Due to high visitor volumes resulting in crowding of facilities, packed parking lots and safety issues, you will now need to sign up online for day passes for some BC Parks.
Free Day Passes Required for Some BC Parks
As of July 27, 2020, new free day-use passes for six popular BC Parks are available for reservation through the “day-use passes” tab on the Discover Camping website as a part of a pilot project. These parks are:
- Cypress: Upper mountain trails including the Howe Sound Crest Trail, Hollyburn Mountain trails, and the Black Mountain Plateau trails.
- Garibaldi: Diamond Head (Elfin Lakes), Rubble Creek (Garibaldi Lake) and Cheakamus trailheads
- Golden Ears: South Beach Day-Use Parking Lot, Alouette Lake Boat Launch Parking, East and West Canyon Trailhead Parking Lot (including Lower Falls Trail).
- Mount Robson: Berg Lake Trail
- Mount Seymour: Upper mountain trails including the Seymour Main Trail, Mystery Lake Trail, and Dog Mountain Trail.
- Stawamus Chief: Chief Peaks Trail (also called the Backside Trail)
These environments do not easily allow for physical distancing and large numbers of visitors also have increased environmental impacts. The trail systems within these parks can become crowded at narrow pass points and view points which can lead to congestion and difficulties maintaining physical distancing.
The reservation/pass system opens up each morning at 6:00am and some are valid for a whole vehicle, others require each person in the vehicle to have a pass booked. Passes can only be booked on the day of arrival. Select from AM/PM or all day. Passes do not guarantee a parking spot – visitors should plan accordingly. Find more info here.