Author: Cultus Lake Park Administration

COVID-19 Update: What’s Open

During this time, when we are all physical distancing to do our part to flatten the curve – helping to keep our loved ones, our neighbours and everyone safe – it is important to support local businesses, if you can. We all want to make sure that they are still in business when we come out on the other side of this.

In the Cultus Lake Park community, the following businesses are open:

  • Superette Grocery Store (It was closed for a few days for renovations, but is now open!)
  • Lakeside Beach Club is offering take-out
  • Legends Bistro at Cultus Lake Golf Club is offering take-out
  • New York Corned Beef Connection mostly does wholesale, but they may do some individual sales
  • Canada Post
  • Esso (they are doing business through their window)

Cultus Lake Park is closed to the public as a result of COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing. All public areas, docks, the boat launch, dog parks and facilities are closed, and the gates at the parking lots are locked. The Park Board understands that this is disappointing to some – but it is necessary. The entire Cultus Lake community is working together to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19 and to flatten the curve.

At this time, Cultus Lake Park’s Sunnyside Campground is not yet open for the season. The Board and staff are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates to the seasonal campers in the days ahead.

Please note that Jade Bay boat launch and Teapot Hill are closed; however, they are not within the Cultus Lake Park boundaries – they are managed by BC Parks. Please connect with BC Parks if you have questions concerning these areas.

Thank you all for your commitment to physical distancing and to our great little community. We are in this together!

Update from Cultus Lake Park Staff

This is a challenging time for everyone, and we want you to know that the Cultus Lake Park team is here to help. If you have concerns or issues about something to do with the Park, please email us at: [email protected] or give us a call at: 604-858-3334. While our office is closed to the public, staff are working.

Our Bylaw Officer is still on the ground. If you see any issues that are bylaw related, please contact the Bylaw Office at: 604-858-5298. If you don’t get to speak to our Bylaw Officer in person, please leave a message and he will get back to you.

Many of the shops in Cultus Lake Park are open. Lakeside Beach Club and Legends Bistro at Cultus Lake Golf Club are both offering take-out. New York Corned Beef Connection mostly does wholesale, but they may do some individual sales. Canada Post is open. Esso is open and doing business through their window. If you can, please support local businesses during this time.

Please take the time to reach out by phone, text or email to your neighbours – especially those who may have underlying health conditions as well as our seniors. Check in to see if they are okay – and if you are going out to grocery shop, ask if they need anything. Having someone offer assistance can mean the world in times like this.

If you can, share a kind word with those who are keeping their shops and restaurants open for us. Thank someone who works in a grocery store and please make sure to show your appreciation for our health care workers and first responders. If you are out and see a truck driver at a fast food place, ask if you can pick up their food through the drive-through for them – sometimes their trucks don’t fit and it can be a challenge for them to get a coffee or something to eat.

Please remember to practice physical distancing, keep a MINIMUM of six feet between you and others when out in public, and regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or more to help stop the spread of the virus.

Be well, stay safe, and let’s take care of each other during this difficult time.

Statement re: April 15 Board Meeting

April 1, 2020

Statement from Cultus Lake Park re: April 15, 2020 Board Meeting

The Cultus Lake Park Board meeting is set to be held on April 15, 2020. The regular meeting (open meeting) is tentatively set, at this time, for 3 p.m. This may change as a result of the unfolding COVID-19 situation and direction from provincial or federal governments or health authorities. Should a change to the date of the Board meeting be required, we will inform the community as soon possible.

While having members of the community at our Board meetings is preferable, in order to minimize health and safety risks in response to COVID-19, the regular meeting will be closed to the public.

As a result of the current pandemic, the Government of B.C. has instituted a State of Emergency, and closing a usually public Board meeting such as this is permitted by the Order of the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General through the Emergency Program Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c.111, s.10 Ministerial Order No. M083. You can download a copy of the order here.

Staff will attend the meeting in person in the boardroom and will practice social distancing as directed by federal and provincial health authorities.

In continuing with our commitment to regular and transparent communication with the Cultus Lake Park community, a video of the regular Board meeting will be available on the Cultus Lake Park website on April 16, 2020.

We will continue to provide updates to you regarding COVID-19 and Cultus Lake Park as information becomes available. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement towards Park staff and the Board during this difficult time.

