BC Parks restricting access to its sites during coronavirus pandemic

Mar 20 2020, 5:02 pm

BC Parks is announcing temporary service restrictions to facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a release, BC Parks says it will be suspending services at marine visitor centres, nature houses, washrooms and day-use facilities. Campgrounds and camping opportunities will also be closed and current reservations will be automatically refunded.

“Nature provides the perfect environment to promote health and well-being,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in a statement.

“We are following the advice of the provincial health officer to help people get outside, while ensuring they are following the PHO’s direction and guidance to stay healthy. Our government is taking every necessary step to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to a time when we can return to full operations at our provincial parks.”

BC Parks says some day-use services and facilities are available at the following locations:

  • Mount Seymour Provincial Park – access restricted to some lower-elevation trails. Parking and road access are closed.
  • Cypress Provincial Park – access restricted to some lower-elevation trails. Parking and road access are closed.
  • Goldstream Provincial Park
  • Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
  • Miracle Beach Provincial Park
  • Wells Gray Provincial Park

BC Parks is reminding patrons that parks can attract large groups, especially if located near urban centres, and “visitors should keep this in mind when choosing which park to visit. People are also reminded to keep at least two metres apart from each other during this time.”

More information about closures and restrictions can be found on the BC Parks website.