The South Okanagan-Similkameen is the place we call home.
A South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Reserve would protect untouched portions of the unique and threatened habitats within our region. These habitats are home to a variety of at risk species, many found no where else in BC or Canada. A National park would also ensure the landscape remains unspoiled for future generations.
Beyond providing a secure future for rare ecosystems and species at risk, a National Park Reserve brings with it economic and social benefits to the community. A National Park would diversify the local tourism economy and provide recreation and education opportunities for both residents and visitors. As a National Park Reserve it would provide a showcase for the rich Indigenous culture and history of the area.
In October, 2017 the Governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with representatives of the Syilx/Okanagan Nation, announced a renewed commitment to establish a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. Tripartite talks are currently under-way to develop a proposed park concept with stakeholder consultations planned for sometime in the fall 2018.
We are working diligently to ensure our region receives the protected area it deserves.
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