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Liard Hot Springs reopen May 1

Camping reservations now open; electric fence installed
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The Liard Hot Springs will reopen May 1 under new COVID-19 protocols.

The hot springs will open to the public along with the provincial park campground, and reservations are now open, BC Parks says.

Only a limited number of people will be allowed in the hot springs at one time, and visitors will need to sign up at the day-use gatehouse for a time slot to use the hot springs, BC Parks said.

Users will need to assess themselves for COVID symptoms, and follow physical distancing and health regulations while using the pools, change rooms and washrooms. Masks are not required, and hand sanitizers will be available at the pool facilities.

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The park, established in April 1957, was closed last spring at the outset of the pandemic. The first boardwalk and pool facilities were built by the American Army in 1942 during construction of the Alaska Highway.

BC Parks says Liard is also now the first provincial park to have an electric fence installed. An eight-foot tall fence surrounds the campground, day-use parking area, and staff compound.

"We will be keeping visitors and wildlife safe by reducing the amount of human-wildlife interactions at the park," BC Parks said.

B.C. residents have priority access to campsites until July 8.


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