt. Erskine Trail connectorin 2020, securing an acre of land to ensure trail continuity.
- We also protected West Ballenas Island in 2020, over 40 hectares. It is one of the most biodiverse spots in the Salish Sea with rare and endangered species.
- A new 3,500-hectare conservancy was created in 2021 to protect the environment and wildlife within Tahltan territory, in an area of northwestern B.C. historically known as the Ice Mountain Lands, adjacent to Mount Edziza Provincial Park.
- In 2021, the legacy of the Edwards family was preserved with the purchase of 62 hectares at Lonesome Lake, where the trumpeter swans were brought back from near extinction.
- Another gem of the Salish Sea was secured in 2021 with the acquisition of the 10 hectare Saturnina Island.
- Largely supported by the community of Lasquetians, 256 acres at Young Point on the southwest end of the island were secured.
- Supported by the historic gift from Age of Union, we protected over 296 hectares in the Upper Pitt River area, creating vital wildlife corridors between the 3 major provincial parks bounding the land.
- Through a cohesive partnership with the Nanaimo Regional District, Save Estuary Land Society, Friends of French Creek Conservation Society and Qualicum and Snaw-Naw-As First Nations, we are poised to secure over 20 acres at French Creek Estuary to create Vancouver Island's first eagle sanctuary.
- If you are an American donor interested in receiving an American tax receipt, visit https://conservecanada.org/portfolio-item/b-c-parks-foundation/ to donate.
See below for more information on current projects.
I can't conceive of anything being more varied, rich and handsome than planet earth: its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it ... then put it together and express it in my painting. This is the way I want to dedicate my life.”