The B.C. Parks index for 2012
While I was writing a story on the draft management plan for Golden Ears Provincial Park, I came across B.C. Parks' statistics report for 2011-12. Posted online on December 17, the report is full of interesting numbers about our provincial park system.
So in the style of Harper’s Magazine's famed indices, I present to you the B.C. Parks index for 2011-12.
Number of park visits in 2011-12: 19.3 million
Number of park visits in 2004-05: 18 million
Number of day use visits in 2011-12: 16.8 million
Number of camping visits: 2.3 million
Number of marine visits: 207,454
Percentage that park visits declined in 2011-12 from the previous year, mostly due to a "cold and rainy" summer: 1.7 percent
Amount of budget expenditures in 2011-12: $53 million
Percentage that budget expenditures rose in 2011-12: 8.9 percent
Amount of revenue from camping fees in 2011-12: $15 million
Amount of revenue from backcountry permits: $5,832
Amount that day use parking revenue decreased in 2011-12 due to the removal of parking fees in March 2011: $826,322
Amount that ski hill permit revenue increased due to an extended ski season: $137,294
Number of day use visits to Blackcomb Glacier Provincial Park in 2011-12: 289,419
Percentage that day use visits to Blackcomb Glacier increased over the previous year: 41.9 percent
Number of day use visits to Stawamus Chief Provincial Park: 137,450
Percentage that day use visits to Stawamus Chief decreased from the previous year: 42.8 percent
Number of camping visits to Garibaldi Provincial Park: 9,305
Percentage that camping visits to Garibaldi increased over the previous year: 99 percent
Number of visitors that rated park washrooms as "excellent" in B.C. Parks' satisfaction survey: 665
Number of visitors that rated park washrooms as "poor": 14
Number of active park use permits in 2011-12: 1,212
Number of permits for commercial recreation: 445
Number of permits for film: 43
Visitors haven't been counted in Kennedy Lake Provincial Park since "Service Level Reductions" in 2009.
A 54.3 percent decline in day use visits to Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park has been blamed on "counter malfunction".