Currently, over 14% of the land now called British Columbia is protected as parks including provincial parks, national parks, Tribal parks, Indigenous protected areas, park reserves, conservancies and ecological reserves. It has taken generations to increase wilderness protection in BC, but it's far from complete.
There’s much more to be done. Too many significant wilderness areas that should be protected lands are not protected at all. They risk being ruined by industrial development. Around the world, there are many countries, provinces and states that have a much higher level of park protection than BC has. Over 42% of land is protected in Bhutan, for example, and New Zealand has protected nearly 30% of its land area for the purpose of preserving wild nature.
The Wilderness Committee is calling for an eventual protected area system reaching 50% of the land area. We are currently gathering information on new protected area candidates. We have published several education reports on the protected area system expansion and are always partnering with local First Nations and community groups to identify and protect more wilderness in BC.
BC is the most bio-diverse province in Canada. Let’s work together to hand down this natural living treasure to future generations!
Photo: The Red Creek Fir on Vancouver Island is Earth's largest Douglas-fir tree, yet it is still not protected within a provincial park.
Google Maps of Proposed Protected Areas by region for British Columbia
Click on proposed areas on maps for names of proposed areas. For larger maps with legends, click on "View [map name] in a larger map" below each map.
Google Map of Proposed Protected Areas for Northwest BC
View Proposed Parks for Northwest BC in a larger map
Includes Inland Rainforest, Kootenays and Peace River Regions
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