Last updated: 2021-04-01
The health and safety of our families, communities, and clients is a top priority. We all need to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our guided trips and workshops will follow the provincial and federal health authority directives.
We have implemented our Operational Guidelines and Safety Plan for COVID-19.
We look forward to sharing the trails with you in 2021. Stay safe!
For Questions & Assistance
For the quickest response, please email [email protected]. We will get back to you as soon as possible and we appreciate your patience during this busy time.
For up-to-date and accurate information on COVID-19 visit:
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Island Health
- Parks Canada
- BC Parks
- Johns Hopkins Case Map
- Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
Updated Mar 31, 2021
Stronger province-wide restrictions
Between March 29 at 11:59 pm and April 19 at 11:59 pm the PHO is strengthening province-wide restrictions:
- The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13 is suspended
- Indoor low intensity group exercise classes are cancelled
- Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed
- Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is closed
In addition to the orders, the PHO strongly recommends:
- Working from home whenever possible, unless it is essential to be in the workplace
- Keeping your child home from school if they feel sick or have any sign of illness
- Getting testing immediately if you or anyone in your family feels sick
- Avoiding all non-essential travel
At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. For example:
- Do not travel for a vacation
- Do not travel to visit friends or family outside of your household or core bubble
Travel for essential reasons
Individual circumstances may affect whether a trip is considered essential or non-essential. Essential travel within B.C. includes:
- Regular travel for work within your region
- Travel for things like medical appointments and hospital visits
For example, if you live in Vancouver and work in Surrey you can continue to commute.
If you need to travel for essential reasons, take the same health and safety precautions you do at home.
- Wash your hands often
- Practice safe distancing, 2 m
- Travel only with yourself, household or core bubble
- Stick to the outdoors whenever possible
- Clean spaces often
- Wear a mask in indoor spaces
First Nations communities
Many First Nations have declared a state of emergency for their communities and enacted COVID-19 community protection by-laws including travel bans for non-residents and non-essential visitors. It is important to respect these restrictions in addition to the province-wide travel advisory.
Whistler Blackcomb closure
The Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is closed until April 19 at 11:59 pm.
Coming from outside of B.C.
At this time, people travelling to B.C. from another province or territory within Canada should only come for essential reasons. If you do travel, you are expected to follow the same travel guidelines as everyone else in B.C.
COVID-19 and your visit to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Updated Mar 25, 2020
Important information about your visit to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
UPDATE: All non-essential travel into and out of B.C., and between regions of the province, should be avoided until further notice. For more information on travel guidance for this BC Provincial Health Order (November 19, 2020).
Non-medical masks or face coverings are required for everyone when visiting indoor public spaces at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve including washrooms.
Please understand that the current COVID-19 situation remains fluid, with government regulations and health guidelines changing rapidly.The health and safety of our employees, our partners, our visitors, and all Canadians is of the highest priority for Parks Canada. The Agency is following the advice of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. Only places and activities where health and safety risks to employees and visitors can be mitigated will be available for visitation. The visitor experience will be different than it has been in the past as we adapt to COVID-19.
Please check below for specific information on what is open and what is closed in the Long Beach Unit, Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail.
Remember to follow public health authority guidance and advice for your area, including travel advisories. Most importantly, stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with the virus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
- Parks Canada continues to monitor and adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Reservations for the 2021 visitor season will open in April 2021, as opposed to January, to allow additional time to monitor the pandemic and make any necessary changes to the campsites and experiences that can be reserved for the 2021 visitor season. This will also allow visitors to make their reservations closer to the date of travel and with more information to help plan their visit.
- The West Coast Trail will be open to overnight visitors from June 4 to September 30 in 2021.
BC Parks Response to COVID-19
Updated February 24, 2021
Opening Dates and Policies for the 2021 Camping Season
Our park operators and staff have been preparing for visitors and are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our campgrounds for the 2021 camping season. However, it is still not quite business as usual. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to require BC Parks to adapt its policy and operational decisions.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, British Columbians will be provided with priority access to camping reservations. Starting July 8, 2021, non-residents of BC will be permitted to make reservations for any remaining arrival dates in the season for other parks, pending travel restrictions. For the purpose of accessing priority reservations, a BC resident is someone who resides in BC. Visitors will need to confirm they are a BC resident before booking a campsite.
PHO guidelines for gatherings may change between the time of booking and a scheduled arrival date. Camping parties MUST meet current PHO guidelines for gatherings, even if those group numbers are less than the maximum site allowance.
We appreciate your ongoing cooperation as we work to keep our staff, park operators, and visitors safe. Together we can stay safe and keep our parks open.
Reference: BC Parks Response to COVID-19 – BC Parks