BC Parks’ Plans to Reopen

May 15, 2020

Phase 1 – May 14, 2020

Re-opening of most parks for day-use activities only

Activities such as guided hiking, nature tours, canoe rentals, access to private infrastructure, and research may resume provided they do not involve overnight use of a park. Generally, this means no access to any part of a park between 11 pm and 7 am the next day, or as otherwise indicated by sign.

Please be aware that the PUP holder is responsible for enforcing PHO guidelines and monitoring employees and customers to ensure all activities undertaken are in accordance with the recommended guidelines.

Phase 2 – June 1, 2020

Re-opening of overnight use along with most camping facilities and any remaining day-use areas in most parks   

Overnight camping activities (both front-, back-country and marine) and overnight use of privately-owned recreational facilities may resume.

Phase 3 – TBD

Parks that are highly used will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine when public access may safely resume

Any permitted activities may only be undertaken in closed parks by written exemption.

If you have a written exemption allowing you to access a park for a specific purpose, that exemption is still valid until such time as it is no longer needed based on park access restrictions being lifted under an order.

PUP holders operating in BC Parks are reminded that they are required to abide by, monitor, and enforce PHO guidelines, and any activities (such as guided day-use hiking, nature tours, canoe rentals, and bike rentals) should be undertaken according to public health guidelines. PUP holders are responsible for the health and safety of clients.

These are uncertain times, and we commit to keep you informed as our re-opening efforts move forward. For ongoing updates, please continue to refer to www.bcparks.ca. We appreciate your continued support of BC’s parks and protected areas.