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Province closing certain parks, recreation areas
- 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 Closures: COVID-19 Questions and Answers
- Why is BC Parks temporarily closing some facilities and services?
The health and safety of visitors, employees, volunteers and our partners are a top priority. We are doing everything we can to contain the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the burden on our health care system. Our parks are a great place to spend time with friends and loved ones, but we are following the advice of pubic health officials and temporarily closing visitor services and facilities in most front country (facilities accessible by road), backcountry and marine parks. This includes campgrounds, visitor centres, nature houses, washrooms and day-use facilities.
- Why are some parks throughout the province now fully closed, and what does this mean?
BC Parks received numerous complaints and concerns from the public, RCMP, First Nations, regional and municipal governments related to the increase in visitors in certain parks and a lack of people adhering to social distancing directives currently place. This raised concerns regarding our ability to preserve the health and safety of the public in our parks and we decided to close these parks.
The public may not enter any parks that have been closed under a Directors Order. These closures have been put in place to preserve the public health and safety.
- Who has the authority to close a park?
- Under the Park Act, Section 17 – Authorities of Directors and Officers, BC Parks Regional Directors have the ability to issue an order for closure.
- Parks closed under a Directors Order prohibit access of the public.
- The public can continue to access those parks that remain open but in doing so must remember that services have been suspended and facilities in most parks, including washrooms, have been closed.
- Please visit specific park pages to get more information on parks currently available for visitation.
- What BC Parks are closed:
Due to public health and safety concerns the following parks are now closed under Directors Orders:
- Elk Falls Provincial Park
- Flores Island Provincial Park and Gibson Marine Provincial Park – closure of Wildside Trail
- French Beach Provincial Park
- Goldstream Provincial Park
- Gowlland Tod Provincial Park (closure restricted to McKenzie Bight and Tod Inlet)
- Juan de Fuca Provincial Park (includes China Beach, Sombrio Beach and Botanical Beach)
- ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Provincial Park
- Maquinna Marine Provincial Park
- Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park
- Spectacle Lake Provincial Park
- Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
- Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
- Murrin Provincial Park
- Shannon Falls Provincial Park
- Stawamus Chief Park and Protected Area
- How will park closures be enforced?
- Park closures will be enforced through regular monitoring and patrols by park operators and park rangers.
- Signs will be posted at various locations in closed parks to provide notice to the public.
- Can I still access trails?
Visitors may use frontcountry, backcountry and marine areas where accessible but should keep in mind they are responsible for their own safety and that washroom facilities will not be available at parks. Parking lots in many parks may be closed and gated where necessary to ensure public health and safety. Complete park closures may also be implemented on a case-by-case basis where required.
Parks close to urban centres can attract large numbers of people, so please keep this in mind when choosing which park to visit. To keep each other safe, visitors are reminded to follow social distancing direction set out by the provincial health officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control.
- Can I still go camping?
All campgrounds will be closed until April 30, 2020, this date will be monitored as we move through the pandemic and may be modified if required.
BC Parks continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak closely and will follow direction and advice set out by public health officials in terms of when to reopen facilities and services. Anyone currently camping will be asked to vacate immediately as camping is currently closed.
- What will happen to my reservation on Discover Camping?
All reservations between now and April 30, 2020 are being cancelled and fully refunded. However, as we move through the current situation that date may change. Existing reservations will be kept in place until further notice. No action is required by people who have made reservations and require a refund. Refunds will be done automatically and are expected to take seven to 10 business days. New reservations through Discover Camping have been suspended until further notice. A public notice will be issued once facilities are reopened and the system is able to accept new reservations.
- How long will facilities and services be closed?
BC Parks continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak closely and follow direction and advice set out by public health officials. We look forward to resuming normal operations, but for now we must follow the advice of public health experts and work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. People are encouraged to visit the BC Parks website for specific park updates. A public notice will be issued once facilities and services are reopened.
- Where can I get the latest information on protective measures for COVID-19?
Non-clinical information on COVID-19 is available at www.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/covid19. Information on protective measures is available through the BC Centre for Disease Control by calling 1 888-COVID19 or at BCCDC.ca.