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School's out, so head to BC Parks for some adventure

June 22, 2013 - 4:58 PM

Ministry of Environment

VICTORIA - Families looking to get out of town this long weekend can tap into

their inner explorer with BC Parks. With more than 1,030 provincial parks and
protected areas to explore, there's an adventure waiting for everyone.

Kids of all ages can take Jerry's Promise in the BC Parks Passport. Jerry the
Moose, BC Parks' mascot, helps park visitors learn about ways they can keep
parks healthy for all to enjoy now and into the future. The free BC Parks
Passport is one way to explore and learn more about British Columbia's parks

Collect six stamps at over 200 participating provincial parks to earn a
collectible prize, and six stickers from a BC Visitor Centre to earn another
treasure. Passports also include advice on trip-planning and Visitor Centre
coupons, and can be picked up at any visitor centre in B.C. and most provincial

Passport holders who attend a Learn to Fish program are also eligible to
collect a starter fishing tackle gift, which can be collected from a Freshwater
Fisheries Society of BC visitor centre. The free Learn to Fish program
introduces youth and their families to recreational sport fishing. Offered at
many BC Parks around the province in July and August and delivered by the
Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Learn to Fish has a strong focus on
conservation and increasing environmental awareness.

Almost 20 million people visit BC Parks each year, and camping reservations in
BC Parks are up 14 per cent this year to-date, with 74,174 reservations
compared to 65,119 reservations during the same period in 2012.

There are over 5,000 reservable sites in 95 provincial parks throughout B.C. Up
to three reservations can be made online in one easy transaction through
Discover Camping, the Province's camping reservation service. Many BC Parks
still offer first-come, first-served campsites for visitors without


Mary Polak, Minister of Environment -

"With school just out, families are gearing up for their summer vacations. Many
of these vacations include trips to BC Parks. With so much to see and do in our
own backyard and beyond, children of all ages will find fun in BC Parks this

Mike Gass, outreach co-ordinator, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC -

"We are very pleased to be offering our Learn to Fish program again in many BC
Parks. By teaching the basics, like how to choose the right equipment, how to
identify different freshwater fish and how to fish responsibly, we hope to
increase conservation awareness and, ultimately, instil a lifelong sense of
stewardship of British Columbia's natural resources."

Quick Facts:

* Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is a private, non-profit society that
works with the Province to enhance and conserve B.C.'s freshwater fisheries
* Discover Camping can be accessed by mobile devices at:
* Camping reservations can also be made through the call centre at 1 800 689-
9025 for a surcharge of $5 (plus tax).
* Parking fees were eliminated at provincial parks in 2011, making them more
accessible to B.C. families.

Learn More:

For more information about the BC Parks Passport, including participating
locations, visit:

For more information on the Learn to Fish program, visit:

To make a camping reservation, visit the Discover Camping website at:

For more information about B.C.'s provincial parks, visit:

Connect with BC Parks on Facebook at:

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