Due to COVID-19, all BC Provincial Parks remain CLOSED, but restrictions begin easing May 14. Read more »

Happy Earth Day 2020

Wishing everyone a Happy Earth Day 2020!

We are incredibly fortunate to live on Vancouver Island, with an abundance of nature at our doorsteps. If you can and it is safe to do so with physical distancing, get outside and enjoy your local parks.

COVID-19 Park Closures

Due to COVID-19, all BC Provincial Campgrounds remain CLOSED.

“Exercise good judgment and please do NOT travel to another community. Every corner of British Columbia is spectacular. Wherever you live is an outstanding place. Stay home and enjoy it.” – Premier John Horgan

On May 14, BC Provincial Parks reopened many front- and back-country trails, beaches, picnic areas, washroom facilities and boat launches for day-use. Visitor centres, nature houses and concession buildings may be opened on a case-by case basis. In some instances, facilities such as playgrounds, hot springs, halls and picnic shelters will remain closed.

On June 1, BC Parks will re-open most provincial campgrounds and back-country 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. Some communal facilities such as shower buildings will open with enhanced cleaning protocols, while campgrounds that require visitors to use shared cooking facilities and back-country cabins will remain closed.

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

[ Source: BC Parks ]

All Capital Regional District (CRD) parks remain open.

Visitors must adhere to the orders and recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer and maintain physical distancing from others. Please be prepared for limited or no access to park amenities such as toilets and garbage cans. Playgrounds, water fountains, campgrounds, picnic tables/shelters and fishing piers are CLOSED.

[ Source: CRD Parks ]

Sooke Parks Reopen

As of May 1st, Sooke’s Ed MacGregor, Marine Boardwalk, Sooke Bluffs and Whiffen Spit parks are open again.

[ Source: District of Sooke ]

Regional District of Nanaimo

The Regional District of Nanaimo will be reopening campgrounds, beginning in next month. Starting on June 1, outdoor enthusiasts will be able to stay overnight at Descanso Bay Regional Park on Gabriola Island and Horne Lake Regional Park in Qualicum Bay. Their online reservation system will begin accepting reservations on May 25 at 7 am.

[ Updates via Regional District of Nanaimo ]

Health & Safety Guidelines

  • Please visit parks close to home, within your own community.
  • Please follow physical distancing guidelines, maintaining 2m distance between yourself and others.
  • If a parking lot is full, the park is at capacity; please do not park on road sides or overflow.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer and practice appropriate hygiene.
  • If you are sick, please stay home. You may visit another time.
  • Keep pets on a leash.
  • Garbage facilities may be limited. If you pack it in, pack it out.