A Lower Mainland lake that usually sees crowds of people in the summer will soon have a parking reservation system to reduce traffic in the area.
BC Hydro, which maintains popular Lake Buntzen in Port Moody, announced Tuesday that it was testing a pilot reservation program for drivers wishing to park near the lake.
The system launches on June 27 and free reservations can be made the day before a visit. Drivers will have the option of reserving a morning or afternoon timeslot and all-day passes will not be offered. Those using public transit or accessing the park on foot do not need a pass.
“Buntzen Lake is an amazing place to visit year-round, but we know it gets especially busy in the summer months,” Port Moody-Coquitlam MPP Rick Glumac said in a statement. communicated.
“I hope the new online reservation system being piloted by BC Hydro will help reduce parking frustration so families and visitors can fully enjoy the incredible outdoor experience Buntzen Lake has to offer.”
BC Hydro said more than 700,000 people visit Buntzen Lake’s hiking trails and swimming areas each year. Last July, nearly 116,000 people used a car to access the park.
“BC Hydro’s new registration program for Buntzen Lake is a game-changer for our community, as we believe it will help alleviate the excessive traffic congestion we have experienced in our community for the past several years,” said John McEwen, Mayor of Anmore. .
“We appreciate the work BC Hydro has done to address our concerns so that we can all enjoy Buntzen’s incredible outdoor recreation area while mitigating the significant safety issues we have experienced due to blocked roads. and access to property.”
Other agencies have used reservation systems to limit crowds at popular outdoor spaces in recent years. In 2020, with BC residents unable to travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local trails and parks have become particularly crowded, prompting the province to require park passes Cypress, Mount Seymour, Garibaldi, Golden Ears, Stawamus Chief and Mount Robson.
Even last winter, passes were required to access the backcountry areas of Mount Seymour Provincial Park.
Complimentary Lake Buntzen passes will be registered on a license plate and are not transferable. The pilot project will run until September 5.