For the first time (at least in recent memory), the Vancouver Park Board has decided to shut down Stanley Park during the night. The news came out today, as the province battles with ongoing drought conditions and extreme heat. Here’s what you need to know.

Basically, Park Rangers will be setting up shop at access points around the park, and preventing non-essential access to it. This will happen each night, and will be in effect from 10PM to 6AM. So, you’ve still got ample time to enjoy a sunset on the beach, you just can’t hang out afterwards. And yes, the closure includes walking around the SeaWall, in addition to the beaches and trails.

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While the park itself will be closed, the causeway will be open, so you don’t have to worry about major detours if you’re trying to get from the city to the North Shore (or vice versa). The closure is dependent on the risk of fire, so this new measure is in place indefinitely. Here’s hoping that it rains sooner rather than later, hey?

For more information on this pretty much unprecedented move for Stanley Park, you can check out the official press release on the Park Board website. Stay safe out there, and no playing with matches on the beach anyway!