Many people are looking forward to warm temperatures this long
weekend, but the Ministry of Environment is warning campers and backcountry
users to be aware of potentially dangerous conditions.
With temperatures expected to reach 30C today and tomorrow,
Environment Minister Barry Penner reminded campers and hikers to be aware that
water levels will rise significantly in many streams and creeks as the heavy
winter snowpack finally starts to melt.
If you are planning
to be on or near a river this holiday weekend, the Ministry of Environment
advises caution because water levels and velocities are high, water
temperatures are cold and rivers may contain debris.
In addition, banks
around rivers, creeks and streams can erode, causing them to become unstable.
People should be extra vigilant when walking or playing near these water
bodies, as banks can give way without warning. Keep children and pets away from
Stream levels can
rise quickly. Stop and check backcountry bridges before crossing, especially if
streamflows are high. If in doubt, don’t use the structure. Exercise caution
when choosing a campsite near a river, as water levels can rise during the
As well, the heavy
snowpack may still pose avalanche threats to backcountry skiers and hikers.
Anyone traveling in the backcountry this weekend should carry avalanche safety
gear, including an emergency transceiver, shovel and probe.
Hikers, campers and
backcountry travelers are advised to tell somebody where they are going, and
when they expect to return.
information about streamflows, refer to the B.C. River Forecast Centre’s