Engaging in social distancing will help to flatten the curve and to stop this dangerous virus from spreading. Cultus Lake Park is a special community, and one that shows this even more during challenging times. Thank you for taking care of each other. We are all in this together.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Park Office at: 604-858-3334 or email: [email protected].

Statement – Sunnyside Campground Opening Delayed

March 23, 2020

Statement from Cultus Lake Park Board Chair re:

Sunnyside Campground Opening Delayed

The opening date and the seasonal move-in date for Sunnyside Campground has been delayed to April 30, 2020. This is in response to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19. It aligns with the current timeline identified by BC Parks for camping. This decision will be reviewed by the Cultus Lake Park Board on a weekly basis, with the health and safety of the community as the priority.

Payment for overnight camping reservations prior to the new opening date of April 30 will be refunded.

Seasonal campers will have their annual rates adjusted on a prorated basis and refunded once the campground opens.

We understand that this decision will be disappointing to some. It was made to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19, a highly contagious and deadly virus. Each of us must do our part to flatten the curve and to help stop the spread of this serious illness.

Please remember to practice social distancing, keep a MINIMUM of six feet between you and others when out in public, and regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or more to help stop the spread of the virus.

Please note that the Cultus Lake Park Plaza and its parking lot will remain open to access those businesses.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Park Office at: 604-858-3334 or email: [email protected].

Statement – Cultus Lake Park Closed to Visitors

March 22, 2020

Statement from Cultus Lake Park Board Chair re:

Cultus Lake Park Is Closed to Visitors

Cultus Lake Park is popular with both locals and visitors. Right now, it may seem like a good place to get fresh air and continue to engage in the social distancing directed by government and health authorities. However, we have seen the number of people coming to the Park dramatically increase over the past few days, and many are not engaging in social distancing – that puts people at risk, including our community and its residents.

Earlier this week, Cultus Lake Park made the decisions to close playgrounds, docks, public spaces and parking lots in an effort to control the risk of spreading COVID-19; however, people continue to come to the community and congregate. In light of this, effective immediately, Cultus Lake Park is closed to visitors. This decision is not one that has been made lightly. It is being done as a necessity because the health and safety of our staff and local community residents in the Park is the priority.

We understand that this decision will be disappointing to some. We are closing the Park to visitors to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19, a highly contagious and deadly virus. Each of us must do our part to flatten the curve and to help stop the spread of this serious illness.

The Cultus Lake Park Plaza and its parking lot will remain open to access those businesses.

At this time, Sunnyside Campground is not yet open for the season. The Board and staff are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates to the seasonal campers in the next few days.

Please remember to practice social distancing, keep a MINIMUM of six feet between you and others when out in public, and regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or more to help stop the spread of the virus.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Park Office at: 604-858-3334 or email: [email protected].

Statement re: Closing Parking Lots

March 21, 2020

Statement from Cultus Lake Park re:

All Cultus Lake Park Parking Lots Closed as of 12:01 a.m., Sunday, March 22, 2020

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020, all Cultus Lake Park parking lots will be closed with the gates locked. Any vehicles left in the parking lots will be subject to a fine and removal. The parking lots will be closed until further notice. The parking lot at the Cultus Lake Park Plaza will remain open for those accessing local businesses.

In addition, the Cultus Lake Park boat launch (at the south end of Sunnyside Boulevard) will also be closed effective March 22, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

The Cultus Lake Park staff and Board continue to monitor the rapidly developing situation regarding COVID-19 closely. The health and safety of our team, our Board, our community members and the public are a priority.

The closure of the parking lots is being done to ensure that health authority direction regarding social distancing is met in Cultus Lake Park.

We are and will continue to follow the direction of the federal and provincial governments and health authorities. This is a fast-moving situation and we are getting updates from government and health authorities daily – sometimes several a day.

We understand that the decision to close the parking lots may cause frustration or disappointment for some; however, this is being done to support of the overall health and safety of our community and the public. We will continue to follow developments regarding COVID-19 and keep you informed of any further changes regarding the operations of Cultus Lake Park.

This is an important time for all British Columbians and Canadians to come together in support of others on a local and global level. As a team and as individuals, we are committed to doing everything we can to flatten the curve and not allow this serious virus to spread.

