Recreation area closures
COVID-19: Recreation area restrictions
We've taken a staged approach to safely reopening our recreation sites and campgrounds across the province after closing all sites in late March.
Many of our sites and facilities have been re-opened and overall visitor numbers are being closely monitored to ensure there is enough space for visitors to practice physical distancing.
Safety measures in place
We've implemented new safety measures including physical distancing signage, increased cleaning, limits on the amount of visitors and parking allowed, and reduced hours of operation at some of our most popular recreation sites.
If you're planning a visit to our recreation sites, we ask that you:
- Stay close to home and only visit recreation sites in your community.
- Follow physical distancing requirements outlined by the Public Health Officer.
- Bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes to practice safe hygiene.
- Stay home if you're sick.
Visitors need to take personal responsibility for their own safety, which includes washing hands or using hand sanitizer frequently and refraining from touching surfaces unnecessarily.
Visitors to Buntzen, Hayward and Stave Lake
To ensure the safety of visitors and staff at these popular sites, we’ve implemented measures to manage capacity and parking to ensure enough space to practice physical distancing, Visitors should be aware that the parking lot often reaches capacity prior to 10 a.m. and the gate is closed to vehicles.
Visitors are strongly advised to adhere to municipal parking bylaws and avoid parking along local roads, or risk having their vehicle ticketed or towed.
Current status of our recreation areas
The Buntzen Lake Trails and washrooms reopened on May 21 and the lake, beaches, dock, picnic areas and dog park reopened on June 6. We're prioritizing the safety of our visitors and have implemented new safety measures including physical distancing signage, one-way hiking trails, increased cleaning, and limits to the amount of visitors and parking allowed. Visitors can access trails from the east side of the lake, and we ask that you please follow posted signs. Please remember to stay close to home and only visit recreation areas in your community. If you plan to visit, please bring hand sanitizer and follow physical distancing requirements.
Hiking trail status
- Buntzen Lake Loop trail – counter clockwise
- Energy trail – one way trail system in place
- Diez Vistas Trail – accessed by a one-way trail system
- Lakeview Trail – runs north to south (accessed from the north)