Outdoor trail closures

Outdoor trail closures

Everything is subject to change, so please check yourself from municipal, regional and provincial websites. We will try to keep this list up to date.


On 27 July, BC Parks introduced a free day pass system for six parks in order to reduce crowding. See http://bcparks.ca/reserve/day-use/. Early reviews generally consider the program to be less than perfect but it is a pilot project with bugs to iron out.

For clarification, these are the parks and areas which require day passes (note that permits and reservations are still required for backcountry and car camping and are handled separately).

Mount Seymour

  • Mountain trails including the actual Seymour peaks, Dog Mountain area, Brockton Point and Mystery Peak 
  • Mystery Lake is included but passes are not required for Goldie or Flower Lakes or lower trails.


  • Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs from Cypress Bowl
  • Howe Sound Crest Trail (including Bowen and St Mark’s Lookout) 
  • Hollyburn Peak
  • Passes are not required for Yew Lake, Old Growth Loop, Pumphouse Road, or Lower Hollyburn and Hollyburn Lodge area, West, Lost and Blue Gentian Lakes

Golden Ears 

  • East and West Canyon trailheads, including Gold Creek, Lower Falls, Alder Flats etc
  • Beach day use areas
  • Passes are not required for Mike Lake, Alouette Mountain, Evans Peak/Valley, Spirea trail etc, but expect heavy traffic on the access road

Stawamus Chief

  • Backside trail to summit


  • Elfin Lakes / Diamond Head area
  • Rubble Creek access which includes Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge 
  • Cheakamus Lake which includes Helm Creek 
  • Passes are not required for Singing Pass or Wedgemount Lake 

The sixth park is the Berg Lake trail at Mount Robson. As overnight campsites are reserved through the backcountry permits system, for day use this effectively means Kinney Lake.

Other popular provincial parks like Porteau Cove, Alice Lake, Chilliwack Lake and Manning are not included, at least not at this time.

Still closed: 

  • Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
  • Coquihalla Canyon (Othello/Quintette Tunnels)
  • Quarry Rock and Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver 

Reifel Bird Sanctuary is open by reservation https://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/planning.html

Lynn Headwaters and Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve were closed recently due to a bear incident but are re-opened. Please note that in late summer and autumn bear encounters are more likely so use caution even in frontcountry areas.

There are no other blanket closures or restrictions in other areas at this time, but that’s likely to change as the autumn season approaches.

Park outhouses are being well maintained but not providing hand sanitiser so bring your own. 

Please continue to use caution and discretion, observe social distancing, and have an alternate plan in mind. Use special caution where First Nations land and remote communities are involved. 

This is not a comprehensive list and things are still subject to change, so please keep checking. If you have questions, added news, or are looking for ideas, please email Bill Kinkaid

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