If you’re planning a hike at Joffre Lakes this long weekend, you’ll have to leave your dog at home because domestic pets will officially be banned from the popular hike as of May 18.
In April, BC Parks said domestic animals have “led to issues with visitor experience, public health concerns, and conservation efforts.”
And now, park authorities have announced that the full ban goes into effect this Friday.
“To protect the environment and wildlife at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, dogs and other domestic pets will be prohibited as of Friday, May 18, 2018,” said BC Parks on its website.
“This is not the first time dogs and other domestic pets have been prohibited from a B.C. provincial park. Similar prohibitions are in place to protect the environment in Garibaldi, Bowron Lake, Kokanee Glacier, and Cathedral provincial parks.”
The ban will be enforced by park rangers year round.
As a reminder, if you do plan on heading out to any hikes this long weekend, please make sure you are prepared before beginning your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from North Shore Rescue and AdventureSmart.