COVID-19 UPDATES

 

For more information regarding the re-opening of BC Parks, please visit http://bcparks.ca/covid-19/questions-answers/

To check the status of BC Parks, please visit http://bcparks.ca/covid-19/parks-affected/

July 2020

July 9, 2020

Sea to Sky Parks COVID-19 Return To Work Plan is now available.

June 1, 2020

The following day-use parks and campgrounds are now open:

Sea to Sky Corridor

Porteau Cove – Parking lot is open. All campsites and cabins are open.

Shannon Falls – 1/2 the parking lot is open.

Murrin Park – 1/2 the parking lot is open.

Stawamus Chief – Stawamus Chief Park will be open for day use including climbing, however the main Chief Trail (Backside Trail) is closed. Apron Parking Lot and the Climbers Parking lot are open. All campsites are open.

Alice Lake – All campsites are open. 1/3 of the parking lot is open.

Brandywine Falls – Full parking lot available and trails are open.

Nairn Falls – Day-use and campsites open on June 5.

Birkenhead – Day-use is open and campsites are open.

Fraser Valley

Cultus Lake – Maple Bay & Delta Grove campsites are open. Entrance Bay campsite opens on June 8. Clear Creek camping on June 15.  1/2 Maple Bay Cabins are now open.

Sasquatch – Hick’s Lake & Lakeside campsites are now open.

Chilliwack Lake – Paleface & Radium campsites are now open. Flora, Greendrop & Lindeman campsites open June 15.

Skagit/Silver Lake – Silver Lake campsites are now open. Ross Lake opens on June 15.

Bridal Veil Falls – Day-use area now open.

May 14, 2020

The following day-use parks are now open:

Sea to Sky

Murrin Park – Limited parking

Stawamus Chief – Stawamus Chief Park will be open for day use including climbing starting May 14, however the main Chief Trail (Backside Trail) is closed. Apron Parking Lot and the Climbers Parking lot are open.

Alice Lake – Limited parking

Brandywine Falls – Limited parking

Fraser Valley

Chilliwack Lake – Lindeman Trailhead

Cultus Lake – Limited parking at Entrance Bay and Maple Bay

Sasquatch Park – Greenpoint Day-Use Area only

Skagit Valley – Day-use area only

For more information and updates visit http://bcparks.ca/covid-19/parks-affected/

May 6, 2020

Re–Opening of BC Parks

On May 14, BC Parks will start to reopen the majority of provincial parks and protected areas and marine parks.
People across the province will have more access to safe outdoor recreation opportunities, while meeting the guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO).

Re-opening Dates

On May 14, BC Parks will reopen many front- and back-country trails, beaches, picnic areas, washroom facilities and boat launches for day-use.

  • Visitor centres, nature houses and concession buildings may be opened on a case-by case basis.
  • In some instances, facilities such as playgrounds, hot springs, halls, and picnic shelters will remain closed.

On June 1, BC Parks will re-open most provincial campgrounds and back-country camping.

  • To ensure physical distancing, you may notice some changes in campgrounds, including additional spacing between campsites and limitations on the number of guests in campgrounds.
  • Some communal facilities such as shower buildings will open with enhanced cleaning protocols, while campgrounds that require visitors to use shared cooking facilities and backcountry cabins will remain closed.

Parks that attract large crowds will remain closed until it is safe to reopen at a later date. Backcountry campgrounds in some parks with high day use will also remain closed.

Health and Safety Guidelines

  • Please visit parks close to home.
  • Visitors are expected to respect any facility or area closures and to follow the physical distancing requirements set out by the PHO.
  • Visitors should bring their own hand sanitizer are asked to practice appropriate hygiene.  If you are sick, please visit another time.

BC Parks is doing everything we can to ensure parks are safe. We are all in this together, and we are counting on everyone to do their part so parks can remain open.

Additional Information

For more information on the status of a specific park: bcparks.ca/covid-19/parks-affected

BC Parks Re–Opening Frequently Asked Questions: bcparks.ca/covid-19/questions-answers/

For more COVID-19 information, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC): covid-19.bccdc.ca/

BC’s response to COVID-19 and BC’s Restart Plan: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19

Provincial Health Officer and Ministry of Health News: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

April 8, 2020 | All BC Provincial Parks Closed due to COVID-19

BC Parks is immediately closing the entire BC Parks system, including all parks, protected areas, conservancies, recreation areas, and ecological reserves. All camping (front and backcountry) is now banned until May 31st, 2020. This action is being taken in response to the call for increased action to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

This temporary measure means public and vehicle access is prohibited until further notice. All trails, roads, day-use areas, beaches, lakes, boat launches, and backcountry areas are closed to the public. Park closures will be enforced through regular monitoring and patrols and anyone found in a closed park will be evicted and could face a $115 fine.

