Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Important information about your visit to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is closed for the season until May 15, 2021. Most green spaces and trails are still available for your enjoyment; however, the majority of visitor services are no longer available. Be prepared and use additional caution as search and rescue services are limited. Enjoy your Gulf Islands National Park Reserve responsibly!

Non-medical masks or face coverings are required for everyone when visiting indoor public spaces. Remember to follow public health authority guidance and advice for your area, including travel advisories. Most importantly, stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with the virus.

 

What’s open (updated October 22, 2020)

Most of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is closed for the season until May 15, 2021. The following services and facilities remain available:

Motor vehicle access
  • Motor vehicle access is permitted at all parking lots, day-use areas and trailheads.
Day use areas
  • All day use areas and washrooms are available, except at the following locations:
    • Frontcountry campgrounds (SMONEĆTEN (McDonald), Sidney Spit & Prior Centennial Campgrounds)
    • NEW – All Parks Canada land on Sidney Island will be closed for public safety reasons to facilitate hunting by First Nations from November 1, 2020 until February 28, 2021.
    • Mooring buoys will remain open, however there will be no visitor access to beaches, day use areas, or washrooms.
Boating
  • Access by boat or kayak is permitted except Sidney Spit which is closed from November 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021.
  • Mooring buoys at Sidney Spit, Beaumont and Cabbage Island are available.
    • NEW – All Parks Canada land on Sidney Island will be closed for public safety reasons to facilitate hunting by First Nations from November 1, 2020 until February 28, 2021.
    • Mooring buoys will remain open, however there will be no visitor access to beaches, day use areas, or washrooms.
Washroom Facilities
  • Washrooms and pit toilets are not regularly maintained. Visitors may use them at their own risk.
Campgrounds

Reservation Launch: Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 at 8:00am PDT 

Online Reservations
 
What’s closed (updated October 22, 2020)

Most of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is closed for the season until May 15, 2021. The following services and facilities remain closed: 

Day use areas
  • NEW – All Parks Canada land on Sidney Island will be closed for public safety reasons to facilitate hunting by First Nations from November 1, 2020 until February 2, 2021.  
  • The Sidney Spit passenger ferry service is closed for the season and will resume May long weekend 2021. 
Boating
  • NEW – All Parks Canada land on Sidney Island will be closed for public safety reasons to facilitate hunting by First Nations from November 1, 2020 until February 28, 2021.  
  • Mooring buoys will remain open, however there will be no visitor access to beaches, day use areas, or washrooms.  
  • Docking facilities at Sidney Spit and Princess Bay on Portland Island are unavailable until early May 2021. 
Washroom Facilities
  • Washrooms and pit toilets are not available at the following locations: 
    • NEW – All Parks Canada land on Sidney Island will be closed for public safety reasons to facilitate hunting by First Nations from November 1, 2020 until February 28, 2021.
    • Frontcountry campgrounds (SMONEĆTEN (McDonald), Sidney Spit and Prior Centennial Campgrounds) 
Campgrounds

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve campgrounds are open every year from May 15 to September 30. 

  • All frontcountry campgrounds are closed until May 15, 2021 at the following locations: 
    • SMONEĆTEN (McDonald), Sidney Spit and Prior Centennial Campgrounds 
Interpretation & Events
  • Special events and interpretive activities are not available during the off season.
Your safety when visiting

When you may start visiting again, you will be asked to follow the directions below:

  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you (or your family group) and others.
  • Practice proper hygiene as directed by health authorities.
  • Stay home if you are sick or if you were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Respect all onsite direction and signage. Some will be new and will help ensure physical distancing. 
  • Be self-sufficient by bringing your own clean trip kit, including hand sanitizer, garbage bags, masks when recommended by health authorities, as well as table cloths if you plan to use a picnic table.
  • You are responsible for your own safety. Be cautious when engaging in activities in order 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 special places clean. 
  • Abide by all travel advisories and health recommendations.
  • Be kind and patient with each other. We are all in this together!

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