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Non-Motorized Outdoor Recreation in British Columbia: Participation and Economic Contributions

Key Message

Non-motorized outdoor recreationists contribute significantly to the economy of BC. A higher frequency of single-day trips where opportunities are more easily accessible indicates that the economic contributions of non-motorized recreation are directly linked to the availability of recreation opportunities.

Source

Kux, Stephen and Wolfgang Haider. (2014). Non-Motorized Outdoor Recreation in British Columbia in 2012: Participation and Economic Contributions. Burnaby, BC: School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University. March, 2014

Purpose

The purpose of this research was to estimate participation rates and economic contributions associated with non-motorized outdoor recreation in British Columbia for the year 2012. A total of 28 outdoor recreation activities were examined for participation rates by BC residents. Frequency of participation, separated by single-day and multi-day trips, differences in participation between the Lower Mainland and the rest of the province, distances traveled in pursuit of these activities, expenses associated with the various activities, and demographic characteristics of participants grouped by similar activities were also investigated.

Evidence

Conservative estimates of the contribution to BC's economy by non-motorized outdoor recreationists suggest that residents of the province collectively traveled more than 1.3 billion km to engage in non-motorized outdoor recreation in the year 2012 and that the direct economic contributions of their participation topped $3.5 billion even before equipment purchases were considered . The fact that respondents living outside of the Lower Mainland, where opportunities for pursuing outdoor recreation are more easily accessible, reported higher frequency of participation in single-day trips suggests that the economic contributions of non-motorized recreation are directly linked to the availability of recreation opportunities. Single-day trips alone generated an estimated $2.5 billion in BC in 2012.

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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