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Day pass system to return for Joffre Lakes, Garibaldi Lake and Elfin Lakes hikes

The province announced the day pass system will be in effect starting June 17.

Like it or hate it, the provincial parks pass program is returning to the Squamish-area Garibaldi Park.

As of June 17, people accessing three trailheads at Garibaldi Park during peak hours will need a free day-use pass.

The three trailheads are: Diamond Head, which is the entrance to the popular Elfin Lakes hike; Rubble Creek, which opens up the Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk hikes, and the Cheakamus trail.

The day pass system will also apply to people who want to take a trip to Joffre Lakes Park and Golden Ears.

"Some of our most popular parks continue to experience more visitors than ever who are connecting with nature and enjoying the health benefits from outdoor recreation," said Environment Minister George Heyman in a news release. "Overuse has become a growing challenge in these three parks. We need to ensure that, above all, we are protecting what makes these parks special through sustainable recreation."

The passes will be available online at and can be reserved at 7 a.m., two days prior to the planned visit.

People will be able to cancel a pass if they don't intend to use it.

"We are pleased to see ongoing improvements to the day-use pass program and welcome solutions that aim to manage increased visitation in a way that respects and protects nature in some of B.C.'s most beautiful places," said Sandra Riches, executive director, BC AdventureSmart in a news release. 

"Having park ambassadors greet people and talk about responsible recreation also helps ensure everyone can enjoy a safer experience when exploring these three parks. Before heading outdoors, we encourage everyone to be prepared and follow our BC AdventureSmart 3Ts: trip planning, training and taking essentials."


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