Alerts, closures and warnings
Before leaving on your trip, check for possible closures, alerts or other warnings that may affect the site or trail you plan to visit.
Last updated: November 30, 2020
On June 1, 2020, people across the province, once again, have access to safe outdoor recreation opportunities, while meeting the guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO).
- Most recreation sites are open to camping
- Many sites provide simple, rustic camping with basic facilities and minimal maintenance
- To ensure physical distancing, you may notice some changes in campgrounds, including additional spacing between campsites and limitations on the number of guests in campgrounds
- Backcountry cabins have occupancy limitations
- Face masks are mandatory in public spaces
- Recreation sites that attract large crowds may remain closed until it is safe to reopen at a later date
Health and safety guidelines
Minimize the risk to your health and safety by:
- respecting any facility or area closures and to follow the physical distancing requirements set out by the PHO
- bringing hand sanitizer and practicing appropriate hygiene. If you are sick, please visit another time
Bring your own "Clean Trip Kit." A clean trip kit includes hand sanitizer, gloves and toilet paper.
RSTBC is doing everything we can to ensure sites and trails are safe. We are all in this together, and we are counting on everyone to do their part so sites and trails can remain open.
For now, visitors can expect the following:
- Sites are open to camping and day use activities
- Be prepared to use your "clean trip kit"
- Campers are expected to carry out their own garbage, "Pack it in, Pack it out"
- We need all visitors to do their part to keep site operators, staff, and other visitors safe
- At recreation sites on Vancouver Island, overnight campers are required to provide contact information to Recreation Sites and Trails BC
On November 13th, 2020, the Chief Medical Health Officer of Island Health issued an order to operators of campgrounds to collect information for the purposes of COVID-19 contact tracing.
If you camp overnight at a recreation site on Vancouver Island please complete the campground contact tracing info form. Once complete, please attach the form to an email and send to RecInfo@gov.bc.ca with the name of the recreation site and “Contact Tracing” in the subject line.
You will only be contacted if COVID-19 contact tracing is required. Information collected will be securely stored and destroyed after 30 days.
- Trails remain open; however, associated recreation facilities have occupancy limitations
- The public is reminded to maintain safe physical distances of at least two meters and choose low risk activities while using trails
- Trail users are expected to carry out their own garbage, are responsible for their own safety, and should exercise additional caution as trails may not be maintained during this time
- Facilities such as overnight shelters, back-country cabins, day use shelters, and other related infrastructure will be re-opened on a case by case basis. Some facilities may remain closed all season
- Facilities that are open, have occupancy limitations
- Masks are mandatory
- Facility users are reminded to follow physical distancing requirements as set out by the PHO
Visitors should check out the RSTBC website before heading out to be prepared for their visit and to be aware of any closures.
RSTBC continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak closely and is following recommendations set out by the PHO.
Open the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website for more information about COVID-19.
Recreation Orders related to COVID-19
- Check for site and trail closures and warnings due to wildfire, flooding, wildlife interactions and COVID-19
Recreation alerts and restrictions
The Koocanusa Recreation Strategy Area restricted recreation use
- Read the Koocanusa Recreation Order April 8, 2020
- Read the Koocanusa Recreation Strategy Area
- Read the media release
Elephant Hill wildfire area closed to off-road vehicle use
- Read the media release
Avalanche danger ratings & bulletins
Safety begins with you. Get trained in avalanche safety, plan your trip, check for warnings and carry the right gear.
- Open Avalanche Canada for danger ratings and bulletins
Road conditions, wildfire and flood information