The much anticipated reopening of BC Parks is underway! After more than a month of closures, the majority of provincial parks and protected areas and marine parks have now reopened. This allows people across the province to have more access to safe outdoor recreation opportunities, while remembering to follow the guidelines of Dr Henry, the Provincial Health Officer.
Yesterday, BC Parks reopened many front and back-country trails, beaches, picnic areas, washroom facilities and boat launches for day-use only.
- Visitor centres, nature houses and concession buildings may be opened on a case-by case basis.
- In some locations, facilities such as playgrounds, hot springs, halls, and picnic shelters will remain closed.
On June 1, BC Parks will re-open some provincial campgrounds and back-country camping. The Discover Camping reservation system will be back online on May 25 at 7:00AM PT to accept camping reservations. Not all campgrounds are expected to open at once; opening dates will depend on Park Operator capacity to provide services and maintain safe health practices. Availability of campgrounds may vary from region to region. Check out bcparks.ca for anticipated re-opening dates for specific parks.
- To ensure physical distancing, there will be 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.
BC Parks advises the parks that attract large crowds will remain closed until it is safe to reopen at a later date. As well, backcountry campgrounds in some parks with high day use will also remain closed.
All visitors are asked to follow updated health and safety guidelines
- 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 Provincial Health Officer.
- Visitors should bring their own hand sanitizer are asked to practice appropriate hygiene.
- If you are sick, please visit another time.
Get out, have fun and enjoy nature…safely.
To be sure that the park near you is open visit bcparks.ca/covid-19/parks-affected