Barbecue ban: Some Metro Vancouver cities prohibit cooking in parks during wildfire season
With warm weather expected to continue in Metro Vancouver, it may be tempting to fire up the grill in a local park.
Some municipalities, however, have bans and restrictions in place because of the high risk of wildfires. In fact, some cities just announced bans on all cooking – even with propane – in public green spaces in recent days.
"Guys, we live in a beautiful community full of lots and lots of forest … that is all fuel. We need our residents to be extremely diligent and be vigilant when you're in the woods," said Port Moody Fire Rescue Lt. Jeff Scallion in a video posted to social media Thursday.
Fines for breaking fire and cooking bans vary, with some municipalities saying tickets can be up to $500. Last week, however, Mounties in Kamloops said a man could face fines of more than $1,000 after a camping stove sparked a grass fire in a ditch by the highway.
As of 3 p.m. on July 27, these were the statuses of barbecue restrictions across Metro Vancouver:
Vancouver: A temporary ban on all barbecues is now in full effect at all Vancouver parks and beaches as of July 27.
City of North Vancouver: Starting July 25, the City of North Vancouver entered a full ban on barbecues at all parks. Smoking and campfires are also prohibited.
Port Moody: All cooking and smoking in Port Moody parks is prohibited while the city is under an extreme fire warning, which it entered on July 22.
New Westminster: As of July 22, all campfires, open fires, smoking and outdoor cooking is banned in New Westminster parks. That includes propane, charcoal and wood-burning barbecues.
Belcarra: As of July 23, all cooking appliances are banned in public parks and public spaces. That includes propane and charcoal barbecues.
Surrey: The city says natural gas, propane or charcoal briquettes are permitted as long as they are being used in ULC/CSA-approved devices for that particular product.
Coquitlam: A permit is now required to barbecue in Coquitlam parks, except at Blue Mountain Park, Mackin Park, Spani Pool and Town Centre Park. More details can be found online.
Burnaby: The use of barbecues (charcoal/briquette/wood) in Burnaby and beaches is currently prohibited. Propane barbecues are permitted. Smoking also isn't permitted in Burnaby parks, trails and green spaces.
Richmond: On July 14, Richmond Fire Rescue Services posted a notice saying natural gas or propane stoves aren't allowed in Richmond parks, except in Garry Point, King George Community, South Arm Community and McDonald beach parks, in designated areas. Richmond Fire Rescue confirmed those rules were current as of July 23. Maps of those areas can be seen online.
District of North Vancouver: No open flames of any kind, including propane barbecues, are permitted in district parks or beaches until further notice.
Maple Ridge: In a notice posted last month, Maple Ridge Fire Department said a "total fire ban" was in effect as of June 30 in the city. However, that ban doesn't include the use of CSA-rated or ULC-rated barbeques, camping type stoves or portable campfire apparatus using camping gas, natural gas/propane, or briquette barbeques, on your property. CTV News has reached out for an update on the rules in parks.
Port Coquitlam: Charcoal and wood-burning barbecues aren't permitted in Port Coquitlam parks. Propane barbecues are still permitted in designated areas.
West Vancouver: All barbecues, including propane, are banned at district parks and beaches until further notice.
City of Langley: As of July 27, only propane barbecues may be used in designated areas of certain parks. However, visitors are warned to "look for signs that may prohibit this due to the dry conditions."
Delta: As of July 26, all outdoor cooking devices, including propane barbecues and grills, are banned in all of Delta's parks, trails and natural lands.
Pitt Meadows: All barbecues, including propane, are banned at parks and beaches until further notice.
Village of Anmore: All cooking appliances are banned in public parks, public spaces and unimproved areas. The ban includes CSA- or UL-rated cooking stoves that utilize propane or charcoal briquettes, or portable campfire devices.
Bowen Island: As of July 23, Bowen Island was under a high danger rating, which means only propane barbecues are permitted in public spaces. If the municipality moves to an extreme danger rating, all barbecues will be banned in public spaces.
Township of Langley, White Rock, and Lions Bay all didn't have information about barbecue bans posted online. CTV News Vancouver has reached out to these municipalities for information.
As of Friday afternoon, there were 270 active wildfires in the province. So far this fiscal year, 1,193 wildfires have been recorded in the province. Of those, 34 per cent are believed to be caused by humans.
Vancouver Top Stories
CTVNews.ca Top Stories
While Canadians didn't have to wait too long on election night to find out who will lead the next government, there are still several individual seats too close to call and it could take a few days to get clear results with many mail-in ballots still to be counted.
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the 2021 federal election, he said it was because he thought Canadians should have their say about where the country is going. Well, voters have spoken, and it's another minority Liberal government. With an almost identical House of Commons heading to Ottawa in terms of seat distribution, leaders are now facing post-election questions about their futures.
U.S. President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to congratulate his election win and the two leaders plan to meet in person soon, the White House and Prime Minister’s Office said in statements on Tuesday.
Tyler Shandro is no longer Alberta's health minister as part of Premier Jason Kenney's cabinet shuffle on Tuesday afternoon.
Autopsy results have confirmed that the remains found Sunday in the Bridger-Teton National Forest are those of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old woman who disappeared while on a trip exploring national parks with her fiancé, according to the FBI in Denver.
