Visitors to the popular North Shore recreation site of Mount Seymour Provincial Park will once again require a vehicle day pass starting Dec. 14.
Since 2020, B.C. Parks has implemented seasonal day passes as a way to manage traffic congestion at sites like Mount Seymour.
The park, about a 30-kilometre drive from downtown Vancouver, is popular year-round for its hiking and its views, but especially in winter for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
Starting Dec. 14, visitors will have to obtain a free pass online to bring their vehicle into the park.
Two options are available: a morning pass valid from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and an afternoon pass valid from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Passes are not required after 4 p.m.
Passes, which are limited in number, are available starting at 7 a.m. PT two days prior to a planned visit.
The passes will be required daily until Jan. 8, 2024, and then on weekends and holidays only until March 31, 2024.
“Cancelling passes is encouraged if people don’t intend to use them so that others can,” said the province in a release.
Simon Whitehead, the marketing and communications manager for the Mount Seymour ski area, says the resort introduced the two time slots for the passes to stagger the amount of vehicles coming in and out.
“On those weekend bluebird sunny days, everybody wants to come skiing and enjoy the snow,” he said.
“… By managing those numbers, because there is only limited parking, we have completely reduced the congestion on the road, which was sometimes four kilometres long with an hour-and-a-half wait.”
The passes aren’t required at nearby Grouse Mountain ski area, which is not located in a provincial park.
They are also not required for Cypress Provincial Park, where skiers and snowboarders can access Cypress Mountain Resort.
The province encourages visitors to Cypress Mountain to use a shuttle service, or carpool to help reduce traffic congestion.