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.
June 8 Update
May 19 update
A number of parks and nature places are now opening up again, particularly several provincial parks. For the time being, I’m not going to update this list but will leave it to the reader to research and to use their own discretion.
Note that due to pent-up demand, any place that opens is going to be very busy at first so be patient and try and avoid jumping right in.
Travel outside your own community is still discouraged; how that is defined has been a matter of some debate but err on the side of caution if not sure. Please continue to practise social distancing and avoid carpooling.
Search and Rescue groups are very busy and short on personnel and on supplies. Don’t give them any more work.
We encourage everyone to go out and enjoy nature and fresh air but to use judgement. Only go in small groups and only to places where you can easily maintain 2 metres distance. Try and go when and where it isn’t as busy, and check to see whether where you want to go is open or has restrictions. If parking lots look busy, go elsewhere. Also consider that washrooms may be closed or short of supplies, so come prepared. Offering a smile and a friendly greeting to other trail uses can help reduce our sense of isolation, and reassure people that we see them as fellow nature lovers and not just a potential source of contagion.
Please don’t go far from home. Most smaller communities don’t have the resources to handle visitors from the city at this time, and while they normally welcome visitors this is not the time to visit. This especially includes Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton, Hope, Cultus Lake and Harrison Hot Springs.
Avoid ferry travel. Ferry service has been severely curtailed and they’re asking that space be saved for essential travel only. Transit service is also cut back and should be left for those who have no alternative.
Strenuous hikes, especially into backcountry areas, are strongly discouraged. Search and Rescue groups have their hands full at the best of times, and since many volunteers are also health care workers they’re extra stressed and at extra risk right now.
April 20 update
Deas Island, Boundary Bay, Lynn Headwaters and Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve are open but parking lots are closed.
The floating bridge at Sasamat Lake is open and one-way traffic is in place on the trail around the lake.
April 10 update
The parking lot for Maplewood Flats is closed
Deer Lake Park: parking lots are closed and one-way travel is in effect on paths
Barnet Marine Park: access is via the level crossing from the west end of the parking lot while the footbridge over the railway tracks is closed. West washroom building is open, all other facilities are closed.
Burnaby Mountain: trails are open but parking lots at Harry Jerome Sports Centre (velodrome) and Bike Skills Park are closed. Washrooms at Horizons Restaurant are closed.
April 9 update
Deas Island Regional Park is now fully CLOSED
Boundary Bay Regional Park is now fully CLOSED (Centennial Beach, Beach Grove Lagoon and Delta Heritage Air Park). You can use the dyke path from 17A Avenue to Mud Bay Park; there is limited parking at Mud Bay Park and the end of 64th and 72nd Streets.
The White Rock pier and promenade are closed
Parking lots and road access are now closed at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.
April 8 update
ALL BC PARKS are now closed until May 31. Provincial Recreation Sites with camping and other facilities are also closed.
Roads in Stanley Park (apart from the causeway to Lions Gate Bridge) are closed to motor vehicle traffic but open to cyclists. The Seawall is open to pedestrians only.
Also see new restrictions in North Vancouver.
BC Hydro recreation areas at Buntzen Lake and Hayward Lake are closed.
Metro Vancouver regional parks are open as of April 5 (including washrooms) with the following exceptions:
- The parking lots are closed and roads gated at Boundary Bay (Centennial Beach) and Deas Island
- Parking lot at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is closed
- Barnston Island park is closed and the ferry is taking essential service and local traffic only
- Brae Island is closed
- Minnekhada: the High Knoll and Low Knoll trails are closed
- Burnaby Lake: Piper Spit and the viewing platform are closed
- Belcarra: the floating bridge at Sasamat Lake is closed
- Iona: the Iona jetty has restrictions
- Capilano: the fish hatchery is closed
- Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve parking lot and road is closed
- In Vancouver, parking lots are closed at Stanley Park, Sunset Beach, Queen Elizabeth, English Bay, Locarno, Jericho and Kitsilano Beach. Some parks have open washrooms.
- West Vancouver: parking lots for Lighthouse Park, Whyte Lake and Whytecliff Park are closed.
- North Vancouver: Lynn Canyon suspension bridge is closed. Vehicle access to many parks and trailheads is limited, with new parking restrictions in place throughout the Braemar/Dempsey, Mountain Highway/Coleman, Hyannis/Berkley neighbourhoods and Anne MacDonald Way/Old Buck and Cates Park/Dollarton areas. There will also be local access only road closures in place in the Deep Cove and Indian River areas.
- All City of Burnaby parks are open but most washrooms are closed
- Richmond Nature Park is closed; one-way traffic is in effect at Garry Point
- White Rock Pier and promenade are closed
- Reifel Bird Sanctuary is closed
This is not a comprehensive list and things are changing daily (unfortunately more closures!) so please keep checking. If you have questions, added news, or are looking for ideas, please email Bill Kinkaid