BC Parks is doing another survey about their day-use pass program. Please read our concerns before filing out the survey.
BC Parks initiated the Day-Use Pass program in 2020 as part of BC Parks’ response to manage risks and physical distancing requirements associated with COVID-19. In 2020, the Day-Use Pass program applied to selected trails in Cypress, Garibaldi, Mt Seymour, Stawamus Chief, Golden Ears, Joffre and Mt Robson provincial parks, all located in the South-east Region, except the Berg Lake trail in Robson Provincial Park. By 2021, summer day-passes were no longer required at both Cypress and Mt Seymour. By 2022, the Day-Use Pass program was further limited to selected trails and parking lots in Garibaldi, Joffre and Golden Ears provincial parks (Berg Lake trail was closed after sustaining heavy damage in an early summer 2021 storm).
A recent BC Parks’ blog explains the evolution of and the rationale for the day-use pass program: While excessive crowding on trails may contribute to trail braiding and vegetation trampling, much of the damage to trails in provincial parks in southwestern BC, including many of the popular trails in Mt Seymour, Cypress, Garibaldi, Stawamus Chief and Golden Ears, is due to poor trail design, inadequately built and maintained water bars, lack of or inadequate signage, and absence of regular trail maintenance for more than 25 years. Further, over the past 20 plus years, BC Parks has failed to expand the outdoor recreation opportunities to keep up with the population growth in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.