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VICTORIA, B.C. – More than 3.1 million campers used provincial parks during the 2021 season, with over 260,000 reservations made, marking the highest volume on record, according to the Province.

With a new record number of visitors to parks this year, it’s resulting in new investments to make future BC Parks experiences better than ever.

“This year has been another exceptionally busy season for BC Parks with more people than ever seeking the benefits to their health and well-being that nature and open spaces provide,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

“Caring for and expanding BC Parks is an investment in a healthy future. These new projects provide even more people with the opportunity to explore and experience British Columbia’s spectacular beauty and retain the vitally important connection to nature.”

BC Parks will be investing $21.5 million over the next three years to expand and enhance the opportunities for outdoor recreation, including campsites, trails, and upgrades to facilities. This investment is part of the $83 million budget increase to BC Parks’ operating and capital budgets.

Around $2 million in new infrastructure maintenance funding will be invested in all regions of the province to improve high-use trails and facilities projects.

To expand opportunities for outdoor reaction, an additional $5 million will be done per year for land acquisitions.

The Province regularly adds land to the parks and protected areas system by acquiring private land and partnerships with conservation groups, individual donors, supporters, and the BC Parks Foundation.

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