The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.

Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Update for June 1, 2020 - Gradual reopening of Parks Canada places

As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country.

This means:

  • As of June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada places near you.
  • Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
  • Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.
  • Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.

We will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.

You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.

Update for June 17, 2020 - Camping resumption

Starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.

Important information about your visit to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

We look forward to gradually and 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. 

What’s open (updated June 19, 2020)

Beginning June 29th, 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 are open, however not all washrooms are available. See Washroom Facilities for more information.
  • The Sidney Spit passenger service is currently unavailable. We are working in cooperation with the provider to safely resume ferry service to Sidney Spit, and hope to announce a timeline soon.
  • Access by boat or kayak is permitted but visitors should be aware that facilities and services may be reduced or temporarily closed.
  • Mooring buoys at Sidney Spit, Beaumont and Cabbage Island are accessible and fees are in effect.
  • As of June 29th, docking facilities are available at Sidney Spit and Princess Bay on Portland Island. Available docking space may be reduced to allow for social distancing.
Washroom Facilities

As of June 29th, many washrooms and pit toilets are re-opening across Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, including:

  • Saturna Island: East Point, Winter Cove, Narvaez Bay, Russell Reef
  • Pender Islands: Roesland, Shingle Bay, Beaumont, Mount Norman, Prior Centennial Campground
  • Sidney Island: Sidney Spit day use area
  • Russell Island
  • Mayne Island: Georgina Point (outhouses only), Bennett Bay 
  • North Saanich: McDonald Campground

As of June 29th, select campgrounds will begin reopening at the following locations:

  • McDonald Campground (North Saanich)
  • Prior Centennial Campground (North Pender Island)
  • Shingle Bay Campground (North Pender Island)
  • Beaumont Campground (South Pender Island) 
  • Narvaez Bay Campground (Saturna Island)
  • Visitors are required to have a reservation in order to camp at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
  • Visit our webpage for more information on campgrounds and reservations.  
What’s closed (updated June 19, 2020)

On June 29th, 2020, the following services and activities remain closed in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve:

Washroom Facilities

Washrooms remain closed at the following locations:

  • Sidney Spit Campground
  • Portland Island (all locations) 
  • Isle-de-Lis (Rum Island)
  • D’Arcy Island
  • Prevost Island
  • Cabbage Island

The following campgrounds continue to be closed until further notice:

  • Sidney Spit Campground, including the group site
    • The Sidney Spit passenger service is currently unavailable.  We are working in cooperation with the provider to safely resume ferry service to Sidney Spit, and hope to announce a timeline soon.
  • 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
Interpretation & Events
  • All special events and interpretive activities have been suspended until further notice.
Camping during COVID-19 (updated June 19, 2020)

As of June 29th, select campgrounds will begin re-opening while others remain closed. Visit here for specific campground information.

  • The re-opening of campgrounds will happen gradually to ensure the health and safety of visitors and Parks Canada staff.
  • As more information becomes available, our website and social media channels will be updated regularly.
  • The camping experience at Parks Canada will be different than in previous years. Visitors are required to have a reservation in order to camp at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

  • Reservations will be available beginning June 23rd, 7:00am PST for open campgrounds. 

    Online Reservations

  • Reservations previously made for June 29th onward will be honored at open campgrounds, with the exception of Sidney Spit Campground which remains closed until further notice.
  • Reservation holders for the Sidney Spit Campground and group camp site will be contacted and refunds will be issued.
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 COVID-19 safety kit, including hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, 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!

Stay informed