BC Parks COVID-19 Resources

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BC Parks News Releases

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).

2021 Camping Season Policies

The policies listed here apply for 2021. Unless specified below, all other standard Reservations Policies are still in effect.

 
Provincial COVID-19 Restrictions
Out of Province Visitors to BC Parks
  • From July 1, 2021, British Columbia will begin welcoming visitors from outside of British Columbia.
  • Starting July 8, 2021, non-residents will be permitted to make camping reservations for any remaining arrival dates in the season.
  • All visitors are required to adhere to current provincial restrictions.
Reservations Available starting March 8, 2021, on a 2-Month Rolling Window
  • Customers can start making reservations on March 8, 2021, at 7AM PT. Reservations are available on a two-month rolling window daily, thereafter. Campsite availability is updated daily at 7AM PT.
  • You can book up to 14 consecutive nights at once in most parks, so long as the arrival date falls with in the two month window.
  • Operating dates and reservable dates for each campground are available on our Campground Operating Dates page or on individual park webpages.
  • Customers are responsible for reading and understanding BC Parks’ Reservation Policies (including change/cancellation policies) before making a reservation. These policies will be strictly enforced for the 2021 camping season.  
Berg Lake Trail and the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit
  • Berg Lake Trail and Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit reservations are available beginning March 1, 2021, at 7AM PT, for the entire 2021 season.
Single Campsite Policy
  • Maximum camping party size for single (or “standard”) campsites remains unchanged for the 2021 season.
  • A single camping party is permitted 8 individuals total, including a maximum of 4 adults aged 16 or older. See our Camping Party Definition for details.
  • Provincial restrictions for gatherings may change between the time of booking and a scheduled arrival date. Camping parties MUST meet current provincial restrictions for gatherings, even if gathering limits are less than the maximum camping party size. Park operators will be monitoring for compliance. If you hold a reservation that conflicts with current PHO guidelines, we ask that you make necessary changes to your reservation or cancel.
  • We ask visitors to continue to follow provincial restrictions and practice physical distancing by limiting your camping party to your family/ household/core bubble only.
Double Site Policy
  • Double sites are required to be booked in full by one reservation holder for the 2021 season.
  • Double sites are permitted the standard maximum camping party size of 16 individuals total, including a maximum of 8 adults. See our Camping Party Definition for details.
  • Provincial restrictions for gatherings may change between the time of booking and a scheduled arrival date. Camping parties MUST meet current provincial restrictions for gatherings, even if gathering limits are less than the maximum camping party size. Park operators will be monitoring for compliance. If you hold a reservation that conflicts with current provincial restrictions, we ask that you make necessary changes to your reservation or cancel.
  • Two vehicles are permitted on a double site without an extra fee.
  • We ask visitors to continue to follow provincial restrictions and practice physical distancing by limiting your camping party to your family/ household/core bubble only.
Groupsites
  • Some normally reservable BC Parks groupsites have been repurposed for First Come First Served camping. These sites will remain as such for the remainder of the 2021 season.
  • As of July 1st, 2021, BC Parks is returning to normal occupancy limits for group campsites. See Groupsite Maximum Capacities [PDF] for more information.
  • Groupsite reservation holders arriving from July 1st onward are welcome to bring more guests. Modifications to party size will only be accepted in-park and cannot be processed online or via the call centre. Please note, additional fees will be applicable and payable to the park operator upon arrival in-park. For more information on adding guests and additional charges, see the Groupsite Maximum Capacities [PDF].
  • Minimum fee for group sites applies regardless of the actual number of people in your party.
  • Provincial restrictions for gatherings may change between the time of booking and a scheduled arrival date. Group camping parties MUST meet current provincial restrictions for gatherings, even if gathering limits are less than the maximum camping party size. Park operators will be monitoring for compliance.
  • If your group does not think they will be able to adhere to the current provincial restrictions, BC Parks requests that you make necessary changes to or cancel your reservation. Should you wish to cancel your group site reservation, we ask that you be proactive and cancel at least 28 days before arrival to receive a full refund of camping fees. See Group Camping Reservation Policies for cancellation policy details.
  • 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.
Social Services Camping Fee Exemption Policy
  • Social Services Camping Fee Exemption (SSCFE) is still available for qualified recipients.
  • All individuals eligible for a SSCFE discount are entitled to 1 campsite/night for their (one) camping party. Standard fees apply if your party exceeds the amount or you occupy more than more site.
  • For the 2021 season, double sites are required to be booked in full. Double sites consist of two single sites and, as a result, the SSCFE discount will be applied to one half of the full double site cost. This translates to a 50% discount on the double site fee for SSCFE visitors. Because a double site must be booked as one, only one discount will apply, even if there is more than one eligible recipient in your camping party.
  • See Social Services Camping Fee Exemption for more details
BC Senior Camping Discount
  • From the day after Labour Day to June 14 annually, BC residents 65 years of age or older are eligible for a senior discount on their camping fees.
  • Eligible seniors can receive a 50% discount on a single campsite per night for their (one) camping party. Standard fees apply if your party exceeds the amount, you occupy more than one site, or your reservation is not during the eligible dates.
  • For the 2021 season, double sites are required to be booked in full. Double sites consist of two single sites and, as a result, the BC Senior discount will be applied to one half of the full double site cost.  This translates to a 25% discount on the double site fee. Because a double site must be booked as one, only one discount will apply, even if there is more than one eligible BC Senior in your camping party.
  • See Frontcountry Camping Fees for BC Seniors for more details
Day Use Facilities – Picnic Shelters and Halls
  • With the Province moving into Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, many day use picnic shelters will be re-opening, with increased cleaning and sanitation measures in place.
  • Beginning July 9th, day use picnic shelters will be reservable up to two months in advance via Discover Camping.
  • For information on picnic shelter capacities, and to ensure your group is in compliance with the allowable maximums:
Reservation Changes, Cancellations and Refunds
  • The provincial travel order issued on April 23, 2021, prohibits people from leaving their Health Authority Regions (some are combined for the purposes of this order), or visiting from out of province, for non-essential reasons. If you need to cancel your reservation due to the provincial travel order, you can receive a full refund.
  • Otherwise, standard change/cancellation policies are in effect for the 2021 season, and visitors must agree to these policies at the time of booking. BC Parks provides full refunds of camping fees when cancelling far enough in advance. See our Reservation Policies for change/cancellations polices for your reservation type.
  • If you need to cancel a reservation due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, documentation must be provided when submitting a refund request under medical grounds.

2021 Camping FAQs