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Seven Prince George regional parks now open with COVID-19 distancing reminders

You can enjoy the outdoors while ensuring public health guidelines
Berman Lake - Prince George
Berman Lake Regional Park is located nearly 50km west of Prince George. (via Access BC)

Dr. Bonnie Henry has encouraged B.C. many times to go outside and enjoy the weather during the COVID-19 pandemic, but to make sure you’re distancing from others in order to help flatten the curve.

Well, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) is responding in kind by officially opening seven Prince George parks and four others within its jurisdiction today (May 1).

This includes:

  • Berman Lake (Prince George)
  • Cedarside (Valemount)
  • George Hicks (Valemount)
  • Giscome-Portage/Huble Homestead (Prince George, opening June 1)
  • Harold Mann (Prince George)
  • John Dahl (Mackenzie)
  • Koeneman (McBride)
  • Kristian Winther (Prince George)
  • McMillan Creek (Prince George)
  • Ness Lake (Prince George) 
  • Wilkins (Prince George)

“[RDFFG] reminds everyone that for the safety and comfort of all park users and to align with public health guidelines, visitors should keep their time at the parks short and maintain a minimum distance of six feet away from other users and refrain from contacting gates, fences and other surfaces with their hands,” reads a news release.

As of this publication, there are 46 test-positive cases of COVID-19 in northern B.C., but 41 of them have recovered.

The RDFFG adds some areas may be blocked for visitor safety in light of continued snowmelt and deteriorating ground conditions.

It also reminds residents, however, that these parks are for day-use only and not for overnight camping.

More information can be found on the Regional District’s website.