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BC Hydro opens some recreation areas, with more to come

Image of a tent at the Strathcona Dam recreation site
BC Hydro's recreation areas are reopening in stages, with restrictions in place to ensure the health and safety of visitors. Check specific site info on for updates to opening hours, availability of camping, and rules for visits.

Province and BC Hydro give cautious green light to camping

Campers across B.C. breathed a sigh of relief when May 25 arrived and BC Parks started taking reservations for campsites from June 1 on. Working with provincial COVID-19 health guidelines, BC Hydro has also started a staged approach to opening its recreation areas.

Day use of certain BC Hydro recreation sites was the first step, and as of June 1, camping is now being allowed at select rec sites across B.C. New safety measures are now in effect, including physical distancing, increased cleaning at rec sites, and limits to the number of visitors and the number of vehicles parked. Some popular recreation areas also have reduced hours.

BC Hydro rec site openings so far

The following sites opened in May for day use:

Recreation and camping, where available, opened with restrictions in effect at the following sites on June 1:

There are also plans to open other sites. Please see the latest information on all sites.

What we need from you at our rec sites

If you plan to visit one of our rec sites, please pay attention to the following guidelines and precautions:

  • Stay close to home and only visit recreation sites in your community.
  • Follow physical distancing requirements outlined by the B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer.
  • Bring hand sanitizer to practice safe hygiene, as we can't guarantee availability of hand sanitizer at all locations.
  • Take responsibility for your own safety, taking care to not touch surfaces unnecessarily and to wash hands and sanitize them frequently.

We're also asking everyone to take extra precaution around bodies of water downstream of our facilities. These are active generating facilities and water levels can change quickly and without warning. Please review all safety signage and keep away from restricted areas. Learn more.

BC Hydro visitor centres remain closed

Our popular visitor centres at Stave Falls, Revelstoke and W.A.C. Bennett Dam remain closed as we carefully review provincial health guidelines before opening. Each centre has its own unique reopening challenges with interactive, hands-on elements; supporting physical distancing for visitors; and conducting guided tours.

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