- Frequently Asked Questions
- Frontcountry Camping
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- Day-Use Pass Reservations
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Available 24 hrs/day at discovercamping.ca
($5 surcharge applies to transactions)
Toll free from Canada/USA: 1 800 689-9025
Other International: 1 778 309-1439
7 days/week, 7am – 7pm PT
(Open holidays except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1)
Day-Use Pass General Information
- Day-use passes can only be reserved online through Discover Camping and cannot be reserved through the call centre. By distributing passes through a single portal, we can ensure daily visitation numbers are manageable and create a safer, less crowded environment for park visitors.
- Please ensure you have set up a profile in the Discover Camping reservation service prior to the day that you hope to secure a pass.
- Passes will be unavailable between midnight and 6:00 am.
- Passes cannot be transferred to another date, time, or location and your pass cannot be shared beyond the group reserved.
- Mobile network connectivity at the park may be limited; make sure to print out or download the pass on your mobile device in advance of your visit. A copy of the pass must be carried at all times while within the park.
- If you don’t have internet access, have a friend, a neighbour, or someone else in your hiking party help you obtain a pass.
- Day-use passes do not guarantee a parking spot – visitors should plan accordingly.
- Always travel within your ability, prepare for your trip and follow in-park signage.
Why is this being implemented?
- Some of our most popular parks regularly experience high visitor volumes, resulting in crowding of facilities, packed parking lots, and safety issues.
- Of particular concern in the parks where vehicle passes are being implemented, is the high volume of cars resulting in heavy traffic around the park. This contributes to safety issues and can result in delays to critical services like search and rescue.
- The safety and health of visitors and staff is our priority and reservations allow us to open some of the high-use parks while maintaining visitor levels to prevent crowding on trails, ensuring visitors have an enjoyable experience, and allow for proper physical distancing.
What happens if I can’t get a pass?
- If all passes have been issued for the day, you will need to wait until the next day to get a pass.
What if a trail in a park where day-use reservations are required isn’t listed?
- For some parks, a day-use pass isn’t required for all trails. If the park is open and the trail or trailhead isn’t listed, you do not need to reserve a day pass. Check the park webpages for details on where you need a day-use pass.
Park Trails where a pass is not required*
Yew Lake trail, Four Lakes Loop – Cypress Day-Use Trail Map
Wedgemount Trail, Singing Pass Trail
Mount Fitzwilliam Trail, Overlander Falls Trail, Lookout Trail
Baden-Powell Trail, Old Buck Trail, Flower and Goldie Trails – Mt Seymour Day-Use Trail Map
Apron Connector Trail
Mike Lake Trail and Spirea Trail
*This list is not exhaustive, so please check out the specific park webpage for details.
Why are passes only available for same day reservations?
- The primary purpose of these passes is to help ensure that visitors and staff remain safe and healthy and can maintain physical distancing while visiting parks.
- The day-use passes are also intended to help people plan for the day knowing that they can visit their park of choice, rather than driving to the park and – being turned away due to crowding.
- The passes are not intended to provide people with vacation or significant trip planning abilities.
- Passes do not guarantee a parking spot – visitors should plan accordingly.
Can I use my day pass on another day if I can’t use if for the day I reserve?
What if I can’t end up using my pass, can I show up another day to use it?
- No, passes are date restricted and cannot be used on any day other than the date it has been provided for.
Can I give my pass to someone else to use if I can’t?
- No, passes are restricted only to those whose name is on the pass.
What is the difference between a vehicle pass and a trail pass?
- A vehicle pass covers all the occupants of a vehicle (up to 8 occupants) whereas the trail pass covers only a single person.
- Passes are specific to the park/area and each park offers different pass types.
If we are a family of four, do we need four passes?
- For parks with vehicle-based passes, you can have up to eight people per vehicle pass.
- If the park requires individual permits then yes, each person in the family requires their own pass. A person can book up to eight trail passes under one booking. For a family of four, one person can book all four trail passes for the day.
