words:: Ben Osborne photos:: Courtesy of BC Parks Foundation
Update: The bidding has closed and with multiple forestry companies vying for the land, BC Parks has won the bid, successfully raising $3 million and effectively saving the south shores of the Princess Louisa Inlet. The BC Parks Foundation will work with the Sechelt Nation and provincial government to sort out the details, then the real work begins to protect the land forever. Nice work, BC Parks.
From BC Parks:
Dear Park Supporters,
You did it! Your love for British Columbia and beautiful places like Princess Louisa Inlet has done something miraculous. In just a few short months, you have raised $3 million to protect a jewel in B.C’.s coast.
We still have to finalize the sale with the vendor (now September 3rd), and there are more steps to come, but in donating the funds you have scaled a substantial peak on this amazing expedition.
We know people want to keep B.C. beautiful, and we know our parks are the core of our identity. They are our cathedrals, our towers, our pyramids; the wonders of our world. But we couldn’t have predicted such a fabulous outpouring in such a short time from so many different people and places. We are in a state of awe and gratitude.
We will keep you posted when the deal is finalized. Any funds that continue to come in will be put in our Parks Bank to protect more areas in Princess Louisa and British Columbia.
With our deepest appreciation and admiration,
Ross Beaty, Board Chair
Andy Day, CEO
One of the most unique and jaw-droppingly beautiful swaths of land in North America is for sale, and BC Parks wants to buy it. Their intention? To turn it into a park to be protected for years to come.
The Princess Louisa Inlet, located along the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, is special for many reasons: it is a picture-perfect fjord in located not too far from Vancouver, making it easily accessible for recreationists. It is also home to grizzly bears, old-growth forests, mountain goats, and plenty of other flora and fauna, Most of the southern side of the fjord is up for sale, which leaves it potentially susceptible to development if the land is not preserved by the parks.
The area in question is three lots of prviately owned land land covering 4.5 kilometers (three miles) of waterfront and more than 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of pristine watershed in the inlet. The plan is to purchase the land, and potentially bundle it with the adjacent Crown lands and existing park to create a total of 22,000 acres of protected land in the area. This is an area that deserves to be protected—close enough to civilization to be appreciated with a bit of effort, but far enough away to still retain it’s remote and pristine beauty.
What does BC Parks need from you?
In short, they need your money. Per the seller, BC Parks has been tasked with coming up with the $3 million asking price by August 28th, or the seller will open up the bidding to other private sellers, which could spell trouble for the wellbeing of the area.
“You know, we’re feeling a little nervous about making it over the finish line, but also really confident, because of the outpouring of support we’ve had,” said Andrew Day, B.C. Parks Foundation CEO.
With just a few days left and 93% percent of their goal reached as of August 15th, now is the time to act. Head over to their website to see how you can help to protect this incredibly unique and special area. —ML