Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Important information about your visit to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Update (July 01, 2021):

The government of British Columbia has initiated a four-step BC’s Restart plan to gradually begin to restart business and activities across the province.

All visitors to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve are encouraged to plan ahead and to visit regularly the BC’s Restart plan website for the most up-to-date information.

Please understand that the current COVID-19 situation remains fluid, with government regulations and health guidelines changing rapidly.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is open for the visitor season from May 15 through September 30, 2021.

Non-medical masks or face coverings are required for everyone when visiting indoor public spaces. Remember to follow public health authority guidance and advice for your area, including travel restrictions. Most importantly, stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with the virus.

Please check below for specific information on what is open and what is closed at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. 

What’s open (updated July 01, 2021)

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is open for the visitor season from May 15 through September 30, 2021. The following services and facilities are available:

Motor vehicle access
  • Motor vehicle access is permitted at all parking lots, day-use areas and trailheads.
  • Motor vehicle access is permitted at drive-in campgrounds (SMONEĆTEN (McDonald) & Prior Centennial Campgrounds).
Day use areas

All day use areas and washrooms are available.

  • The Sidney Spit passenger ferry service is open for the season from May 21 through September 7, 2021. Visitors must make a reservation in advance of their trip. For more information on ferry schedules, reservations, and  health and safety procedures, visit their website here.
Boating
  • Access by boat or kayak is permitted
  • Mooring buoys at Sidney Spit, Beaumont and Cabbage Island are available and fees are in effect. 
  • Docking facilities at Sidney Spit and Princess Bay on Portland Island are available and fees are in effect for Sidney Spit.   
  • The docking facility at Sidney Spit is open. However, please do not use it as a seating area; keep it clear to facilitate physical distancing.
     
Washroom Facilities
  • Washrooms and pit toilets are open. 
  • Non-medical masks or face coverings are required for everyone when visiting indoor public spaces at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve including washrooms.
  • Be self-sufficient by bringing your own clean-trip kit, including hand sanitizer, garbage bags and masks.
  • Washrooms and pit toilets are only meant for waste that is biodegradable.  Please do not put any foreign objects in the toilets including: disinfectant wipes, diapers and any other non-biodegradable items. Doing so will clog the waste management system and may require Parks Canada to close the toilets.
Campgrounds

All frontcountry and backcountry campgrounds are open. Reservations are strongly recommended at the following campgrounds:

The following backcountry campgrounds continue to operate on a first-come-first-served basis:

Visit our webpage for more information on campgrounds and reservations.

Online Reservations
Interpretation & Events
  • This summer, keep an eye out as our interpreters can be found at stationary activity tables outside the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea or with traveling displays roving around the trails, and campgrounds.
What’s closed (updated July 01, 2021)

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is open for the visitor season from May 15 through September 30, 2021.

The following services and facilities remain closed: 

Day use areas
  • Please visit this page regularly for up-to-date information and follow BC’s public health authority guidance, and especially travel advisories. 
Boating

 

Washroom Facilities
Campgrounds

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve campgrounds are open every year from May 15 to September 30. 

  • Arbutus Point: sites two and three are closed until further notice.  
Interpretation & Events
  • At this time all our special events and activities are on hold until further notice.
Your safety when visiting

When you may start visiting again, you will be asked to follow the directions below:

  • Follow BC’s public health authority guidance, and especially travel advisories.
  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you (or your family group) and others.
  • Practice proper hygiene as directed by health authorities.
  • Stay home if you are sick or if you were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Respect all onsite direction and signage. Some will be new and will help ensure physical distancing. 
  • Be self-sufficient by bringing your own clean trip kit, including hand sanitizer, garbage bags, masks when recommended by health authorities, as well as table cloths if you plan to use a picnic table.
  • You are responsible for your own safety. Be cautious when engaging in activities in order to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these special places clean. 
  • Abide by all travel advisories and health recommendations.
  • Be kind and patient with each other. We are all in this together!

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