Julie Melanson has won a contest marking B.C. Parks’ centennial. She wrote about her love for Silver Star Provincial Park and cross-country skiing at Sovereign Lake.

Julie Melanson has won a contest marking B.C. Parks’ centennial. She wrote about her love for Silver Star Provincial Park and cross-country skiing at Sovereign Lake.

Local wins nation-wide parks contest

Julie Melanson's love for cross-country skiing at Silver Star Provincial Park's Sovereign Lake wins her grand prize in parks contest

A Vernon resident is the grand prize winner of a spa retreat and  a spelunking adventure in the Share Your  B.C. parks online contest sponsored by B.C. Magazine and B.C. Parks in celebration of 100 years of B.C. Parks.

Julie Melanson, who told the magazine her story about a perfect winter’s day in her favourite provincial park, was awarded a two-night getaway for a family of four to Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort in Parksville and a guided caving tour at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park.

From March 15 until Sept. 30, residents of Canada were asked to share their top thing to do in a B.C. provincial park for a chance to win one of three B.C. adventure packages.

The winning entries were randomly  selected by magazine staff from more than 300 submissions.

What was Melanson’s top thing to do in a park? She wrote, “I like to feel  like I am dancing on my skis, as I skate ski on a crisp, clear winter day  at Sovereign Lake in Silver Star Provincial Park.”

All submissions can be viewed online at the magazine’s special website:  www.ShareYourBC.com

“Many people shared a lot of great stories so it’s a good thing this was a  random draw,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.

“I know grand prize winner Julie Melanson’s favourite thing is  shared by many Vernon residents.”