BC parks set to reopen this week with camping on the way June 1

On Thursday, May 14, British Columbia will begin reopening provincial parks, protected areas and marine parks allowing residents more access to outdoor recreation opportunities, according to a BC government news release.

On May 14, front and backcountry trails will open, beaches, picnic areas, washroom facilities and boat launches for day use. Some additional facilities such as visitor centres may be open but it’s on a case-by-case basis. 

On June 1, camping will return as BC Parks will reopen most provincial campgrounds and backcountry camping. 

“To ensure physical distancing, you may notice some changes in campgrounds, including additional spacing between campsites and limitations on the number of guests in campgrounds,” stated a BC Parks news release. 

Parks that attract large crowds will remain closed until it is safe to reopen at a later date. Backcountry campgrounds in some parks with high day use will also remain closed.

Visitors must follow health and safety protocols including physical distancing and it is recommended to bring hand sanitizer. 


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