“Every corner of British Columbia is spectacular. Wherever you live is an outstanding place. Stay home and enjoy it.” – Premier John Horgan
Parks Canada camping reservations for the 2021 season will begin in April rather than January to give you more time to consider the latest public health measures and help reduce the need for cancellations. On Vancouver Island, this applies to:
- Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site: oTENTik Camping
- Gulf Islands National Park Reserve: Smonecten (McDonald), Prior Centennial, Sidney Spit and backcountry camping
- Pacific Rim National Park Reserve: Green Point, West Coast Trail, Broken Group Islands (backcountry), Keeha Beach
Source / Reservations: Parks Canada
BC Provincial Parks & Campgrounds Open
On May 14, 2020, 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 may remain closed.
As of November 1st, 2020, some BC Parks Campgrounds are CLOSED for the winter season and will reopen for the beginning of the new season in Spring 2021. Other first-come-first-serve (FCFS) campgrounds remain OPEN; please check the BC Parks website.
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 / Reservations
Capital Regional District (CRD) Parks 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 access to park amenities such as toilets and garbage cans. Playgrounds and water fountains are closed.
Source: CRD Parks
Health & Safety Guidelines
- If you are sick, stay home. Visit another time.
- Give preference to visiting parks closer to home, within your own region.
- If a parking lot is full, the park is at capacity; please do not park on road sides or overflow.
- Follow physical distancing guidelines, maintaining 2m distance between yourself and others.
- Bring your own hand sanitizer and practice appropriate hand and respiratory hygiene.
- Keep pets on a leash.
- Garbage facilities may be limited. If you pack it in, pack it out.