2017 BC Wildfires
As a result of the 2017 Wildfire Season, some parks within the fire impacted areas will remain closed until further notice.
Please check individual park pages for more information about their status.
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Important News and Updates
- January 15, 2018 Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park, is featured as one of a new series of stamps released by Canada Post today.
- This iconic old-growth forest is located near Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island. Look for the new stamp at Canada Post locations, and mail your next letter in style. Postcards are available too.
- January 8, 2018 BC Parks is currently accepting applications for seasonal Park Rangers
- BC Parks is currently accepting applications for seasonal Park Rangers (PA11) or seasonal Senior Park Rangers (STO15).
- December 22, 2017 BC Parks permit information to be posted online
Information on BC Parks permit applications and issued permits will soon be available for everyone to view online, as part of the new public notification and engagement policy.
The public notification and engagement policy, coming into effect on Jan. 30, 2018, will better inform the public about park-use permits and what permit applications are currently being reviewed. It also provides guidelines for public notification and public input.
- December 19, 2017 Dec. 31 is deadline for wildfire-related BC Parks refunds
Customers have until the end of this year to request refunds from BC Parks for Discover Camping reservations affected by the summer 2017 wildfires.
The refunds pertain to provincial park closures that occurred as a result of wildfire activity.
- December 14, 2017 Year-round reservations coming soon at Garibaldi Provincial Park
- Visitors can soon reserve campsites throughout the year at Garibaldi Provincial Park, a popular backcountry destination for outdoor enthusiasts along the Sea-to-Sky corridor.
- October 25, 2017 FrontCounter BC launches online park use permit application
- To improve service, the application for new park use permits through BC Parks will be going online, making it easier to access.
- September 23, 2017 Book your spot for two popular BC Parks adventures
- Visitors can start planning their trips to two popular BC Parks destinations, as reservations for the world-renowned Berg Lake trail and Bowron Lake canoe circuit open soon.
- September 12, 2017 Wells Gray Provincial Park backcountry re-opened
Due to current and forecasted conditions in Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails BC today rescinded a closure.
For more information, please see the attached news release:
- September 12, 2017 Closure of Ancient Forest/Chun T'oh Whudujut Provincial Park and Protected Area on September 13, 2017
On September 13, 2017 from 9 am until 4 pm Ancient Forest/Chun T'oh Whudujut Provincial Park and Protected Area will be closed for public safety.
During this time BC Parks in partnership with the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club, will operate a helicopter to sling in bridge spans and other materials in support of construction activities planned for the fall season.
Several upgrades to the trail system are planned for the fall, to improve visitor experience and better protect the unique ecosystem.
Washroom facilities are available ten minutes east of the park at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) rest stop at Dome Creek.
Thank you for your cooperation.
- September 8, 2017Partial closures of Premier Lake and Kikomun Creek Provincial Parks
Effective immediately, areas beyond 50 metres of developed portions of Kikomun Creek Provincial Park and Premier Lake Provincial Park are closed to the public. Areas within 50 metres of the developed portions of the park campgrounds, day-use areas and service yard, including park access roads, remain open. For more information, please see the attached news release and maps of the affected areas:
- July 26, 2017Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park partly reopened
As a result of cooler temperatures and moderate fire danger ratings, BC Parks - in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service - has reopened southern sections of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park for public use, effective immediately.
- July 25, 2017Wells Gray Provincial Park to re-open July 25, 2017
As a result of recent precipitation, cooler temperatures and a moderate fire danger rating in northern portions of the Kamloops Fire Centre, BC Parks – in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service – will re-open Wells Gray Provincial Park to public use as of 7 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
- July 8, 2017 Wells Gray Provincial Park closure to take effect July 9, 2017
In an effort to protect public safety, BC Parks, in co-ordination with the BC Wildfire Service, will close Wells Gray Provincial Park effective 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
- July 5, 2017 Open fires to be prohibited in Coastal Fire Centre
PARKSVILLE – Effective at noon on Thursday, July 6, 2017, all open fires (including campfires) will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the area known as the “Fog Zone”.