What about parking?
If I have a day-use pass and a vehicle pass, does this guarantee me a parking spot?
- No, passes do not come with an assigned or the guarantee of a parking spot.
- We are expecting high visitor volumes in the parks where Day-Use Passes will be required as we re-open these areas.
- If you arrive to find the parking lot is full, you could try another trailhead (often, our parks have multiple access points), or try another park close to home. Otherwise, if parking cannot be found, you may have to reschedule your visit for another day or another time.
- As always, parking along roadways and highways is not permitted.
What is the difference between an AM or PM pass and an All Day pass?
- An AM or PM pass refers to the time of arrival. Visitors to a park with an AM or PM pass option have to choose to arrive either before 1pm for the AM pass or after 1pm for the PM pass. Note that for Golden Ears Park, the passes are divided into arrival before 3PM (called an “AM pass”) and after 3PM (a “PM pass”).
- When a park has an “All-Day pass” visitors with a pass can arrive at any time throughout the day.
- Arrival time does not determine the departure time. Visitors can leave at any time throughout the day.
Why the 6 am reservation open time? I will be on the road by then.
- BC Parks worked with its online service provider to give people as much time as possible to plan and reserve their passes. We recognize 6 am will be a tight turnaround for some people.
- This is a pilot program and if the feedback we receive is that the reservation times don’t work for a significant number of people, BC Parks will address that concern prior to a full launch of the program.
How have you ensured that the Discover Camping website is prepared to handle web traffic related to opening day-use reservations?
- The volume associated with the launch of the day-use system is limited to 6 parks, with only same day reservations available. Volume is anticipated to be significantly lower than on May 25 when reservations across all BC Parks campgrounds were made available for booking.
What are you doing to prevent secondary sellers and bots from monopolizing all the reservations when they come available?
- Park visitors are required to have a Discover Camping account to obtain a day-use permit – there is no option to “check out” as a guest.
- Each Discover Camping account is limited as to the number of day-use permit transactions they can make in a day. A single individual can only book up to 8 trail passes per day.
How did you determine how many passes to make available?
- These numbers vary by park and were calculated to allow for those with camping passes as well as the carrying capacity of the parking lots and the trails.
- One of the many things we consider when managing our parks is carrying capacity, which is determined by the maximum number of people that can use an area while still maintaining other values, such as ecological, cultural and positive visitor experience.
What if non-day-use pass trails intersect with those requiring passes? What happens if People hiking on one trail that does not require a pass but need to access it through a trail that requires a pass?
- Folks in the backcountry on multi-day trips who require brief access to a trail requiring a pass as part of their journey will not require a pass. Similar Issues will be managed with staff using discretion and focusing primarily on visitor education.
How long are passes in effect?
- These new passes will be available during peak season.
- Given that this is a pilot project, this program will be in place until further notice and seasonal updates will be provided in the fall.
When will the rest of the parks open?
- A number of parks and protected areas remain closed near vulnerable and remote communities or those that might experience very high visitor numbers.
- These will only reopen when it is safe to do so, taking into consideration the safety of the visitors and staff, impact on nearby communities, and protection of the environment.
- Some parks may remain closed.
What are the penalties if you are caught on a trail without a pass?
- Under the Park Act, the potential penalties are $115, however the focus for this pilot will be on education and helping users adjust to the new requirements.
Are out of province visitors able to reserve day-use passes?
- As we reopen our higher use parks for day-use, we continue to respect the guidance that we are not yet at that time when long summer trips are recommended and have asked non-residents to stay local and avoid travelling to BC.
- In keeping with this direction and in order to provide priority access to British Columbians in a year when few travel opportunities exist and camping is in high demand, we continue to ask non-residents to visit BC Parks another time.
- To make it easier for BC residents to access their parks, we requested that non-residents voluntarily cancel any reservations made prior to the system closure, with the vast majority doing so.