BC Parks is closing Raft Cove Provincial Park in response to concerns arising from the World Rainbow Gathering that began August 7th. The closure was prompted over specific concerns that an increase in the number of visitors unprepared for such a remote and rugged location would significantly increase the risk to public health and safety, the protection of the natural environment and the preservation of park values. The closure takes effect at 12 p.m. today and will last until further notice.
BC Parks has been aware of concerns expressed by the public, and made the decision to close the park in consultation with other agencies including the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the provincial archaeology branch, local governments, the local forest industry, First Nations and the RCMP.
BC Parks will be on site daily to manage the closure over the coming days and will reassess as necessary.
To learn more about Raft Cove Provincial Park and to stay informed of any important notices, please visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/raft_cove/
Ministry of Environment