Expansion to Myra park

Kelowna's Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park will grow by 19 hectares.

The announcement, made Monday, will add 107 hectares of new land to six Class A parks under amendments to the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act.

The addition to Myra-Bellevue, which encompasses the iconic KVR trestles, will be to the northern section of the park, including an open forest, grassland ecosystem and significant wetland. It also addresses long-standing trespass issues in the area known for mountain biking and hiking trails that intersect within the park.

In addition to a 16.4-hecatre property acquired in 2018, a road access to the acquired parcel, previously exempted from the park, is being added.

The addition also contains habitat that supports various wildlife, some of which is considered at-risk in the province. The addition will bring the total area of the park to 7,696 hectares.

Other park expansions listed in the announcement include:

  • 29 hectares to Bridge Lake Provincial Park in the Cariboo.
  • 2.5 hectares to Harmony Islands Marine Provincial Park on the Sunshine Coast.
  • 17 hectares to Kikomun Creek Provincial Park in the Kootenays.
  • Four hectares to Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park in the Kootenays.
  • 35 hectares to Syringa Provincial Park near Castlegar.

Meanwhile, John Dean Park near Saanich will be renamed with an Indigenous, pronounced Tlay-will-nook, which means "place of refuge."

The amendments will also replace boundary descriptions with official plans for two ecological reserves (Gilnockie Creek near Cranbrook and Trout Creek in Summerland) and three Class A parks (Conkle Lake, Jewel Lake and Johnston Creek).

Official plans provide a clearer description of where the parks or protected area boundaries are located, leading to less chance of unintentional trespassing.

A new official plan has also been prepared for Fintry Provincial Park to reflect a boundary modification made last spring.

British Columbia has 1,033 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas, covering more than 14 million hectares, which receive more than 23 million visits each year.


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