More than 20 million day users made use of B.C. Parks in 2017/18 and another 2.9 million camped during the same period, according to data released by B.C. Parks.

The top 10 most used parks for day usage are all in the southern half of the province, many of them on the Lower Mainland and easily accessible by public transit or a car share.

  • E.C. Manning Park: 2,724 Average Daily Visitors
  • Golden Ears Park: 2,255 Average Daily Visitors
  • Mount Seymour Park: 2,143 Average Daily Visitors
  • Cultus Lake Park: 1,934 Average Daily Visitors
  • Rathtrevor Beach Park: 1,826 Average Daily Visitors
  • Shannon Falls Park: 1,724 Average Daily Visitors
  • Goldstream Park: 1,681 Average Daily Visitors
  • Porteau Cove Park: 1,540 Average Daily Visitors
  • Stawamus Chief Park: 1,499 Average Daily Visitors
  • Macmilan Park: 1,490 Average Daily Visitors

Parks and protected areas generate substantial economic activity through expenditures by the agency (e.g., salaries, capital projects, etc.) and even more from the spending by millions of park visitors (on transportation, accommodation, food and beverages, etc.). These expenditures are an important source of economic activity for local areas near parks, particularly in remote regions. All this spending also generates spin-off economic activity, as well as tax revenue for government.

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