Partnering with Parks Canada

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

By working in collaboration with respected organisations that share our values, Parks Canada is able to better deliver its promise to Canadians by continuing to be a world leader in the protection and presentation of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. We believe in sharing leadership and working with our partners to offer unique, inspiring opportunities for Canadians to discover our treasured places and to achieve extraordinary results.

We are proud to be formally collaborating with the following local partners:

BC FireSmart Committee

The BC FireSmart Committee (BCFSC) consists of eleven-member agencies, including Parks Canada. BCFSC's objective is to collaboratively maintain and improve the delivery of the BC FireSmart program. Parks Canada is proud to collaborate with the BCFSC members to better support wildfire preparedness, prevention and mitigation. Safety is always the top priority for Parks Canada in all fire management operations. Parks Canada works with provinces, territories, Indigenous and local communities to ensure appropriate wildfire readiness and response. We believe in sharing leadership and working with partners to achieve extraordinary results.

Camping & RVing BC Coalition

Camping and RVing BC is a coalition of partners that manage or represent over 1,700 campgrounds throughout British Columbia. The coalition provides planning information to help travellers locate RV rentals and unique campsites, make reservations, seek out attractions and find things to do. In addition to Camping and RVing at Parks Canada places throughout BC, the coalition includes provincial campgrounds (BC Parks), privately operated campgrounds and RV parks (including municipal campgrounds) and Recreation Sites and Trails BC (operated by the provincial government). British Columbia’s vast mountain ranges, miles of beaches, sparkling lakes, flowing rivers and lush, green forests offer the ultimate camping and RVing experience.

Canadian Wildlife Federation – Canadian Conservation Corps Program

The Canadian Conservation Corps (CCC) Program is funded by the Government of Canada, through the Canada Service Corps. This three-part program presents an exciting opportunity for young Canadians 18-30 years of age, to learn, grow and experience Canada in a unique way while having a real impact on conservation.

The program deeply engages young Canadians in our natural and cultural heritage through three modes of experiential learning: leadership training, Wilderness Adventure (a wilderness expedition), Service to the community through a conservation field work placement and Education outreach in their local community. Parks Canada is proud to participate in the field work component of the program with placements at locations throughout Vancouver Island.

Mayne Island Conservancy Society

Mayne Island Conservancy Society is a registered Canadian charity that works with the local community to conserve the ecology of Mayne Island and its surrounding waters for future generations.
Parks Canada is proud to collaborate with Mayne Island Conservancy on the Bennett Bay Restoration Project, that is integral to improve the ecology and connectivity of natural habitats in this important area of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and Mayne Island.

Ocean Wise

Ocean Wise is a recognized leader in inspiring action to conserve our oceans. As a not-for-profit organization, Ocean Wise is dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life. They do this through science-based storytelling, including education and public programming, as well as research and direct action.

Parks Canada is proud to collaborate with Ocean Wise. Together, we will develop programs that focus on increasing awareness of key species at risk in BC’s marine environments. One of these species is the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale.

Ocean Wise initiatives such as the BC Cetacean Sightings Network, The Whale Trail BC and Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood, provide important platforms to engage Canadians in protecting BC’s marine environments. These Ocean Wise programs will be part of Parks Canada’s calls to action. Park visitors will be encouraged to report marine mammal sightings through the WhaleReport app and eat sustainable seafood. Visitors to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve can also enjoy shore-based whale watching along the Whale Trail BC at East Point on Saturna Island and Georgina Point on Mayne Island.

Pollinator Partnership Canada

Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C) is a registered charity dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems through conservation, education, collaboration, policy advising, and research. Signature initiatives include the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.

Parks Canada is proud to collaborate with Pollinator Partnership Canada as a member of the Island Pollinator Initiative, a coalition of groups working to preserve and protect pollinators on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands (British Columbia, Canada) through education and outreach, habitat preservation and creation, and collaborative action.

Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society (SIMRES)

Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society (SIMRES) is a not-for-profit organization that brings marine research and education programs to Saturna Island to encourage science and stewardship, and a deeper understanding of our fragile marine

Parks Canada is proud to work with SIMRES. Together, we deliver programs that educate visitors and local residents and showcase the natural and cultural features of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and Saturna Island. We work together to conduct research and monitor activities that help address key threats to Southern Resident Killer Whale, and other species at risk, and contribute to their recovery.

Science World

Science World is a not-for-profit organization that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout the province of British Columbia.

Parks Canada is proud to be collaborating with Science World in the delivery of our urban outreach program in Vancouver. Visitors to Science World can enjoy programs and activities that bring the stories of Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas to the people of Vancouver.

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a unique science and cultural centre perfectly situated on the traditional lands of the WSÁNEĆ Nations of the Coast Salish Indigenous Peoples on the oceanfront in Sidney, BC. The Centre is a vital Canadian not-for-profit and community-based organization with a vision for a healthy and sustainable Salish Sea Bioregion and a mission to create experiences that engage people to learn about, explore and conserve the Salish Sea – its wildlife, waters, land, culture, and people. Open year-round, the Centre offers an incredible opportunity for the public to experience Coast Salish indigenous culture and over 160 marine species (including a Giant Pacific Octopus) through live natural aquaria habitats; daily public and school programs; interpretive exhibits (including Coast Salish art and a rare orca skeleton); and the Salish Sea Store.

Parks Canada is embarking on an exciting collaboration with the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in the delivery of our Parks Canada Education Program at the Centre. Throughout the summer, visitors to the Centre will enjoy engaging education programs, delivered by Parks Canada employees, and showcasing the natural and cultural features of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, and other Parks Canada places.

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