Hikers now need to reserve a day pass online to access the most popular trails near Metro Vancouver as part of an effort by BC Parks to reduce crowding.
The day-use passes can be reserved online through the BC Parks website, and they’re required for hikes in the following provincial parks:
- Golden Ears
- Mount Seymour
- Stawamus Chief
- Mount Robson
The day passes are completely free.
They’re only reservable for same-day visits and become available at 6 am.
Garibaldi reservations last all day, but visitors at the other five parks will need to select whether they’ll arrive in the morning or afternoon.
The passes only restrict when visitors can arrive. Once in the park, hikers can stay as long as they like.
The day-use passes are available through the Discover Camping website, and users need to click on the “day use” tab on the top right of the site to get there.
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A BC Parks spokesperson told Daily Hive earlier this week that the passes are being brought in to reduce crowds on popular trails.
“So people can enjoy parks while managing issues of public safety and the health of the environment,” the spokesperson said.
The Ministry of Environment also told Daily Hive this week that managing crowds is especially crucial when BC is fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
“If a park is too busy and physical distancing cannot be maintained, visitors using parks for day-use activities are asked to find another outdoor space to enjoy close to home,” a ministry spokesperson said.