5 BC Parks to Explore in the Lower Mainland

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Welcome to Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan! Starting today, carefully and cautiously, some services will begin to open up again the province. As of May 14th, BC Parks re-opened for day use. While everyone is still encouraged to stay within their own community, I have selected 5 BC Parks to explore in the Lower Mainland where you can enjoy few faces and big spaces.

5 BC Parks to Explore in the Lower Mainland

Camping is not permitted, some facilities and services may not be operational.

Cultus Lake British Columbia

Cultus Lake Provincial Park: Open for day-use only, playgrounds are closed. Cultus Lake Provincial Park is characterized by a large, warm freshwater lake and scenic forest-clad mountains. Due to a storm early in 2020, avoid Maple Bay Day-Use Area and Delta Grove.

Peace Arch Provincial Park: Open for day-use only. Its location straddles the 49th parallel, with its planning and development done in conjunction with Washington State Parks. 

Sasquatch Provincial Park

Sasquatch Provincial Park: Green Bay day use area is open, all other day use areas closed. Located north of Harrison Hot Springs, Sasquatch Provincial Park is characterized by a series of pocket lakes, a unique second-growth and birch forest, and scenic mountain ridges.

Stawamus Chief Provincial Park and Protected Area: Stawamus Chief Park is open for day use including climbing, however the main Chief Trail (Backside Trail) is closed. Stawamus Chief Provincial Park protects the 700-metre massive granite cliffs that stand at the southern entrance to Squamish on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway.

Golden Ears

Golden Ears Provincial Park: Open for day-use only. Playgrounds are closed. One of the largest parks in the province, with an extensive system of trails through a coastal western Hemlock forest with rugged mountainous backcountry.

On the South Coast, parks such as Porteau CoveMount Seymour, Cypress Provincial ParkChilliwack Lake, and Shannon Falls do not yet have a re-open date posted. You can check a park’s status online here to see if it has a projected opening date or note.

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