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

We look forward to safely welcoming you back to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Please check back regularly to find out what is open, what is closed, and how to be safe when you visit. Click here to view a map of what's open and closed

What’s open (updated July 14, 2020)

Beginning July 20th, 2020 the following services and facilities are available at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve: 

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. See Washroom Facilities for more information.
  • As of July 20th, the Sidney Spit passenger ferry service is available for visitors. NEW in 2020! Visitors must make a reservation in advance of their trip. For more information on ferry schedules, reservations, and health and safety procedures, visit the Sidney Spit Ferry website here.
Boating
  • Access by boat or kayak is permitted at all locations.
  • Mooring buoys at Sidney Spit, Beaumont and Cabbage Island are accessible and fees are in effect.
  • Docking facilities are available at Sidney Spit and Princess Bay on Portland Island.
  • Docking space at Sidney Spit are being reduced in 2020 to allow for physical distancing. Please follow all on site health and safety procedures.
Washroom Facilities
  • As of July 20th, all washrooms and pit toilets are open across Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
Campgrounds

As of July 20th, all frontcountry and backcountry campgrounds are open. Visitors are required to have a reservation at the following campgrounds:


For reservations : 

Online Reservations

The following backcountry campgrounds continue to operate on a first-come-first-served basis:

  • Arbutus Point, Princess Bay and Shell Beach Campgrounds on Portland Island
  • Isle-de-Lis Campground (Rum Island)
  • D’Arcy Island Campground
  • James Bay Campground, Prevost Island
  • Cabbage Island Campground

Visit our webpage for more information on campgrounds and reservations.

 
What’s closed (updated July 14, 2020)

The following services and activities remain closed in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve:

Washroom Facilities
  • As of July 20th, all washrooms and pit toilets are open across Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
Campgrounds
  • The Sidney Spit group camp site remains closed until further notice.
Interpretation & Events
  • All special events and interpretive activities have been suspended until further notice.
Camping during COVID-19 (updated July 14, 2020)

As of July 20th, all frontcountry and backcountry campgrounds will be open. Visitors are required to have a reservation at the following campgrounds:

The following backcountry campgrounds continue to operate on a first-come-first-served basis:

  • Arbutus Point, Princess Bay and Shell Beach Campgrounds on Portland IslandIsle-de-Lis Campground (Rum Island)
  • D’Arcy Island Campground
  • James Bay Campground, Prevost Island
  • Cabbage Island Campground

Visit here for specific campground information.

Reservations
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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