You Did It!!!!!!!!

This is an unbelievable story. Thousands of British Columbians, and people from around the world, have come together to protect a beautiful place, forever, through the spirit of gratitude. 

We have a feeling this story is not over and is part of something much bigger. If you want to continue to contribute, all additional funds will go into our Parks Bank of British Columbia to be used to protect other beautiful places like West Ballenas. Stay tuned!

1.7million thanks to you.

With gratitude,

Andy Day
(aka the luckiest person alive to have this job)
CEO
BC Parks Foundation

WEST BALLENAS ISLAND

West Ballenas Island is an undeveloped 100-acre island gem floating in the Salish Sea – one of BC’s most threatened environments. Listed as one of the top ten most biodiverse sites in the Gulf Islands, West Ballenas is home to abundant bird populations, rare plants, threatened species, and marine life.

It’s also in a prime location for human use, being close to the rapidly growing Nanaimo-Parksville region of Vancouver Island. Part of Snaw-naw-as Nation territory, and long popular with local and international boaters visiting the surrounding archipelago, most people are not aware the island is privately held and zoned for development into a number of individual parcels.

WHERE IS WEST BALLENAS ISLAND?

West Ballenas Island

WHY IS WEST BALLENAS ISLAND IMPORTANT?

  • Recognized by the Conservation Data Centre as one of the ten most biodiverse sites in the Gulf Islands with coastal bluff and coastal woodland sensitive ecosystems
  • Home to red-listed Garry Oak-Arbutus community and a rare Shore Pine- Cladina-Kinnnikinnick plant community as well as blue-listed species
  • Contains the endangered species Water-plantain buttercup, one of only two locations in British Columbia
  • As an island, the property is virtually undisturbed by grazing and other human impacts
  • Foreshore serves as winter haul out for California and Northern Sea lions
  • Adjacent to Federal Fisheries and Oceans’ Rockfish Conservation Area
  • Surrounding waters support rafts of diving sea birds, orcas, and other marine mammals; the passage between the two Ballenas islands contains eelgrass beds

A CATALYST FOR THE WINCHELSEA ARCHIPELAGO

West Ballenas Island was the only private non-park parcel remaining in a proposal to establish the Ballenas-Winchelsea Archipelago as a 4900-hectare marine park– a long-standing conservation initiative within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve.

The area has a provincial park (Gerald Island), a private park (South Winchelsea Island), a regional park on Vancouver Island, and four small community parks along the Vancouver Island waterfront associated with the Lantzville community.

With support from the Islands Trust, the Nanaimo Regional District, the community of Lantzville, and a number of non-government groups such as BC Nature, Vancouver Island University, the Council of British Columbia Yacht Clubs, Fairwinds Community Association, and the BC Marine Trails Network, the acquisition of West Ballenas Island will act as a catalyst for garnering support from the Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation, BC, and Canada for creating a world-class marine protected area in one of BC’s most threatened ecosystems.

Thank-you Mel, for your work in getting the West Ballenas Island purchased for a park in BC…Next time, could you work on getting a park a little closer to HSC?

Thanks,

The Hollyburn Sailing Club