The Province has acquired more than 229 hectares which it plans to add to seven provincial parks and one protected area.
Cypress Park near West Vancouver is one among the seven provincial parks the province will add land to.
The newly acquired land is valued at more than $2.47 million and the other locations are
Edge Hills Park near Clinton
Blue River Black Spruce Park near Blue River
Pinecone Burke Park near Coquitlam
Cowichan River Park near Duncan
White Lake Grasslands Protected Area near Okanagan Falls
Wakes Cove Marine Park near Nanaimo
Gowlland Tod Park near Victoria
Through individual donors, the BC Parks Foundation and supporters, the Province says it regularly adds land to the parks and protected areas system.
The Province is also consulting with First Nations about adding these lands to the parks system.
“Growing our park system is important. Growing our understanding about our place and nature is just as important,” said Kelly Greene, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment. “Increasingly, our parks offer us the opportunity to appreciate the importance of Indigenous knowledge and teachings to better understand the changes happening to the land.”
British Columbia has 1,036 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas covering more than 14 million hectares or approximately 14.4% of the provincial land base.
During the past four years, BC Parks acquired 1,144 hectares of land to expand provincial parks and protected areas.