BC Parks open Monday for overnight camping following COVID-19 closures

BC Parks open Monday for overnight camping following COVID-19 closures
WatchSome provincial parks on Vancouver Island expect to be nearly full this week

The gates to the campground at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park have been closed since COVID-19 hit in March.

But not anymore.

On Monday the barriers will come down as the camping season begins across British Columbia

“I hope they’re patient,” said Tara Simons, of park operator RLC Park Services. “We’ll get them into their campsite as fast as we possibly can so they can get camping but I think it will be busy.”

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Rathtrevor is always one of the busiest parks in B.C. and is usually open year-round.

Most of the 250 sites are booked for the week ahead and staff have been busy preparing for the mass arrival of campers Monday afternoon.

“We’ve trimmed all the canopy this time for the great big trailers we get in here,” Simons said, adding. “The cleaning has been increased by BC Parks so there is added cleanings to all the buildings, all the pit toilets, garbage cans, whatnot due to COVID-19. So, you’ll see a lot of activity, more staff trying to keep everything safe for everybody and safe for the staff.”

Health Minister Adrian Dix said last week opening BC Parks for camping is important when British Columbians can not travel outside B.C.

“It’s to ensure British Columbians have full access in the summer when we’re saying to people in British Columbia not to travel, not to travel internationally, not to leave the province,” Dix said.

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