Due to some British Columbians ignoring the requests for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Parks is closing a number of provincial parks.

Of the 18 parks that are closing, five of them are near Squamish, including Shannon Falls Provincial Park and Stawamus Chief Provincial Park

These temporary preventative measures include services being suspended at marine parks, visitor centres, nature houses, playgrounds, washrooms and day-use facilities.

All campgrounds, camping opportunities and accommodations are now closed until April 30 at the earliest.

Full refunds will automatically go to those who have reservations during the pandemic, but because of the volume of cancellations, it will take seven to ten days to process those refunds.

The Discovery Camping reservation system is suspended for all new reservations.

A link to more information is available here.

Partial Closure:

Alice Lake Provincial Park – 13 km north of Squamish

Flores Island Provincial Park – north of Tofino

Gibson Marine Provincial Park – north of Tofino on the shores of Clayoquot Sound

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park – east side of the Saanich Inlet

Porteau Cove Provincial Park – 20 kms south of Squamish

Full Closure:

French Beach Provincial Park – 20 kms west of Sooke

Goldstream Provincial Park – 16 kms north of downtown Victoria

Juan de Fuca Provincial Park – southern Vancouver Island

LAU, WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park – southern Vancouver Island

Maquinna Marine Provincial Park – northwestern part of Clayoquot Sound

Spectacle Lake Provicial Park – 30 kms north of Victoria (near Mill Bay)

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park – east of Pemberton

Murrin Provincial Park – 9 km south of Squamish

Shannon Falls Provincial Park – 2 km south of Squamish

Stawamus Chief Provincial Park – directly adjacent to Shannon Falls Provincial Park

Day-use Services and Facilities available:

Miracle Beach Provincial Park – 22 km north of Courtenay

Mount Seymour Provincial Park

Cypress Provincial Park

Wells Gray Provincial Park