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Recreating Safely And Responsibly In The Outdoors During COVID-19

As restrictions ease on travel within the province, here are some tips and best practices for enjoying the great outdoors safely and responsibly.

To our other visitors, we look forward to welcoming you back when the time is right. In the meantime, stay tuned to our social media channels and blog for future travel inspiration.

 

General Guidelines For Outdoor Adventures

Follow the direction of the Provincial Health Officer and stay up-to-date on changing guidelines and regulations.

Enjoying the outdoors always comes with some amount of risk. In addition to these additional recommendations for recreating during COVID-19, we highly recommend also following the guidelines set by AdventureSmart BC.

  • Keep a minimum of 2 metres from others at all times. For some activities, like mountain biking, more is encouraged.
  • Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based sanitizer before and after touching shared surfaces such as ropes, branches, and railings. These services aren’t available in the outdoors, so pack a ‘Clean Trip Kit’ to ensure these items are always close at hand. (hand sanitizer, gloves and toilet paper).
  • Recreate with members of your household or ‘bubble’.
  • Stay close to home for now by exploring trails in your own community.
  • Avoid gathering in large groups, especially in congested areas like roadways or at trailheads.
  • When passing on a trail, find a place to safely step off the trail to give the other person a chance to walk by. A common practice in mountain biking is that the person riding uphill has the right of way.
  • Stick to low-risk trails and adventures.
  • Always pack-in and pack-out and follow Leave No Trace principles.
  • Stay at home if you’re feeling unwell. Although viruses are less likely to spread outside, there’s still a risk.
  • All the regular rules and regulations still apply while recreating. Licences and permits for fishing, and consider donating to the local trail advocacy groups who manage and maintain the trails you’re using.

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