BC Parks Land Acquisition Announcement Includes Special Baynes Lake Property

Summary of a news release from the Provincial Government:

The B.C. Government has announced more than 190-hectares of ecologically sensitive land on six different parcels around the Province has been acquired as new parks or additions to existing parks, including one very special piece of property in the Baynes Lake area.

“Parks benefit our environment, our economy, and make life better for people in B.C. every day,” said Premier John Horgan. “By protecting these lands today, we’re expanding the beautiful parks B.C. is known for around the world, and making sure this land will be here for future generations.”

Among the properties acquired is a 17-hectare piece of land in the middle of Kikomun Creek Provincial Park that was home to the Carlsons - a long time Baynes Lake family. “This is a huge announcement for our community,” said Regional District of East Kootenay Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle. “The Carlson family has supported the citizens of Baynes Lake for years, and Jane was known for her passionate commitment to the area. It is wonderful to see the property become part of the park so that it will be protected and enjoyed by all. This is what the family wanted, and what we have been working toward for a long time. I know Jane would be so proud.”

The other five 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;
  • 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 near Kaslo.

To view the full news release and more detailed "BC Parks Land Acquisitions" backgrounder, click here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018PREM0021-000821