Sunnyside Campground

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: reception@cultuslake.bc.ca.

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: reception@cultuslake.bc.ca.

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 reception@cultuslake.bc.ca 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.

Bylaw Fines Have Increased

We know that many people may find bylaws (and more specifically, bylaw enforcement) frustrating. No one wants to receive a fine, but sometimes they are a necessity.

Cultus Lake Park fines for bylaw infractions have increased. They are now up to $2,000 per infraction.

Bylaws are in place for the control, management, maintenance, use and enjoyment of Cultus Lake Park by all. They support the safety and security of residents and visitors.

It may come as a surprise, but the Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement Officers don’t want to fine you. In fact, they want you to comply with the bylaws. It’s even in their title. They are trained to help educate the community about the bylaws.

Whether it is keeping your dog on a leash, not smoking, refraining from consuming alcohol in public areas, or keeping laneways adjacent to residential or business lots clear and maintained – bylaws are in place for the good of the community.

If you have questions about bylaws or would just like to come by for a cup of coffee and a chat, Cultus Lake Park has an open door policy. We would love to see you. If you would prefer to email us, that works too. Our email is: info@cultuslake.bc.ca.  

Please adhere to the bylaws – you can find them here. We will also be putting up a series of posters that highlight bylaws that are broken more often than others – and we’ll be sharing a few blog posts on them here.

Adhering to bylaws is the responsibility of everyone in the community.

Notice of Removal

July 19, 2019

Please be advised that in light of the March 15th registration deadline, Cultus Lake Park Staff will be removing unpaid/unregistered buoys from the foreshore area on or after Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

As per, Boating and Foreshore Bylaw No. 1143, 2019, Section 3.3 (l), any unregistered or non-conforming buoys and anchor systems will be removed, at the owners’ risk and expense. Removed buoys and anchor systems will be held for 30 days for pickup. Once a buoy has been removed by Park Staff, the buoy location will be forfeited.

Notice of Intent was posted on July 2, 2019 that all buoys must conform by August 1, 2019 as set out in Boating and Foreshore Bylaw No. 1143, 2019.

Buoys are also required to be marked by the buoy owner as follows:

  • Residents: RXXX, where “XXX” = lot number
  • Seasonal Campers: SYYY, where “YYY” = campsite number
  • Non-residents or non-Seasonal Campers: NZZZ, where “ZZZ” = a sequential number based on the order of registration (i.e. 001, 002, etc. assigned by the Park).

All buoys must conform by August 1, 2019 or they will be removed.

Please contact the Park office at 604-858-3334 should you have any questions or concerns.

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