Tetsa River, Andy Bailey parks reopen for camping

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality says it will open the Tetsa River and Andy Bailey parks for camping beginning May 14.

Camping will be by reservation only starting May 12, to maintain social distancing and other COVID-19 public health guidelines, the municipality said.

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Facilities including washrooms will be cleaned more frequently, while some facilities such as playgrounds and picnic shelters will remain closed, the municipality said.

Gatherings over 50 people are still prohibited.

Across B.C., 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.

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

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, including Liard Hot Springs, Muncho Lake, Pine Le Moray, and Stone Mountain.

Peace Island Park, operated by the District of Taylor, will not be open for the May long weekend. A reopening announcement will be made once the district and park staff have developed an operational safety plan.

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

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

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