Helliwell Provincial Park
|Helliwell Provincial Park|
The cliffs of Helliwell Provincial Park
|Location||Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada|
|Area||2,872 hectares (7,100 acres)|
|Established||September 16, 1966|
|Governing body||BC Parks|
The land, formerly a farm belonging to the Acton family, was donated by Mr. J. L. Helliwell. The park was established by Order in Council 2681 on September 16, 1966 and expanded several times thereafter. Its 2,872 hectares (7,100 acres) now include Flora Islet and part of Lambert Channel.
The park has large old-growth Douglas-fir trees and rare Garry oak ecosystems. A trail loops around the bluffs that overlook the Strait of Georgia and links-up with Tribune Bay. The Garry oak meadow ecosystem is one of the many microclimates located within British Columbia and is considered an endangered habitat.
The cliffs in the southern part of the park form a unique microclimate that local community groups are attempting to protect. These cliffs are also nesting areas for the pelagic cormorant.
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- "Helliwell Provincial Park". Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- "Fillongley, Tribune Bay, Helliwell, Sandy Island Parks Master Plan" (PDF). 1987. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- Pacific Forestry Centre, Canadian Forestry Service Garry Oak Recovery Team Research document, 2005
- BC Wildlife Watch, Ministry of Environment
- Helliwell Provincial Park – B.C. Ministry of Environment Site
- Tribune Bay Provincial Park – B.C. Ministry of Environment Site
- Helliwell/Tribune Bay Provincial Park – Commercial Site
- Garry Oak Ecosystem – Province of British Columbia Ministry of Environment
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