(BC Forest Discovery Centre)

Great news for all train and history lovers!

Vancouver Island’s famed BC Forest Discovery Centre is set to open their doors this Friday, June 12 after being shuttered due to COVID-19.

The Centre outlined their reopening plans in a Facebook post yesterday morning, announcing how excited they were despite having to adjust to a “new normal”.

There will be new cleaning protocols implemented to help keep all visitors healthy, and they recommends everyone head over to their website for full safety plan details.

The new hours will be five days a week, Thursday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Centre will be opening select activities gradually throughout the month of June, as follows:

  • Friday, June 12th to Monday, June 15th
    • The grounds, main building, washrooms and the schoolhouse will be open. Bring your picnic lunches, games and enjoy the grounds. Admission will be $5.00.
  • Thursday, June 18th
    • The grounds, most major buildings and a limited concession will be open. Admission will be $5.00.
  • Thursday, June 25th
    • First train rides of the year with limited seating and proper social distancing will be available. Admission rates posted on their website.

Despite this, many large events the centre had planned will not go ahead this summer.

“Our summer special events – unfortunately, have been cancelled,” writes the centre on Facebook.

“The opening of our playground and our major Fall and Winter events are on hold pending government regulations.”