(BC Parks)

It’s been a month since BC Parks closed all provincial parks in British Columbia, and those who are missing the great outdoors can’t wait to start exploring them again.

B.C. Premier John Horgan made the long awaited announcement on Wednesday to partially reopen some provincial parks, coinciding with the provincial government releasing a new set of guidelines and implementation details for a re-opening plan.

The overall plan includes increasing social interactions and restarting some economic activity in a safe manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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


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

“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. Some parks will remain closed at this time.”

Vancouver Island provincial parks reopening on May 14th:

You can double check reopening dates for these and other provincial parks across B.C. by looking it up here.