For more information please visit the BC Parks website.

 

March 24,2020 | Current Sea to Sky Park closures due to COVID-19

Effective Immediately: For the health and safety of BC Parks visitors, employees, park contractors, volunteers and partners, effective immediately, we are temporarily suspending services and closing facilities in most provincial parks.

Day-use services and facilities will remain available at the following provincial parks:

The temporary measures include the suspension of services at marine parks, visitor centres, nature houses, playgrounds, washrooms and day-use facilities. Provincial park visitors may continue to use trails and areas where accessible, however, they will be expected to carry out their own garbage and will be responsible for their own safety. Visitors should be aware parking lots in some parks may be closed and gated where necessary.

More info at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020ENV0005-000519

 

MARCH 21, 2020 | STAWAMUS CHIEF UPDATE

BC Parks has closed Stawamus Chief Peaks Trail (Backside Trail) and associated access – this includes the main two parking lots at Stawamus Chief Park.

This decision has been made to ensure the continued health and safety of BC Parks visitors, employees, park contractors, volunteers and partners, and to support efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 

MARCH 20,2020 |TEMPORARY CLOSING OF SERVICES AND FACILITIES IN MOST PROVINCIAL PARKS

For the health and safety of BC Parks visitors, employees, park contractors, volunteers and partners, effective immediately, we are temporarily suspending services and closing facilities in most provincial parks.

Day-use services and facilities will remain available at the following provincial parks:

The temporary measures include the suspension of services at marine parks, visitor centres, nature houses, playgrounds, washrooms and day-use facilities. Provincial park visitors may continue to use trails and areas where accessible. Visitors should be aware parking lots in some parks may be closed and gated where necessary.

All campgrounds, camping opportunities and accommodations will be closed until at least April 30; as we move through this pandemic this closure date will be reviewed. Full refunds will automatically be provided to existing reservation holders during this time and given the volume of cancellations, please allow 7-10 days for your cancellation and refund to be processed. Please do not cancel your own reservation as this will delay our ability to process your refund. 

The Discover Camping reservation system will be suspended for all new reservations during this period of closure. When the closure has been lifted and facilities reopened, public notification will be posted.

Complete park closures may also be implemented on a case-by-case basis where required. Visitors should always check the BC Parks website for any updates beforehand.

BC Parks continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak closely and is following recommendations set out by the Provincial Health Officer and Minister of Health for decisions related to closure and reopening of parks and facilities. We ask that all park visitors adhere to the directives for social distancing and other measures recommended by the PHO and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Please continue to check this website for updates.

To view additional information, please review the COVID-19 questions and answers.

 

Temporary Notice (March 20, 2020)

For the health and safety of our call centre agents, work practices at the Discover Camping call centre are being reviewed and will be changing throughout the coming days. As a result, there may be a temporary lapse in service or delay in response to phone calls.

For the health and safety of BC Parks visitors, employees, park contractors, volunteers and partners, effective immediately, we are temporarily suspending services and closing facilities in most provincial parks.

Day-use services and facilities will remain available at the following provincial parks:

The temporary measures include the suspension of services at marine parks, visitor centres, nature houses, playgrounds, washrooms and day-use facilities. Provincial park visitors may continue to use trails and areas where accessible. Visitors should be aware parking lots in some parks may be closed and gated where necessary.

All campgrounds, camping opportunities and accommodations will be closed until at least April 30; as we move through this pandemic this closure date will be reviewed. Full refunds will automatically be provided to existing reservation holders during this time and given the volume of cancellations, please allow 7-10 days for your cancellation and refund to be processed. Please do not cancel your own reservation as this will delay our ability to process your refund. 

The Discover Camping reservation system will be suspended for all new reservations during this period of closure. When the closure has been lifted and facilities reopened, public notification will be posted.

Complete park closures may also be implemented on a case-by-case basis where required. Visitors should always check the BC Parks website for any updates beforehand.

BC Parks continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak closely and is following recommendations set out by the Provincial Health Officer and Minister of Health for decisions related to closure and reopening of parks and facilities. We ask that all park visitors adhere to the directives for social distancing and other measures recommended by the PHO and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Please continue to check this website for updates.

To view additional information, please review the COVID-19 questions and answers.

 

Temporary Notice (March 20, 2020)

For the health and safety of our call centre agents, work practices at the Discover Camping call centre are being reviewed and will be changing throughout the coming days. As a result, there may be a temporary lapse in service or delay in response to phone calls.