Submitted by BC Parks
BC Parks is currently in the very early stages of developing a new management plan for Windermere Lake Provincial Park.
During the public comment period between January 10th and May 6th, 2019, BC Parks received comments from over 125 park users, area residents and other interested individuals who identified how they currently use the park, what they think the key management issues are for the park and what their recommendations would for future allowable activities. Walking and hiking was the most commonly identified existing use and many respondents were supportive of the way BC Parks is currently managing recreation use in the park and would like to see future management for the park remain consistent with existing management. For those that indicated a level of interest in increasing recreation opportunities, allowing for mountain bike use in the park was most prevalent. The development of the new draft plan will consider the comments received along with other conservation, recreation and cultural information to ensure the ongoing protection of park values.
Once a draft is prepared, the next step in the process will include continued engagement with First Nations, stakeholders and the public on the proposed draft plan. That step will include a public engagement session located in Invermere. We will provide ample notification of the date, time and location of the session to ensure those who wish to comment can make plans to attend. Comments received on the proposed draft will help to inform the final management plan, that once approved, will replace the existing management plan that was approved in 2003 and is currently available on the BC Parks webpage for Windermere Lake Park.