Poorly maintained provincial park in interior B.C. sparks frustration – Okanagan

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White Lake Provincial Park, located in the Shuswap region of British Columbia, has deteriorated, according to a camper.

“I pick up and clean up the rubbish after the campers leave,” says Sorrento resident Don Pryor.

“The next campers (also arrive) (and clean it up) because they want to camp here, so they clean up the mess that the camp leader should clean up.”

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Pryor has been at the campsite for the past four days and says he hasn’t seen any contractors or workers come to clean up the area, in fact he hasn’t seen them at all since they took over management of the site .

He has used White Lake Provincial Park for 30 years and says he has never seen the conditions get this bad.

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Although the campground is small, he says it has a lot to offer, adding that tourists come for the scenery and the fishing.

The lake is known for rainbow trout. Now, with the roads filled with potholes and the area unmaintained, Pryor says people are going elsewhere.

“We used to bring anglers from Toronto every spring to fish here. This year, they could not enter here with their machines.

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Pryor says he and other residents damaged their vehicles on uneven roads.

“Contractor, subcontractor to my knowledge, I’ve been told he’s responsible for looking after the parks they subcontract,” Pryor said.

“We want toilets, roads and grounds cleaned, so we can camp with our kids safely and not have to check for glass.”

The Department of the Environment says the bathrooms at the campsite are maintained by the park operator who they say is on site every day during the operating season to maintain this facility. Moreover, they said that one person’s actions may have caused everyone a problem.

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“A single inconsiderate visitor using the facilities after the operator’s visit to the park may leave a bad impression on all users who arrive later,” the ministry said in a statement to Global News.

“BC Parks strives to ensure a quality experience for all visitors.”

BC Parks says they plan to raise these concerns with the operator in order to improve the quality of the area.


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