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April 8, 2020 All BC Parks closing
BC Parks is immediately closing all provincial parks in response to the widespread call for increased action to address COVID-19.

Province closing certain parks, recreation areas
BC Parks continues to monitor whether people visiting provincial parks are complying with the physical distancing required to stop the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

BC Parks status during COVID-19 response
Provincial parks are a great place for people in B.C. to get out and enjoy nature, while following the social distancing directives from British Columbia’s provincial health officer (PHO).

Group Campsite Repurposing – Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is BC Parks repurposing group campsites within BC Parks’ campgrounds now?

  • As PHO restrictions continue to lift and we see a continued demand for camping in BC, we have taken time to carefully plan how to safely provide more camping in BC Parks.
  • Working closely with our park operators, we have repurposed several (not all) group campsites into new opportunities for the peak camping season.

What is different about these repurposed group campsites?

  • Unlike traditional large group campsite gatherings, this year – to ensure we keep safety as our top priority and responsibly manage park visitor levels – some, more limited, camping opportunities will be available in these ‘group’ facilities.
  • Starting June 29, and in the coming days and weeks, a select number of parks and campgrounds will offer one of two different opportunities:
    1. ‘extended family’ camping – each campsite will have a maximum capacity of 16 people at any one time. Standard group camping fees apply.
    2. ‘single party’ camping available in-park, for first-come-first-served visitors. These campsites have their own picnic table and fire ring, and users will be charged the standard per party frontcountry camping fee. Each campsite will accommodate only 1 camping party.

Will all these new camping opportunities be available for reservation?

  • No, only ‘extended family’ camping will be reservable on Discover Camping. Please see Family Camping (repurposed group campsites) Details for availability in a park/campground near you.
  • All new ‘single party’ campsites will be available in-park, on first-come, first-served basis.

How many people will the repurposed group campsites accommodate?

  • The maximum capacity for ‘extended family’ campsites is 16 people.
  • The maximum capacity for ‘single party’ campsites is 8 people.
  • In both cases, the maximum number includes people of all ages, at all times, including registered guests and daytime visitors as well.

Why can’t previous bookings for group campsites (that were cancelled) be reinstated?

  • Folks who had a group campsite reservation before December 31, 2020 were cancelled as part of BC Parks’ COVID-19 closures.
  • These users cannot be reinstated as group campsites are being repurposed with different site capacities this year.

What happens if I made a booking for next year already, before these rules changed?

  • Those who booked group campsites BEFORE June 29, 2020 for the period beginning January 2021 have been able to book group sites at their full capacity as our existing group sites were only cancelled until December 31, 2020 – people can book up to one year in advance.
  • As of June 29, 2020, all repurposed group sites will only be available in the new normal of “extended family’ camping opportunities on a one year rolling booking window.
  • Existing bookings for after January 2021 with the previous booking capacity will remain valid at the extra capacity, however new bookings made from June 18 onwards will be at the new capacity level restrictions.