BC Parks re-open May 14

Most provincial parks will open for day use only on May 14 and most campgrounds and backcountry camping will open on June 1.

The Discover Camping reservation system will be back online on May 25 at 7 a.m. PT to accept camping reservations.

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Front and backcountry trails, as well as beaches, picnic areas, washroom facilities, and boat launches will also open for day-use.

"We’ll do everything we can to ensure parks are safe, but visitors are reminded they are responsible for their own safety and to practice physical distancing by giving extra space when passing people on trails and in parking lots and practicing appropriate hygiene," BC Parks said in a statement.

"In keeping with public health guidelines around non-essential travel, people are urged to only visit a park close to their home and avoid travelling to small communities."

In the northeast, those parks open for day use will include Beatton, Bijoux Falls, Charlie Lake, Kiskatinaw River, Moberly Lake, One Island Lake, Sikanni Chief Falls, Sukunka Falls, and Swan Lake.

Some parks will remain closed at this time, including Liard Hot Springs, Muncho Lake, Pine Le Moray, and Stone Mountain.

"Parks that attract large crowds will remain closed until it is safe to reopen at a later date," BC Parks said. "Backcountry campgrounds in some parks with high day use will also remain closed."

Even though parks and campgrounds are expected to reopen, Premier John Horgan urged British Columbians not to travel too far from home to visit them.

"Some BC Parks will be open in time for the Victoria long weekend," Horgan said. "Let's enjoy that, but let's stay close to home. This is not the time for a road trip to another community for a hike or a holiday. If you have a provincial park in your area, by all means visit. Do not travel great distances."

For a list of parks with day-use opportunities that will re-open on May 14, click here.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

[Reader's Note: Article corrects that the Kiskatinaw River Provincial Park will be open for day use, not the Kiskatinaw Provincial Park.]

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