Holiday water report 2018
HOLIDAY WATER: BC PARKS ON TOP OF DRINKING WATER IN OVER 600 PROVINCIAL PARKS
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By Cori Marshall
As we continue our look at Canada's outdoor summer destinations, we move onto BC Parks. We communicated with David Karn, Senior Public Affairs Officer for BC Environment and Climate Change about how the water is monitored and the upcoming season.
Karn said that "BC Parks offers potable water for campers and visitors in the majority of its frontcountry parks."
BC Parks defines frontcountry camping as "an area in a park or recreation area within one kilometre on either side of the centre line of a park road or a highway." In contrast, backcountry sites are "primarily used for wilderness hiking and backpacking," and "usually have no facilities."
Karn explained that "park operators must regularly test the water to ensure it meets safety guidelines." If something unsatisfactory is discovered in the drinking water, BC Parks "will issue an advisory and/or shut down access to the water source, in consultation with the appropriate health authorities."
BC Parks is on top of their drinking water, with good reason, they "receive more than 23 million visits each year," Karn said.
Karn underlined that "B.C.'s incredible system of protected areas offers experiences as unforgettable and diverse as the provinces natural lands."
British Columbia is home to more than 600 provincial parks. Parks are available for fun on land and water, for activities as relaxing as picknick to experiences like hiking, camping and seeing the wildlife.