British Columbia

ICBC unveils new B.C. Parks licence plates

The province and ICBC have teamed up to release three special licence plates with images of B.C. parks on them.

$33 for every new parks licence plate will go to provincial parks

This is one of three new licence plates commemorating B.C. Parks. (ICBC)

British Columbians can now wear their love for their parks on their licence plates. 

The province and ICBC have teamed up to release three special licence plates with images of B.C. parks on them, including a Kermode bear from the Great Bear Rainforest, snow-capped Purcell Mountains and a view of Porteau Cove overlooking Howe Sound. 

The B.C. Parks specialty plates will cost $50 for the initial purchase. 

B.C. drivers can pay up to 60 per cent more than Albertans for comparable vehicle insurance, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. (ICBC)

"For every new B.C. Parks plate sold, $33 of the initial purchase price will go B.C. Parks and the provincial government," said a ICBC spokesman.

Meanwhile, 100 per cent of the $40 annual renewal fee will go directly to supporting B.C. Parks.

"With these new licence plates, British Columbians can show just how much we love our world-class parks," said Ric Careless, chair of the campaign for B.C. Parks. 

"So now, even when stuck in traffic, looking at the parks licence plate on the car ahead, you will be reminded of the beautiful natural protected places across B.C. that you can visit and escape to."

Porteau Cove on the Sea to Sky Highway is featured on this special B.C. Parks licence plate. (ICBC)

This isn't the first time the province has introduced special licences. 

Before the the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, car owners could pay an initial $35 fee for special commemorative licence plates. ICBC says net proceeds from sale of the plates went towards supporting Canadian athletes. 

Now, standard plates cost $18, while veteran plates cost $5 and personalized plates cost $100. 

The B.C. park licence plates will be available for purchase at Autoplan broker offices as of Jan. 29, 2017.

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