The South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Network

The South Okanagan-Similkameen is our home. It is where we learned to fly a kite, where we make our lives, where we raised our children.

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Similkameen Valley at Sunset. Preserved Light Photography

We have the opportunity to celebrate and protect this home place by creating a national park. A South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Reserve would protect the unique species and habitats of our region, and bring an array of social and economic benefits to local communities.

A recent professional opinion poll taken in the South Okanagan-Similkameen shows a solid 70 percent support the creation of a Park Reserve. Ordinary citizens, businesspeople, community leaders and scientists increasingly see the ecological, economic and social benefits to our region.

Graham Osborne Beyond the world-class management of ecosystems and biodiversity, a National Park Reserve brings with it permanent jobs, recreation opportunities and a boost to our local tourism and winery sector. It can also provide a showcase for the rich Indigenous culture and history of the area.

In January 2017, the Provincial government announced they would re-engage with the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the Federal government on the creation of a National Park Reserve. Let’s keep up the pressure, and make sure this amazing ecosystem gets the protection it needs.

We urge you to join us in realizing our vision and show your support to preserve this precious area before it is too late.

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