Docks and Playground Closures

The Cultus Lake Park Board and staff continue to closely monitor the fast-moving and serious situation regarding COVID-19. We are taking direction from the federal and provincial health authorities and governments and are committed to taking any and all actions necessary to keep our community safe.

As of today, the following have been closed:

  • The Main Beach docks
  • The playgrounds in the Park and Sunnyside Campground

Please remember to practice social distancing, keeping a minimum of six feet between you and others when out in public, and regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or more to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

As a reminder, the following cancellations and closures were announced earlier this week and are in effect until April 17, 2020:

  • All events of more than 50 people are cancelled. This includes the community Easter Egg Hunt and the Sunnyside Campground Welcome Barbecue.
  • All Park public facilities are closed, including the public washrooms on Main Beach. (Portable toilets are still open. They are located at Main Beach, Oak St. Park, and at the Cultus Lake Plaza.)
  • The Community Hall is closed.
  • The Visitor Services Office is closed.
  • The Cultus Lake Park Office is closed to the general public. (Staff are still working to serve the community.)

At this time, Sunnyside campground is not affected by the closures and is set to open on April 3, 2020. The store and public washrooms will not be open.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Park Office at: 604-858-3334 or email: [email protected].

Statement re: COVID-19

March 17, 2020

Statement from Cultus Lake Park CAO re: COVID-19 Measures Being Put in Place, Cancellations and Closures

The Cultus Lake Park team and Board continue to closely monitor the rapidly developing situation regarding COVID-19. The health and safety of our team, our Board, community members and the public are a priority.

We are and will continue to follow the direction of the federal and provincial governments and health authorities. As such, the Chief Administrative Officer and Board Chair have made the following decisions that are effective immediately until April 17, 2020 (with the exception of the April 15 Board Meeting).

  • All events of more than 50 people are cancelled. This includes the community Easter Egg Hunt and the Sunnyside Campground Welcome Barbecue.
  • The March 18, 2020 Board meeting is cancelled. (The next Board meeting is set for April 15, 2020.)
  • All public facilities are closed – this includes public washrooms in Cultus Lake Park.
  • The Community Hall is closed.
  • Sunnyside campground is not affected by the closures at this time and is set to open on April 3, 2020. The store and public washrooms will not be open. If you are a Sunnyside camper and will be onsite, please use social distancing (keeping six feet or more between you and other people) and ensure that you respect other people’s requests not to engage socially.
  • While the Cultus Lake Park Office is open, we encourage anyone with questions or concerns to call 604-858-3334 or email [email protected] rather than come to the Office. You may also use the slot in the front door to deliver anything to us.
  • All Cultus Lake Park Committee meetings are cancelled. (ADDED TO BLOG POST ON MARCH 18.)

This is a fast-moving situation and we are getting updates from government and health authorities daily – sometimes several a day. At this time, the closures outlined here are in effect until April 17, 2020, but it is important to understand that this may change and the closure period may be extended.

We understand that these decisions may be disappointing for some; however, they were made for the overall health and safety of our community and the public. We will continue to monitor developments and keep you informed of any further changes to events or other elements of the work that we do.

This is an important time for all British Columbians and Canadians to come together in support of others on a local and global level. As a team and as individuals, we are committed to doing everything we can to flatten the curve and not allow this serious virus to spread to anyone in our community.

Community Meeting Report

The Cultus Lake Park Board held a community meeting on February 3, 2020. The purpose was to engage the community in dialogue regarding how Short-term Rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, Secondary Suites and Home-based Businesses should be managed in the Park.

The meeting was attended by approximately 100 members of the community. These people were asked to provide their concerns, feedback and ideas. In addition, community members emailed Cultus Lake Park with input.

Here is a link to the report on the community feedback.

The Board and staff will continue to move forward to develop policies and procedures to effectively manage Short-term Rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, Secondary Suites and Home-based Businesses in the Park.

The Board and staff appreciate everyone’s input.

Additional Input Deadline – February 27, 2020

Thank you for providing input regarding Short-term Rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, Secondary Suites and Home-based Businesses. We are compiling your feedback into a report.

In order to finalize this report, we ask that any additional submissions be provided to Cultus Lake Park by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

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