The Government of British Columbia has announced that more than 190 hectares of ecologically sensitive land throughout B.C. has been acquired as new parks, or as additions to existing provincial parks.
The parcels of land are valued at approximately $10 million. The properties acquired are:
- 144 hectares of land called Eagle Heights, near Koksilah River on southern Vancouver Island;
- 2.5 hectares at Harmony Islands Marine Provincial Park along the Sunshine Coast, supported by a $750,000 contribution from the BC Marine Parks Forever Society;
- 17 hectares at Kikomun Creek Provincial Park in the Kootenays;
- 16.4 hectares at Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park in the Okanagan;
- 9.45 hectares at Dionisio Point Provincial Park on Galiano Island, and
- Four hectares at Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park in the Kootenays.
One of the largest park systems in the world, British Columbia has 1,033 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas. They cover more than 14 million hectares, or approximately 14.4% of the provincial land base.