BC Parks COVID-19 Resources

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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).

2021 Camping Season Policies

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

 
Non-residents and Priority Access to Reservations for British Columbians
  • British Columbians will be provided with priority access to camping. Starting July 8, 2021, non-residents will be permitted to make reservations for any remaining arrival dates in the season.
  • For the purpose of accessing priority reservations, a BC resident is someone who resides in BC. Visitors will need to confirm they are a BC resident before booking a campsite.
  • As travel orders permit, non-residents are allowed to visit BC Parks for day use and first-come, first-served camping. Everyone is required to adhere to PHO guidelines of the day.
  • We ask that everyone continue to be respectful and patient with one another as there are many different reasons why visitors who appear to be from out-of-province may be visiting BC Parks. In some cases, they may in fact be BC residents.
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, allowing campers to make booking decisions closer to their planned arrival dates.
  • On March 8, 2021, campers can initially make reservations with arrival dates up to May 8, 2021; on March 9, reservations with arrival dates up to May 9, etc. You can book up to 14 consecutive nights at once, 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 will be available beginning March 1, 2021, at 7AM PT, for the entire 2021 season.
Single Campsite Policy
  • Capacity limits 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.
  • The 8-person maximum includes daytime visitors.
  • PHO guidelines for gatherings may change between the time of booking and a scheduled arrival date. Camping parties MUST meet current PHO guidelines for gatherings, even if those numbers are less than the maximum site allowance. Park operators will be monitoring for compliance.
  • We ask visitors to continue to follow PHO guidelines and practice physical distancing by limiting your camping party to your family/ household/core bubble only.
Double Site Policy
  • Double sites will continue to be required to be booked in full by one reservation holder for the 2021 season.
  • Double sites will revert to the standard allowance 16 individuals total, including a maximum of 8 adults. See our Camping Party Definition for details.
  • The 16-person maximum includes daytime visitors.
  • PHO guidelines for gatherings may change between the time of booking and a scheduled arrival date. Camping parties MUST meet current PHO guidelines for gatherings, even if those numbers are less than the maximum site allowance. Park operators will be monitoring for compliance.
  • Two vehicles are permitted on a double site without an extra fee.
  • We ask visitors to continue to follow PHO guidelines and practice physical distancing by limiting your camping party to your family/ household/core bubble only.
Groupsite/Family Camping
  • Group sites will continue to provide family camping opportunities for those who may want a larger campsite for their larger families.
  • The occupancy limit remains at 16 individuals (in any combination of adults and children), including daytime visitors.
  • Group sites can still be reserved a year in advance.
  • PHO guidelines for gatherings may change between the time of booking and a scheduled arrival date. Group camping parties MUST meet current PHO guidelines for gatherings, even if those numbers are less than the maximum site allowance. Park operators will be monitoring for compliance.
  • If a group does not think they will be able to adhere to the current PHO guidelines, BC Parks requests that visitors cancel their reservation. Should you wish to cancel your group site reservation, we ask that you be proactive and make sure to cancel at least 28 days before arrival to receive a full refund of camping fees. See Group Camping Reservation Policies for cancellation policy details.
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
Day Use Facilities – Picnic Shelters and Halls
  • In order to meet PHO guidelines, reservations for day use facilities, including picnic shelters and halls, remain closed for the 2021 season.
PHO Guidelines
  • All reservation holders arriving in parks are required to adhere to the current PHO orders, even if they have changed since the time of booking.
  • Park operators will be monitoring for compliance with all restrictions across all of our parks.
  • Visitor guides are available to help you keep yourself and other campers safe

    Visitor Guide to Camping During COVID-19 – Fact Sheet
    Visitor Guide to Camping During COVID-19 – Brochure

  • If visitors do not think they will be able to adhere to the current PHO orders, BC Parks requests that visitors cancel their reservation.
Reservation Changes, Cancellations and Refunds
  • Our 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.
  • Requests for exceptions to BC Parks refund policies based on changing PHO guidelines will not be permitted unless a medical note is provided. See our Refund Guidelines for more details.

2021 Camping FAQs