BC plans to reopen most provincial campgrounds next month

May 21 2020, 7:08 am

BC Parks is reminding visitors that despite some parks reopening, physical distancing measures remain in full effect. Visitors should bring their own hand sanitizer and are asked to practice appropriate hygiene. If you are sick, please stay home. And remember to only visit parks that are close to home. 


While camping season has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most campgrounds in BC will reopen as of June 1, according to BC Parks.

In accordance with Phase 2 of the province’s reopening plan, BC Parks says the reopening will come with increased health and safety measures.

To ensure physical distancing, BC Parks says more spacing will be implemented between campsites and there will be a limitation on the number of guests at campgrounds.

Communal facilities, such as shower buildings, will reopen with enhanced cleaning protocols.

BC Parks notes that sites that requiring campers to use shared cooking facilities and backcountry cabins will remain closed.

According to the provincial campsite reservation website, Discover BC, bookings will be unavailable until 7 am on May 25.

Provincial parks in the province shut down on April 8 and most reopened to the public on May 14.

Park staff are enforcing physical distancing measures at open parks, such as limiting the number of vehicles allowed to park at one time.