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake caused slight damage in suburban Melbourne on Wednesday in an unusually powerful temblor for Australia.
Many older voters, parents with young children and Canadians with disabilities didn't vote because of long lineups at their voting sites, with Elections Canada apologizing for the wait but saying there was little else they could do in a pandemic.
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says he's triggered a review looking into his party's election loss, underscoring that he's committed to making sure the Tories are battle-ready for the next one.
A month after a dramatic and harrowing scene at the Kabul airport that saw hundreds of Afghans chasing a U.S. military aircraft -- some clinging to its sides – at least one family is seeking justice for a loved one who fell to their death.
'Think about your family': Vancouver Island mother urges vaccinations after husband hospitalized with COVID-19
Miranda Mellor is speaking out after her 39-year-old, vaccine-hesitant husband ended up in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria for treatment of COVID-19.
There are now 5,282 active COVID-19 cases in B.C., including 619 active cases in the Vancouver Island region.
BC Hydro says it's still hard at work repairing damage to underwater cables that bring electricity to Vancouver Island.
Premier Jason Kenney swapped Tyler Shandro and Jason Copping's portfolios in a mid-afternoon cabinet shuffle Tuesday.
A Calgary man wanted on a sexual assault case involving a 13-year-old girl has been captured.
Northeast Calgary resident 'frustrated' Chahal removed campaign literature with incorrect polling station address from his property
A northeast Calgary resident had questions for his new MP after his doorbell camera captured Liberal candidate George Chahal apparently removing campaign literature promoting his opponent Jag Sahota.
Alberta reported 1,519 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths on Tuesday as Tyler Shandro resigned from his position as health minister.
Tyler Shandro is no longer Alberta's health minister as part of Premier Jason Kenney's cabinet shuffle on Tuesday afternoon.
Smoky Lake RCMP arrested and charged a man with break and enter twice in a single day in two separate incidents.
Ontario's vaccine certificate program is now in effect and there are some important things to know about how it will work.
Add your vaccination status to your iPhone in three easy steps.
Environment Canada is warning that some parts of the city could see up to 75mm of rain and that thunderstorms and flooding are a possibility.
Quebec considering special law to prevent anti-vax protesters from blocking access to hospitals, schools
Quebec premier François Legault said it’s 'unacceptable' that people have been protesting against the vaccine passport outside hospitals and schools recently and said the province could turn to the law to put an end to these demonstrations.
'Can't take it anymore': Operating-room nurses at Lakeshore Hospital stage sit-in, refusing move to ICU
Operating-room nurses at Lakeshore Hospital staged a sit-in Tuesday morning, saying they’ve been made to work nearly around the clock and want to refuse a move to further skeleton staffing.
Quebec Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette called for calm Tuesday morning in his remarks before the start of consultations on language law Bill 96.
Brandon fire and emergency crews are battling a blaze at a condo building that broke out Tuesday night.
At the end of the day Monday, one Manitoba riding remained unclaimed in the federal election. That result has not changed late Tuesday afternoon.
A cyclist who has been riding across Canada to raise awareness of the youth mental health crisis in a Manitoba community is back home, but says his journey is far from complete.
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says “it’s unfortunate” that people who attended the People’s Party of Canada election headquarters in Saskatoon flaunted the province’s mask mandate.
A Saskatoon man says his polling station wasn’t set up for him to enter in his wheelchair despite being led to believe it was accessible.
Following an investigation by the Saskatoon Police Service sex crimes unit, a 60-year-old man has been charged with sexual assualt.
From stolen urinal attempts to missing soap dispensers, washrooms in Regina schools have become the target of the latest TikTok challenge.
Saskatchewan broke its record for COVID-19 hospitalizations on Tuesday, marking the third straight day the province has done so.
After yesterday's election, Premier Scott Moe is calling the election “pointless” and wants Justin Trudeau to get to work addressing the real issues facing Canadians.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is vowing to get 'back to work,' after being dealt a second minority government in the 2021 federal election that looks much like the one Canadians elected in 2019.
Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 65 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with 40 recoveries, as the number of active cases in the province rises to 509.
'I don't want to see other people go through it': Growing pressure on N.S. government to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for health-care workers
With mandatory vaccines looking more and more likely for healthcare workers in Nova Scotia, union reps say government will have to provide alternatives for workers who can't -- or won't -- get the shot.
If it seems like more guns are being used in London this year, it’s because they are.
Much of the same in the London-area ridings following Monday night's federal election.
Starting Wednesday, residents will need to show a proof of vaccination to access non-essential businesses in Ontario including nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms and restaurants.
With the exception of Sault Ste. Marie, which is still up in the air, Monday's election in northern Ontario left the same parties in charge of the same ridings.
A result of a wide variety of community partnerships, the Schumacher Lions Club unveiled its International Peace Park on Tuesday, a show of celebration for the city's cultural diversity.
Proof of the COVID-19 vaccination is soon to be the new normal across Ontario and for some of the major hubs in the northeast region, it’s key for their employment.
Businesses and municipal facilities across Waterloo Region are preparing for the launch of Ontario's vaccine passports on Wednesday.
Nearly 24 hours after the election polls closed, two ridings in Waterloo Region are still too close to call.
Here are the federal election results for Waterloo Region and the surrounding area.