PARKS – City closes nature parks due to extreme fire danger

Kenna Cartwright Park. (Mel Rothenburger file photo)

Several Kamloops nature parks will be closed as of 12 noon today (July 1, 2021) due to the extreme fire danger. Following is the list of parks affected by the closures:

  • Batchelor Nature Park
  • Campbell Creek Nature Park
  • Capilano Park
  • Trail connecting Barnhartvale to Peterson Creek through Juniper
  • Dallas-Barnhartvale Nature Park
  • Gleneagles Park
  • High Canada Place Park
  • Kamloops Bike Ranch
  • Kenna Cartwright Nature Park
  • Peterson Creek Nature Park
  • Pineview Valley Park
  • Rose Hill Park
  • Sahali Terrace Nature Park
  • Sifton Loop Trail
  • Skyline Park
  • Valleyview Nature Park
  • West Highland Nature Park

The parks are closed to bike, pedestrian, and vehicular traffic. Parks crews are in the process of installing closure signs and will continue to do so over the next few days.

Crews will also be monitoring City parks to ensure residents and visitors are abiding by closures, and community services officers will be issuing fines for violations.

Residents are reminded that smoking is always prohibited in all City parks and walking trails. Given the extremely dry conditions, the City is urging residents to be extremely cautious with cigarettes in all areas of the City and to only use designated containers to dispose of cigarettes.

In addition, the City has closed the Barnhartvale Landfill and Yard Waste Depot, effective today, July 1, 2021. It will remain closed until further notice. Residents are encouraged to use other facilities and more information can be found at

Kamloops Fire Rescue asks residents to consider the consequences of their actions. The public can play an important role in fire prevention by staying aware, reporting fires immediately, and keeping all vehicles and bikes away from dry areas. More information on prevention can be found here.

To report people using closed parks, call City of Kamloops Community Services at 250-828-3409. The public is asked to call 911 immediately if a fire is suspected.

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1 Comment on PARKS – City closes nature parks due to extreme fire danger

  1. Roads and vehicular traffic (the biggest culprits) should be the ones getting “closures” not the city’s parks. People out walking and cycling finding soulful reprieve from the mayhem are not the ones causing fires.
    This mindless approach by out local leadership is jaw-dropping.

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