BC Parks Response to COVID-19:
As of :
Welcome to another camping season in BC Parks. Every successful trip starts with a great plan. That plan is a little bit different again this year as we all do our best to stay healthy during COVID-19. See bcparks.ca/covid-19 for details.
This year, British Columbians have priority access to camping reservations for the entire summer season. Reservations can be made starting March 8 for arrival dates up to May 8, and can be booked up to two months in advance from there on. Find out when you can book at each park at bcparks.ca/operating dates/. Policy information can be found at bcparks.ca/covid-19/camping-2021. For those of you coming from out of province, reservations start July 8 for the remainder of the season.
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.
* Park advisories are updated during business hours, Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm, excluding statutory holidays.
Important News and Updates
- 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).
- July 22, 2020 B.C. introduces free day-use passes for six provincial parks
- To help people stay active and safe in six of B.C.’s most popular provincial parks, government is introducing a new, free day-use pass pilot program.
- July 18, 2020 Province expands opportunities to connect with nature on Parks Day
- Canada's Parks Day is a great time to celebrate the pride and passion British Columbians have for the province's parks system and the role parks play in people's health, the environment and economy.
- June 18, 2020 Peace Arch Provincial Park closed until further notice
- To address the unprecedented growth in visitors leading to public safety and traffic concerns in neighbouring communities, the British Columbia entry to Peace Arch Provincial Park will be temporarily closed.
- Discover Camping Frequently Asked Questions
- BC Parks Re–Opening Frequently Asked Questions
- Visitor Guide to Camping During COVID-19 – Fact Sheet
- Visitor Guide to Camping During COVID-19 – Brochure
- June 18, 2020 Family-friendly cycling trail network opens in Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
- Introducing a 2.3-kilometre multi-use trail network that will be maintained through a 10-year partnership agreement with the Arrowsmith Cycling Club.
- June 6, 2020 Funding available to support volunteer projects in BC Parks
- BC Parks is making $240,000 available this year for volunteer and other community-led projects that support conservation and recreation.
- May 25, 2020 Most campgrounds, recreation sites opening throughout the province
- The 2020 summer camping season has arrived, giving people in B.C. more opportunities to get outside and connect with nature as most provincial campgrounds and recreation sites open June 1, along with more parks for day-use activities.
- 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.
- March 24, 2020 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).
- March 20, 2020 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).