Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Park

Feature Type:Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between N end Kootenay Lake and Columbia & Windermere Lakes, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°09'00''N, 116°32'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82K/2
Related Maps: 82F/15

Origin Notes and History:

Purcell Wilderness Conservancy established by Order in Council 4 December 1974 - the first area in British Columbia to be preserved for wilderness recreation purposes, containing 325,000 acres. Status changed to a provincial park, to be known as Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Park, and area added per Bill 53: Park Amendment Act 1995, 13 July 1995, the whole now containing 198,183 ha. Boundary redescribed per Bill 50-2004: Parks and Protected Areas Statutes Amendment Act, 17 May 2004; the whole now containing approximately 198,116 hectares.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office