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

Northern region Status Details
Alexander Mackenzie's Landing boat launch OPEN Opened May 15
Alexander Mackenzie's Landing campground OPEN Opened June 1
Clayton Falls CLOSED  
Peace Canyon Dam Viewing Area CLOSED  
WAC Bennett Dam Visitor Centre CLOSED  
Williston Reservoir CLOSED  
Southern region
Arrow Lakes Reservoir CLOSED  
Bridge River CLOSED  
Gun Creek Campground OPEN Open July 11
Naxwit Picnic Area CLOSED  
Seton Lake Reservoir OPEN Open with reduced hours
Kootenay Canal CLOSED  
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  
Lower Mainland
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 campgrounds are open.
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  
Vancouver Island
John Hart OPEN Opened May 14
Puntledge River OPEN Opened May 16
Strathcona Dam OPEN Opening June 1 with restrictions


Buntzen Lake

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)