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Many of our provincial parks’ facilities and services are managed by contractors known as Park Operators. Some Park Operators manage one park and others manage a grouping or bundle of parks within a specific geographic location. The areas operated by Park Operators are still protected under the full authority of the Park Act. Park Operators enter into legal Agreements with BC Parks to ensure these areas are managed in compliance with the Park Act and to established provincial standards. If a Park Operator is currently managing a park or a bundle of parks, their business/contact information is provided on the park-specific web pages, on the left hand side under the header Park Contact.
For more information about the Park Operators and their Society, visit the Go Camping website. Please note, the Ministry of Environment (BC Parks) does not maintain this website, and is not responsible for any of the content on the Go Camping website.
BC Parks intermittently procures opportunities for Park Operators. The video below, produced in 2013, provides prospective individuals or companies with a glimpse of Park Operators’ roles and responsibilities.
BC Parks Park Operator of the Year
BC Parks values the amazing contributions that volunteers and other community partners make every year, including Park Operators. To recognize outstanding contributions, BC Parks selects recipients for annual achievement awards for people and organizations that go above and beyond.
2019 – 2020 PO of the Year: John Hiebert
John has worked at Peace Arch Park for the past 41 years. He became the Park Operator in 1998 and retired in October 2020 with a quiet COVID safe luncheon. In that time John has seen many changes. BC Parks went from delivering services using an own forces model to being operated by a private contractor. John has always been there to maintain continuity and operate the park.
Peace Arch Park is a truly unique park, showcasing manicured gardens and the historic Peace Arch at the Canada US border. The park servers as a welcome for travelers coming or returning to Canada, as well as a beautiful location for weddings and picnics. John maintained flawlessly manicured lawns, colorful flowerbeds, and spotless facilities for Park visitors to enjoy. John worked with a sense of pride and ownership for the park and, in a sense, it has been his life’s work.
Peace Arch Park is stunning because of the hard work and care that John has put it to it. He has shared and stewarded that ethic with his staff. Over the years, in all the inspections, no fault has been found in the facility or park operations. The park has type-1 picnic tables that are over 30 years old because of his perfect maintenance. If you wanted someone to witness what facilities are supposed to look like at a BC Park, you would send the person to Peace Arch to view the standard to which we all strive to attain.
Over the years John has maintained a positive relationship with Semiahmoo First Nation. At his retirement luncheon elders from Semiahmoo First Nation were able to show their gratitude for John and his role as a steward of their traditional territory by presenting him with a blanket ceremony. It was profound and important to witness, and it showed how, with dedication, responsibility, and care that park operators are able to help bridge relationships between BC Parks and local First Nations.
John has been an invaluable resource at Peace Arch Park and because he has passed that ethic and knowledge on to his daughter Heather, BC Parks is set up for success at Peace Arch park for the foreseeable future.Thank you to all the nominees for your dedication to BC Parks! We couldn't do it without you all!!
2018 Award Winners
2018 PO of the Year: Quality Recreation
Quality Recreation, a longstanding and well respected Park Operator based in Vernon BC, has operated BC Parks day use areas and campgrounds in the Okanagan Valley since the early 1990s. Most recently, they have expanded operations to the North end of Vancouver Island. They bring years of experience and limitless enthusiasm to BC Parks’ Front county recreation, and consistently demonstrate their commitment to BC Parks’ Mission and Vision.
Congratulations to the management and staff of Quality Recreation. Keep up the great work!
2017 Award Winners
2017 PO of the Year: Sandstorm North Contracting
Sandstorm North Contracting (formerly Mariah Contracting) have been Park Operators since 1996.
They started out in the Omineca at Carp Lake Provincial Park and then later Mount Robson. They moved into the Peace in 2000 and currently maintain the North and South Peace Parks – Charlie Lake, Beatton, Kiskatinaw, Moberly Lake, Swan Lake and Gwillim Lake.
Sandstorm North Contracting go above and beyond in their day to day operations and are committed to continually improving the campgrounds in the Peace. Congratulations to the Sanderson’s and their staff for a job well done!
2016 Award Winners
2016 PO of the Year: Mount Assiniboine Lodge Ltd.
Mount Assiniboine Lodge Ltd. has been the park operator providing recreation service delivery in the core area of Mount Assiniboine Park since 2011.
Andre Renner and Claude Duchesne provide management for Mount Assiniboine Lodge; they go above and beyond their contractual obligations by demonstrating a true desire to maintain park facilities in the best shape possible, and provide the best service to their clients.
They maintain great communications not only to their direct clientele, but also to the diverse user groups that the park attracts including hikers, mountaineers, campers and photographers. Their willingness to support park facility improvements and take innovative paths to improve their operation has benefited all park visitors in the area. A special thanks to Andre Renner and Claude Duchesne for work well done!
2015 Award Winners
2015 PO of the Year: Marnee Allison, Boya Lake Provincial Park
Park Operator of the Year recipient Marnee Allison has spent more than a decade spreading her enthusiasm and love of the outdoors to the public.
Allison has worked in several provincial parks in the northern region of the province, including her current efforts at Boya Lake Provincial Park.
Allison is always full of energy, willing to share ideas, and take on new challenges. She ensures the park she oversees is maintained to the highest standards, and provides additional services to her visitors.
She also involves communities and community members in the management of the park and park activities, and makes considerable effort and has established excellent respectful relationships with the Kaska Dene First Nation and the Tahltan First Nation.
From creating and developing wildflower posters to helping visitors identify plants found around Boya Lake, to hosting and developing a variety of interpretative programs for visitors to enjoy, Allison is passionate about parks regularly goes above and beyond.
2013 Award Winners
2013 PFO of the Year: Jim Hawes and Debra Haas, Summit Lake Provincial Park
Jim Hawes and Debra Haas began operating the very deteriorated Summit Lake Provincial Park in the Kootenays in 2009. Jim and Debra restored the facilities to an acceptable standard and initiated an incredible transformation to the visitor experience.
BC Parks has received many comment cards and letters from the public about the service at Summit Lake Provincial Park, satisfaction also indicated by a 40% increase in visitation since they took over operations. Jim and Debra pay attention to every small detail and seek out ways to improve the visitor experience in whatever way they are able, with high standards of honesty, professionalism and integrity. They even put flowers in the outhouses! Many visitors comment that Summit Lake Provincial Park is the best provincial park that they have stayed in, an example for all to aspire to.
The efforts of Jim and Debra truly put the best interests of Summit Lake Provincial Park and its visitors first, shining through in the exceptional visitor experience.
Chris Price, BC Parks area supervisor, nominated Jim and Debra.
Information for Park Operators
Park Operator Extranet Site (Park Operator use only)
Access to this website requires a password. It contains technical information for use by BC Parks consultants and contractors involved in the delivery of their contract responsibilities and staff involved in the delivery of their program management responsibilities.