RSTBC response to COVID-19

Recreation Sites and Trails B.C. (RSTBC) is looking forward to welcoming visitors to recreation sites and trails. Together with our partners, we are working hard to provide opportunities for British Columbians to get outdoors around their communities.

Last updated: October 13, 2021

Health and safety guidelines

The COVID-19 pandemic requires that RSTBC adapt operations to ensure public health and safety objectives are met. RSTBC is relying on the cooperation of visitors to adhere to Public Health Officer (PHO) orders and guidelines while visiting recreation sites and trails.

Learn more about B.C.'s response to COVID-19 and Province-wide restrictions.

Minimize the risk to your health and safety by:

  • Respecting any facility or area closures
  • Practicing careful social contact
  • Bringing hand sanitizer and practicing appropriate hygiene
  • Staying home when you are sick

Bring your own "Clean Trip Kit."  A clean trip kit includes hand sanitizer, gloves and toilet paper. Remember to follow rules and etiquette so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.

Please do your part to keep sites and trails open and safe.

For now, visitors can expect the following:

Camping at recreation sites

  • Campers are expected to carry out their own garbage, "Pack it in, Pack it out"
  • Camping opportunities are offered on a first come, first served basis, with the exception of those campgrounds with a reservation system.

Recreation trails

  • The public is reminded to maintain safe physical distance 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.

Recreation facilities 

  • Facilities such as overnight shelters, back-country cabins, day use shelters, and other related infrastructure are open for use with some exceptions. Some facilities may remain closed.
  • Facility users are reminded to follow physical distancing and mask requirements as set out by the PHO
  • Occupancy limitations may be in effect
  • Backcountry cabins with reservation systems in place can be reserved for users complying with PHO orders. Reservation information may be collected and used for contact tracing
  • Backcountry cabins without reservation systems in place may be available for overnight use depending on PHO orders, notices, and guidance of the day.

Hosting events and gatherings

  • Authorization by a Recreation Officer is required to use a recreation site or trail for a number of uses and activities, such as competitive sporting events and gatherings of over 15 people
  • Applicants may submit a request to the Recreation Officer for consideration in advance of the proposed start date of the use or activity
  • Any authorized use of a recreation site or trail must adhere to PHO orders and guidance of the day

RSTBC continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak closely and is following recommendations set out by the PHO.

Learn more about COVID-19 at the BC Centre for Disease Control.