SMITHERS– New Democrat MLA Nathan Cullen says people in Smithers will benefit from new improvements that will make it easier and more enjoyable to explore the outdoors at Babine Mountains Park.
“The pandemic has made it clear to everyone just how important getting outside is for our mental and physical health,” said Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine. “These new improvements to the beautiful Babine Mountains Provincial Park will encourage more people to get outside, get moving, and explore a park that’s important to the whole valley.”
The planning to upgrade and re-route existing trails, as well as build new trails at Babine Mountains Park is currently underway. Following the busiest season ever for BC Parks, the BC New Democrat government is investing $21.5 million over the next three years to expand and enhance opportunities for outdoor recreation, including new campsites, trails and upgrades to facilities at several parks. The Province is consulting with First Nations governments and conducting environmental and archaeological assessments prior to moving forward with the projects.
The investment is part of an $83 million budget increase to BC Parks which will strengthen management of the park system and provide a more enjoyable experience for people. In addition to this proposed project at Babine Mountains Provincial Park new funding is also being invested in all regions of the province to acquire new land, add more campsites and improve high-use trails.
During the last four years, more than 1,500 campsites have been added to provincial parks and recreation sites in high demand areas. 500 of those sites have been in the Lower Mainland area including Cultus Lake, Golden Ears, Chilliwack Lake, Stawamus Chief and Garibaldi. New campsite developments incorporate accessible design standards, wherever possible, so people living with disabilities can enjoy outdoor activities with no barriers.