This Act creates a framework for the designation and management of Crown land as park land or recreation areas. In such areas, the Minister must administer the following: government rights, property and interests, wildlife and its habitats, preservation, development use, etc. of these areas and their natural resources; the regulation and control of public and private use or exploitation of these areas and their resources, and of human activity and conduct (sect. 3). It provides for "park use permits" and "resource use permits", i.e. licences authorising an activity, or the occupancy, use, development, exploitation or extraction of a natural resource on or in a park or in a recreation area (sect. 9). Parks and recreational areas are to be classified according to section 5 (Class A, B or C Park, recreation area, nature conservancy area) and divided into categories according to their main purpose (preservation of its atmosphere, environment or ecology; specific features of scientific, historic or scenic nature; to assist travelling public; community recreation) (sect. 12). The remaining provisions further regulate the use of such areas as well as powers of the Minister and park Directors in relation thereto and the application of other Acts. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations in respect of matters connected with this Act (sect. 29).There are also 6 Schedules (A to F) at the end of the Act providing details of numerous Parks.
Implemented by: Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulation (B.C. Reg. 180/90). (2010-05-01)
Implemented by: Class Parks Regulations (B.C. Reg. 227/67). (2002)
Implemented by: BC Parks Recreation User Fees Regulation (B.C. Reg. 136/2009). (2011-05-10)
Implemented by: Application Regulation (B.C. Reg. 373/94). (2012-07-19)
Implemented by: Application of Park Legislation to Ecological Reserves Regulation (B.C. Reg. 364/97). (2006-07-14)
Authors and Publishers
Government of British Columbian (Canada)