COVID-19 and your visit to Elk Island National Park
Starting June 1, some Parks Canada places will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Information will be updated regularly.
Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be managed will be available for visitation. We are asking visitors to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, respect closures, follow the guidance of public health experts, and to make every effort to keep one another safe.
Opening details will differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Parks Canada and COVID-19 (updated May 27, 2020)
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.
Being outdoors and in nature brings a number of health and wellness benefits., It is important that people have access to natural spaces where they can go to get exercise and fresh air in settings that facilitate physical distancing.
On June 1, 2020, Parks Canada will begin a safe, gradual opening of some outdoor locations in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
- Starting June 1, visitors will be permitted to access some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations. Until then, all suspensions of visitor services and closures of facilities announced in March remain in place.
- For their own safety, visitors should not try to access locations that are closed.
- All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Group activities and public events will be prohibited until further notice. All existing reservations set to take place prior to June 21, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
Important information about your visit to Elk Island National Park
The current suspension of visitor services, vehicle access by visitors and temporary closure of visitor facilities in Elk Island National Park, will remain in place until May 31.
What’s open (updated May 25, 2020)
- The current suspension of visitor services, vehicle access by visitors and temporary closure of visitor facilities in Elk Island National Park, will remain in place until May 31.
- Limited access to Elk Island National Park will be available starting June 1.
Facilities and services opening on June 1:
- Entrance gate kiosks, south and north, to obtain information;
- Motorized vehicle access to the Elk Island Parkway, the Bison Loop Road and the road to the Wood Bison Trail;
- Trails along the Elk Island Parkway and the Wood Bison Trail
- Washroom facilities at the Visitor Information Centre and outhouses on some day-use trails.
What’s closed (updated May 25, 2020)
Facilities that remain closed:
- Most washroom and all shower facilities
- Visitor Information Centre and Gift Shop
- Day-use areas: Astotin Lake and Tawayik Lake
- All kitchen shelters
- All campgrounds including backcountry
- Administration Road including park administration and operations buildings
- West Gate Entrance
- For a complete list of area closures see Important Bulletins
Your safety when visiting
- For important information about staying safe while enjoying Elk Island National Park, see Visitor Safety
- Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you and others.
- Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
- Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.
- Abide by all travel advisories
Parks Canada is working with provincial counterparts, local municipalities and communities to keep visitors informed and safe.
For the most up to date information, visit: