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BC Parks continues to monitor whether people visiting provincial parks are complying with the physical distancing required to stop the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

BC Parks status during COVID-19 response
Provincial parks are a great place for people in B.C. to get out and enjoy nature, while following the social distancing directives from British Columbia’s provincial health officer (PHO).

BC Parks Response to COVID-19

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Physical distancing is new for everyone and finding appropriate ways to maintain safe distances while getting outside is presenting challenges. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advises remaining at least two metres away from others when outside your home is crucial for stopping the spread of COVID-19. As the weather changes and many of our provincial recreation sites, parks and trails become a destination for people trying to get outside, it is not possible to maintain safe physical distances from others while enjoying these spaces. Due to ongoing concerns about the increase of visitors in provincial parks, certain parks throughout the province will now be fully closed.

The new closures are in addition to the previous suspension of services and facilities in provincial parks, including visitor centres, nature houses, washrooms, and day-use areas. In alignment with Parks Canada, all campgrounds remain closed until April 30. The Discover Camping reservation system will be suspended for all new reservations during this time.

BC Parks will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak closely and follow the direction and advice set out by the PHO and the Ministry of Health. Additional provincial park closures may be implemented on a case-by-case basis where required. Visitors that choose to access a provincial park that is open should be mindful they are responsible for their own garbage, and must practice physical distancing. Additionally, visitors are responsible for their own safety and should be aware that due to reduced supports for Search and Rescue teams at this time, should practice an abundance of caution, or simply, stay home.

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

Important Updates

March 24, 2020 BC Parks COVID-19 Response Update

As part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Parks continues to monitor the number of people visiting provincial parks and complying with the requirements of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) to stay two metres apart while in the outdoors.

Parks throughout B.C. are seeing an increase in visitors, but many people are not complying with the PHO requirements and putting themselves and others at risk. BC Parks has heard concerns from the public, RCMP, First Nations, regional and municipal governments about the increase in visitors and is implementing full closures of certain parks throughout the province.

For the health and safety of BC Parks visitors, employees, park contractors, volunteers and partners, effective immediately, BC Parks is suspending services and closing facilities in additional parks throughout the province. These park closures are in addition to those previously announced on March 20, 2020.

The new closures are in addition to previous suspension of services and facilities in provincial parks, including visitor centres, marine parks, nature houses, washrooms, and day-use areas. In alignment with Parks Canada, all campgrounds remain closed until April 30.

All campgrounds, camping opportunities and accommodations will be closed until at least April 30. Full refunds will automatically be provided to existing reservation holders. 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.

Provincial park visitors may continue to use trails and areas where accessible, however, they MUST stay at least two metres apart while in the outdoors. Visitors will also 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.

Visitors should always check the BC Parks website for any updates. Please see specific park pages for details regarding related closures.

Please continue to check this website for updates.

March 20, 2020 BC Parks COVID-19 Response Update

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.

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.

March 20, 2020 Temporary Notice

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.