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Day passes no longer needed at provincial parks

This includes popular locations around Squamish
The Stawamus Chief Trail.
The Stawamus Chief Trail.

If you've wanted to visit a park in Squamish, but haven't had the stomach to wake up at 5:45 a.m. to get a day pass — now's your chance.

Provincial parks in B.C. — including the ones in town — no longer require a day pass.

The pass system was started as the province re-opened from its COVID-19 lockdown.

The idea was to provide a limited number of passes to prevent overcrowding the parks.

"These environments do not easily allow for physical distancing and large numbers of visitors also have increased environmental impacts," reads a notice on the BC Parks website.

"The trail systems within these parks can become crowded at narrow pass points and viewpoints which can lead to congestion and difficulties maintaining physical distancing."

However, the site said that day passes aren't required at this time.

"Day use passes are not required to visit any BC Parks at this time. Any changes to the status of day-use pass requirements will be posted here."

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