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post #61 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2020, 08:10 PM
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On their social media they stated that they will allow 100 cars to park at the east canyon lot then close it. They will also close the park after 700 cars enter the park in total and allow 50 more in for every 50 that leave. So yes be there are early as possible if you plan to do something out of the East canyon lot. There is a connector trail from the West canyon lot to the East canyon lot if you can still get access to that one if the East is closed. I am not sure where they put up the road block to close the East canyon lot.
Thanks for this - so I found the tweet thread by the park operator - Alouette Parks (https://twitter.com/AlouetteParks/st...55317438779398) is this what you are talking about? - it's just a bit frustrating when the official BC parks website says info will be shared there and it isn't - I wouldn't really think of seeking out park operators twitter accounts to get official information.

The roadblock was just past the boat launch turnoff - so quite near the dam - there is a trail from there to Gold Creek but that would be probably 6-7 km one way - too much to then do a hike and come back for mortals like me.
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To give the park operator credit, Golden Ears park initially appeared on the list of parks that would not be reopening May 15. My guess is that they (rightfully) told BC parks this is BS to not open a park so close to Vancouver, we want to open the park. And so maybe BC parks set these conditions. This is pure speculation on my part though.
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Yeah absolutely - I am very grateful for them for opening at all, amid all other parks in the area being closed. Kudos to the operator, rangers and staff for managing the crowds - must have been incredibly stressful for them.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...ents-1.5579086

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Looks like Seymour and Cypress will be accessible again on June 1


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...ning-1.5586588


Really curious to learn how it will look like, in terms of overflow / social distancing, etc.
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Well, it looks like Grouse Mtn is finally opening in a couple of weeks, June 22. You will have to book your ride up/down in advance (1 up/down per day), wear a facemask, and get your temperature read prior to boarding the tram. Trams will run at 30% capacity and have all the windows open.

Sea to sky gondola has been open already for a couple of weeks, for pass holders only I believe. But I guess it's easier for them to manage with people going up and down in smaller capacity gondolas.
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Great update martin; more like a full blown trip report!


One question: So Grind / BCMC / FF are not officially closed? I think Grouse slopes below resort are under GVRD jurisdiction and not provincial park and thus still open. Is this right?
Grouse Mt is not a BC park & has never been fully closed- only the Resort closed which includes the gondola, the chalet, ski slopes & GG. The rest of the mountains is always open year around with numerous trails like BCMC, FF, LRSN, MacKay, Skyline Dr, LGMH, dreamweaver (starting from Mt Fromme), etc(not all trails I have a name for) & the parking near the GG gate is free during the Resort closure while the main parking lots are blocked.

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Spent the weekend at a friend's place in Whistler. On Saturday we went to the village for dinner. Not many people walking around and many stores were closed, some permanently by the look of it. Definitely a different feel to the place! Easy to find parking. A few restaurants / patios were open. We had dinner at Hunter Gather restaurant, we came here last year and enjoyed it. Last year you had to line up if you came after 6pm. This year was different, it was tasty like last year but hardly any people. Tables were well spaced apart, food was served in take out boxes with plastic cutlery. Great service and the staff appreciated our business. We did a couple bike rides on the Flank Trail and around the valley trail network which is excellent, explored many corners of Whistler I did not know about.
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Well, Grouse Tram is opening on Monday. Should be interesting. Max 30 people per tram and you have to wear a mask and they take your temperature. Guess I have to find a mask. And you have to make a reservation for your tram ride.
Today I went up BCMC and down another trail, pretty quiet, only ran into one other person coming down lower grind. I think the "bear in area" sign may keep the crowds down a bit? The rain was really coming down at the end of the hike. I slipped on a wet root coming down and bashed my left elbow good.
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Well, Grouse Tram is opening on Monday. Should be interesting. Max 30 people per tram and you have to wear a mask and they take your temperature. Guess I have to find a mask. And you have to make a reservation for your tram ride

Skyride reopening?! That should be interesting. I wonder who will be the passengers. With no (legal) out of country tourists, are the majority going to be Grouse Grinder season pass holders?


None of this will be remotely close to normal until there is vaccine
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And the Skyride re-opened this morning, it was sure nice getting a ride down the hill for a change! The top area around the tram entrance has queue stanchions everywhere and lots of social distancing spots on the ground. Lots more work to load people on the tram now, they have to scan your pass, and they have a different scanner(!) to scan your reservation ticket, then another guy checks your temperature, then you get on the tram and find a spot on the floor (there are about 30) to stand. The spots are about 1m apart. Windows on the tram are open and they run it fast so it's only a 4 minute trip. There were about 24 people on the first tram down this morning. The tram operator was sure happy to be back at work and to have guests on the tram again! For this week I believe you can go up and down if you are a pass holder, or just down if you purchase a ticket. You can't buy a ticket to go up.
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Drove down the Duffey past Joffre trailhead last Sunday. All of the parking lots are well closed off, but there were still cars parked on the side of the road.
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Driving through Pemberton and through Whistler, it almost seemed like a normal summer day, lots of traffic but at least there were no accidents.

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Drove down the Duffey past Joffre trailhead last Sunday. All of the parking lots are well closed off, but there were still cars parked on the side of the road

Very interesting. So what is official situation with that? In Banff NP here in Rockies there are explicit signs all over the place telling people roadside parking is forbidden.



I am asking because Joffre is crazy even without Covid (remember these insane videos for September long couple of years ago), and if official parking is closed it would only create bigger mess on already narrow Duffey
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Here is the official position on Joffre Lakes Park from the BC Parks website:

This park is currently closed.
Effective Date: June 1, 2020
Order of the Executive Director [PDF]
Due to the COVID-19 response, BC Parks has fully closed this park including all related services and facilities.

BC Parks has closed this park; this includes all associated access, e.g.trails, parking lots, beaches, docks and marine buoys.

This decision has been made to ensure the continued health and safety of BC Parks visitors, employees, park contractors, volunteers and partners, and to support efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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I would hope they fine them, the signage is clear and it's pretty obvious that the park is closed. There was a ranger truck nearby.
And that Saroud car should be towed!
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