Recreation area closures
COVID-19: Recreation area restrictions
Our recreation areas closed in late March due to a high concentration of visitors and the need to adhere to the provincial health order on large gatherings due to COVID-19. We're now taking a staged approach to safely reopening our recreation sites and campgrounds across the province.
We've begun reopening day-use recreation sites and facilities that allow for physical distancing. Some recreation sites and campgrounds that attract larger crowds remain closed for the time being.
New safety measures in place
We're implementing new safety measures including physical distancing signage, increased cleaning, limits to the amount of visitors and parking allowed, and reduced hours of operation at some of our most popular recreation sites.
If planning a visit to our recreation sites, we're asking you to:
- 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.
Current status of our recreation areas
|Alexander Mackenzie's Landing boat launch||OPEN||Opened May 15|
|Alexander Mackenzie's Landing campground||OPEN||Opened June 1|
|Peace Canyon Dam Viewing Area||CLOSED|
|WAC Bennett Dam Visitor Centre||CLOSED|
|Arrow Lakes Reservoir||CLOSED|
|Gun Creek Campground||CLOSED|
|Naxwit Picnic Area||CLOSED|
|Seton Lake Reservoir||OPEN||Open with reduced hours|
|Pend d'Oreille boat launch||OPEN||Opened May 22|
|Pend d'Oreille campground||OPEN||Opened June 1|
|Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre||CLOSED|
|Shuswap River||OPEN||Opened June 1|
|Sugar Lake Dam Viewpoint||CLOSED|
|Buntzen Lake||OPEN||Open June 6 with restrictions|
|Buntzen Lake Trails||OPEN||Opened May 21 with restrictions|
|Hayward Lake Reservoir||OPEN||Opened May 30|
|Jones Lake Reservoir||OPEN||Day use areas, boat access areas and Jones Lake West Campground opened June 1. The Jones Lake Main Campground will open by June 5.|
|Ruskin Dam||OPEN||Opened May 30|
|Stave Lake Reservoir||OPEN||Opened June 1|
|Powerhouse at Stave Falls||CLOSED|
|Stave Lake Reservoir Boat Launch||OPEN||Opened June 1|
|Stave Lake Lodge and Campsite||CLOSED|
|John Hart||OPEN||Opened May 14|
|Puntledge River||OPEN||Opened May 16|
|Strathcona Dam||OPEN||Opening June 1 with restrictions|
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)