- BC Parks Response to COVID-19 ▼
As of :
As of July 1st, groupsites will be returning to normal occupancy levels and those with existing reservations are able to add more campers to a reservation upon arrival in-park.
With the shift into Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan, many group picnic shelters will begin to reopen. Reservable picnic shelters can be booked through Discover Camping starting July 9th.
As of June 23, 2021, free day-use passes are required to visit five of our busiest parks: Garibaldi, Golden Ears, Joffre Lakes, Mount Robson and Stawamus Chief.
The opening of groupsite reservations for 2022 has been postponed until further notice due to the evolving nature of COVID-19. BC Parks will provide advance notice before reservations become available.
We want to see you back at your favourite park, but mostly we want you to have a safe and healthy summer, so plan ahead to make the most of it.
* Non-urgent park advisories are updated during business hours, Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm, excluding statutory holidays.
Important News and Updates
- July 12, 2021 Province acquires land to expand seven parks, one protected area
Rare grasslands in the Okanagan, a heritage river in the Cowichan Valley and the largest freshwater marsh in southwestern B.C. are among the unique ecosystems to gain more protection through planned expansions to B.C.’s parks and protected areas system.
The Province has acquired more than 229 hectares of land intended to be added to seven provincial parks and one protected area.
- June 29, 2021 Campfires prohibited in British Columbia
- Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the province of British Columbia.
- June 15, 2021 BC Parks pilots plans for managing, promoting access to nature
Better protection for the environment and new, expanded measures for British Columbians to access nature are coming to BC Parks this summer.
To address the surge in visitors in five of the province’s most popular parks, new and revised initiatives are being introduced this season as part of the continued free day-use pass pilot program.
- June 4, 2021 Making BC Parks more welcoming, accessible
- "Everyone is welcome in nature" is a message that carries the spirit of a renewed commitment by BC Parks to make outdoor recreation more accessible and inclusive.
- June 1, 2021 From trails to toads, volunteers strengthen BC Parks
- Rachel Shephard and the Freeze family are among the hundreds of groups and individuals who donate their time and energy to stewardship of the province’s 1,036 parks and protected areas. BC Parks values the contributions made by volunteers and recognizes those who go above and beyond through its biannual achievement awards.
- May 7, 2021 BC Parks licence plate sales help protect, preserve nature
- Through partnerships with community groups and First Nations, more than 275 projects related to conservation, community engagement and education, and Indigenous relations have been supported by the BC Parks Licence Plate Program, which has now surpassed 250,000 specialty licence plate sales.
- April 16, 2021 Greater access to nature for a healthier, brighter future
- People in British Columbia are visiting BC Parks in ever-increasing numbers, and the Province is increasing its investment to promote access and protect nature in some of the most beautiful places on the planet.
- April 8, 2021 Tahltan land to be protected in partnership with conservation organizations, industry and Province
- A new conservancy to protect the environment and wildlife on Tahltan territory has been created in an area of northwestern B.C., historically known as the Ice Mountain Lands, adjacent to Mount Edziza Provincial Park.
- March 30, 2021 Restoration of historic Nanaimo coal mine structure completed
- A piece of Vancouver Island's coal mining history has been brought back to life at Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park.
- March 5, 2021 Joffre Lakes Provincial Park visitor strategy open for public comment
- British Columbians are invited to share their feedback on a proposed strategy aimed at managing the growing number of visitors at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park and protecting its natural and cultural features.
- February 24, 2021 2021 camping season reservations opening for BC residents
- The official start of the 2021 camping season is still a few months away, but people living in BC can soon begin reserving campsites in provincial parks to help plan trips close to home.
- February 12, 2021 New conservancy recognizes cultural significance to First Nations
- The people of Halfway River First Nation now have more certainty around teaching traditional practices and passing along knowledge to the next generation following the establishment of a new conservancy in northeastern British Columbia.
- January 22, 2021 BC Parks projects support economic recovery
Taking care of provincial parks while creating jobs and safeguarding nature is at the heart of a new investment supporting economic recovery for people in British Columbia.
A $5-million investment in projects spanning 24 provincial parks is another StrongerBC economic recovery initiative promoting wellness and employment.
- January 21, 2021 We are hiring seasonal Park Rangers and Student Rangers!
- Come join the BC Parks team! Postions are now available for seasonal Park Rangers and Senior Park Rangers (competitions close January 31, 2021), as well as Student Rangers (competitions close February 21, 2021) around the province.
- January 13, 2021 Province acquires land for 16 provincial parks, two protected areas
As more people are experiencing the benefits of outdoor recreation than ever before, there will be more opportunities to get outside through a proposed expansion to B.C.’s park system.
To protect ecologically sensitive areas and enhance outdoor recreation, the Province has acquired more than 650 hectares of land intended to be added to 16 provincial parks and two protected areas
- December 12, 2020 Young people gaining valuable experience through employment program
- Growing up in a small First Nations community in the Yukon, Kayla Williams’ grandmother encouraged her to go to university and pursue a career protecting wildlife and the environment.
- August 5, 2020 Program offers young people work experience with BC Parks, COS
- Young people interested in environmental management and conservation will have opportunities to gain experience, skills and training through a new government program that offers employment with BC Parks and the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS).