Across Canada, May long weekend is traditionally the kickoff to summer. Warmer weather, longer days and lots of sunshine are in our sights from now until September, hopefully.
What better way to experience the beauty of summer in British Columbia than exploring the hundreds of B.C. Parks found right in our own backyard, and throughout every corner of our province. B.C. is home to some of the most picturesque and unique natural landscapes found nowhere else in the world and easily accessible for anyone to enjoy.
Our provincial parks draw visitors from around the world, and not surprisingly truly the biggest attraction that B.C. has to offer. For years, British Columbia has set aside land and outdoor spaces to be preserved and enjoyed for generations.
As you plan your summer vacation, or quick weekend getaways, be sure to visit bcparks.ca to explore what each park has to offer including listings of location, amenities or activities. Campsite reservations can be simply made right from your computer before you leave at discovercamping.ca.
Exploring our incredible backcountry is also made easier with our backcountry permit registration service found on the B.C. Parks site. All of the information needed for your excursion including campsite information, details of nature and wildlife in the area, lists of activities and hiking trail information.
However, whenever you are outdoors in the front or backcountry, be smart. Close encounters with wildlife, careless maintenance of campfires and litter are becoming an increasing problem in our parks.
Be sure to check with bcwildfire.ca for up-to-date information of fire bans and alerts throughout B.C. Also, be sure to let others know your trip plans including departure and expected return dates.
So make plans this summer to explore your favourite provincial park and enjoy Beautiful British Columbia.
Coralee Oakes is the MLA for Cariboo North and is the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.