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The Places We Love Are Being Loved To Death

Visitors and residents are inspired by the beauty and easy access to recreation in British Columbia. But increased visitor presence in natural spaces and a growing population has led many communities to feel the pressures. 

Understand Your Impact

Are You Responsible?

Disrespectful, negligent, and inconsiderate behaviour is threatening the places we love. Having access to beautiful spaces and vibrant communities is a privilege—one we will lose if we don’t change our ways. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and do something about it. (That means you too, locals and residents).

We are all guests on these lands and waters. Respect the people, wildlife, natural spaces, and communities by exploring mindfully. 

Explore British Columbia and enjoy everything this magnificent province has to offer. Just... 

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Bad House Guest

You wouldn't behave disrespectfully in a friend's home. So, why do it in nature? Watch our Bad House Guest series, starring Katie Burrell. 


What's Your Impact?

Have you noticed any of these negative impacts? And more importantly, did your behaviour cause any of them? Learn more about the challenges facing our communities and find out how you can be part of the solution.

Garbage And Human Waste 1 Garbage And Human Waste

1 Garbage And Human Waste

The improper disposal of human waste and garbage is harmful to humans, the environment, and wildlife.

Kilograms of trash removed by Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans since 2013
27,954
Face masks collected by Vancouver plogger David Papineau
40,000
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Human-Wildlife Conflict 2 Human-Wildlife Conflict

2 Human-Wildlife Conflict

People and pets getting too close to wildlife can lead to conflict, injury, and death.

BC Parks reservations impacted by bear closures in 2022
814
Number of black bears euthanized in BC in 2023, up from 493 in 2022
603
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Unsafe Behaviour, Lack Of Preparedness 3 Unsafe Behaviour, Lack Of Preparedness

3 Unsafe Behaviour, Lack Of Preparedness

Unprepared outdoor adventurists put themselves and others at risk of becoming a Search & Rescue or death statistic.

Volunteer hours spent annually on SAR call-outs, training, administration and SAR prevention in 2022
441,019
Search and Rescue incidents per year in BC
1,750
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Lack of Respect - People & Environment 4 Lack of Respect - People & Environment

4 Lack of Respect - People & Environment

From trampling on trails to human-caused wildfires, disrespectful behaviour is creating conflict between user groups and damage to the environment and communities.

Percentage of human-caused wildfires in BC
42%
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Trespassing & Disrespectful Use 5 Trespassing & Disrespectful Use

5 Trespassing & Disrespectful Use

Disrespect for sensitive ecosystems, Indigenous land, cultural sites, and private property, is hurting communities, wildlife and the environment

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Overcrowding, Overuse & Traffic 6 Overcrowding, Overuse & Traffic

6 Overcrowding, Overuse & Traffic

Increased visitation is causing traffic woes, parking issues, overcrowding, and overuse in recreational areas and urban environments.

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Impacts

Learn more about the issues in our communities and how you can be part of the solution.

IMPACTS AND SOLUTIONS

Spotlights & Features

Discover community stories and find new ways to minimize your impact. 

This Long Weekend, Don't Love It To Death

11 Min Read • 2 months ago This Long Weekend, Don't Love It To Death

With May Long Weekend just around the corner, the responsible recreation awareness campaign, Don’t Love It to Death, aims to inspire residents and visitors to make better decisions when recreating outdoors. Now in its second year since launching in July 2022, the Don't Love It To Death awareness campaign reveals the impacts of bad behaviour and gives recreationists the tools and knowledge to protect and preserve the places they love.

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How To Adventure This Summer (Without Loving It To Death)

10 Min Read • 2 months ago How To Adventure This Summer (Without Loving It To Death)

Being prepared for outdoor activities can be a daunting task. Gear up for anything this summer with these tips for safe and responsible adventures.

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Our online community shares how poor behaviour is impacting BC communities and inspires us with creative solutions to change things for the better.

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Supported by the Province of BC

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.