BC Parks is celebrating a century

BC Parks celebrates 100 years

BC Parks celebrated 100 years in 2011.

March 1 was the 100th anniversary of the very first provincial park created in British Columbia. That park was Strathcona Provincial Park in Vancouver.

BC Parks is holding various events throughout the summer to celebrate its birthday which will be taking place all over B.C. Those who wish to participate in this unique celebration can do so by picking up a free BC Parks 100 Passport to Adventure.

The passports can be found at the BC Visitors Centre @ Golden and at visitor centres across B.C. Passport holders who visit any of the more than 180 parks and visitors centres participating in the passport program will be offered a stamp and the chance to win prizes.

The passports are also a handy tool for information. Advice on trip-planning, information of events and activities occurring in B.C. and special offers will be included in the passport. Along with this information will be a barcode, which can be used with smart phones. This barcode will link the smart phones directly to the BC Parks 100 web page. This creates an easy way to learn and experience the province.

British Columbia protects almost 1,000 areas around the province. These areas offer things such as boat launches, campgrounds, day-use areas and 7,000 kilometres of trails.

The passport program will be running until September 30, 2011. If you would like to receive a passport, visit the BC Visitors Centre @ Golden and don’t forget to get stamped.

If you would like more information on camping in BC visit www.discovercamping.ca. For more information on BC Parks, visit www.bcparks.ca.