RSTBC response to COVID-19

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

Last updated: June 15, 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 this summer. We are also asking that people pick a recreation site, trail, or campground as close to home as possible to avoid long road trips and non-essential travel.

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 social distancing by keeping 2 metres (6 feet) between you and others
  • Avoiding crowded places
  • Bringing hand sanitizer and practicing appropriate hygiene
  • Wearing a face mask in indoor public spaces
  • 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 
  • At recreation sites on Vancouver Island, overnight campers are required to provide contact information 

    On November 13th, 2020, the Chief Medical Health Officer of Island Health issued an order to operators of campgrounds on Vancouver Island to collect information for the purposes of COVID-19 contact tracing. 

    • Visitors to recreation sites where a fee is charged will be requested to provide their name, contact information, and an emergency contact to the site host or operator
    • Visitors to non-fee recreation sites 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 contact tracing is required. Information collected will be securely stored and destroyed after 30 days.

Recreation trails

  • 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

Recreation facilities 

  • 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
  • Facility users are reminded to follow physical distancing requirements as set out by the PHO
  • Masks are required in indoor public places
  • 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 will not be available for overnight use

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 cannot guarantee whether an event or activity will be able to be conducted on its proposed start date, even it was previously authorized

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.