The Regional District of Nanaimo is set to open campgrounds, including at Horne Lake Regional Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

The Regional District of Nanaimo is set to open campgrounds, including at Horne Lake Regional Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

RDN set to open Horne Lake, Descanso Bay campgrounds June 1

Regional district asks visitors to follow safety protocols

Regional campgrounds will be opening back up in a week and a half’s time.

The Regional District of Nanaimo is re-opening its campgrounds at Horne Lake Regional Park north of Qualicum Beach and also at Descanso Bay Regional Park on Gabriola Island on June 1.

The RDN noted in a press release that the decision was made after “careful planning, preparation and consultation with health professionals, professional associations and campground operators.”

The online reservation system will be accepting campsite reservations beginning Monday, May 25, at 7 a.m. To reserve, visit rdn.bc.ca/rdn-camping.

The re-opening of the RDN’s campgrounds follows the province’s announcement from May 6 that eased some restrictions beginning in mid-May as part of B.C.’s restart plan.

READ MORE: Most of B.C provincial parks to reopen today, visitors asked to physically distance

The RDN’s parks and rec department is doing everything it can to ensure parks are safe for visitors and staff, noted the release, adding that park goers are being counted on to do their part so campgrounds can remain open. Campground guidelines for all visitors includes respecting any facility or area closures and signage; observing physical distancing; and bringing hand sanitizer and practising appropriate hygiene.

There are a few general reminders when considering camping at RDN parks. At this time, the regional district asks that people only visit parks or campgrounds close to home. Those who are sick are asked to visit another time. Washroom facilities will be open with enhanced cleaning protocols.

Playgrounds and indoor facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas and pools, remain closed pending re-opening guidelines that are being worked on right now between the Ministry of Health, WorkSafe B.C. and other professional organizations, including the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association.

For more information, visit www.rdn.bc.ca/parks-services.

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