Campgrounds in Garibaldi Provincial Park have been closed due to an aggressive bear. BC Parks and the Conservation Officer Service have received reports of a problem bear at Cheakamus Lake in Garibaldi Park.
Based on the behaviour of the bear, it is believed to be the same bear that was exhibiting food habituation and aggression last year, the agencies said.
Due to concerns for public safety, BC Parks and COS has closed the Cheakamus Lake, Singing Creek, and Helm Creek campgrounds as well as day use access to the Cheakamus Lake Trailhead.
The closure will remain in place (day use and camping) until at least Tuesday June 28, with the areas expected to reopen on Wednesday June 29. The closure may be extended if the bear is not caught within this closure timeframe, BC Parks said.
The Cat Lake recreation sites and lake have also been closed indefinitely since May 27 by the Recreation Sites and Trails BC. The site has been closed due to the presence of an aggressive bear. This bear is actively seeking food from campers and entering tents to acquire it.
“Please avoid the area at all times. We will update when new information is available.” Meanwhile, the Owl Lake Trail in Pemberton has been closed due to extensive damage in wet and sensitive areas.