BC Protected Areas Research Forum

What is BC PARF?
BC PARF is a partnership between the research community, and regional, provincial and federal park governing agencies. The research forum brings together researchers, advocates, managers, and community members who create, share, and use research for parks and protected areas management in British Columbia. 

Cultivating Responsible Recreation Practices – a discussion of existing and emerging approaches

We all know that not everybody is as mindful of their outdoor impacts as they ought to be, but how successful are existing education efforts, such as Leave No Trace, and what else can be done to foster more responsible low impact behaviours?

Join the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC for a discussion and Q&A with academic Clara-Jane Blye (University of Alberta), Tread Lightly educator Brian Pratt (Four Wheel Drive Association of BC), and “105 Hikes” author and responsible recreation advocate, Stephen Hui, to learn more about best practices in responsible recreation programming and environmental communication for behaviour change.

Panellists will each give a brief presentation about their own initiatives, followed by a facilitated panel discussion and Q&A period, and ending with a live Q&A with the audience.

As we make new summer plans, now is a good time to renew our commitments to responsible recreation and continuous learning. If you’re interested in digging deeper, learning what academic research suggests works and what doesn’t work to encourage behaviour change, and hearing about different perspectives and approaches, we invite you to join us.


Bringing Together People with a Desire to Improve Accessibility at National Parks

The Accessible Parks Canada project is an interdisciplinary research project being conducted by the Engineering Health Lab (part of The KITE Research Institute) and affiliated researchers. Our goal is to revise guidelines for making Canada’s national parks more accessible. Our research is supported by funding from Accessibility Standards Canada.