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 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: 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 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 Cove, Mount Seymour, Cypress Provincial Park, Chilliwack 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.