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In 1971, James David 'Jim' Anderson was the first professionally trained park planner hired by the BC Parks Branch. Born in Yellowknife and based in Victoria, Anderson wrote British Columbia's Magnificent Parks: The First 100 Years (Harbour, 2011), which coincided with the one-hundred-year birthday of Strathcona Park. The book describes the 1910 mission of a group of 'politicians, poets, social butterflies and an overweight cook, all led by a Shakespeare-quoting bushrat' named Hughie Horatio Nelson Baron Bacon who set out from the Willows Hotel in Campbell River to explore the interior of Vancouver Island to assess the region's suitability for becoming BC's first wilderness park.
With almost 1,000 parks and protected areas, B.C.'s provincial parks cover more than 13 million hectares or 12.26% of the province's land base. There are 340 campgrounds, 126 boat launches and 6,000 km of hiking trails--a distance greater than that stretching from Tofino to the most easterly point of Newfoundland.
Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
British Columbia's Magnificent Parks: The First 100 Years
British Columbia's Magnificent Parks: The First 100 Years (Harbour $44.95) 978-1-55017-507-3