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.

This means:

  • 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 Gros Morne National Park

To help Canadians gain access to the health and wellness benefits that come from being outdoors and in nature, a number of Parks Canada places will be gradually restoring visitor access and visitor services beginning June 1, 2020. Initial access will be focused on autonomous day use of trails, grounds, and other outdoor settings.

The resumption of operations will also include the continuation of critical services and the gradual resumption of some key field-based ecological and cultural protection activities.

The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance and Parks Canada will follow the advice and guidance of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be mitigated will be available for visitation.

Newfoundland and Labrador is discouraging all non-essential travel throughout the province. Local people living close to these Parks Canada sites will have access to areas and facilities that are open.

Washroom facilities may not be available at trails, day-use areas, and green spaces that will be opening on June 1, 2020.

What’s open (updated: May 26, 2020)
  • Trails (Open as of June 1, 2020):
    • Old Mail Road
    • Steve’s Trail
    • Coastal Trail
    • Berry Head Pond Trail
    • Mattie Mitchell Trail
    • South East Brook Falls Trail
    • Tablelands Trail
    • Trout River Pond Trail
  • Day Use Areas (Open as of June 1, 2020. Playgrounds closed.):
    • Shallow Bay
    • Western Brook
      • Including beach access trail.
      • Shelters and washrooms will be closed.
    • Bakers Brook
      • Shelters will be closed.
    • McKenzies
      • Shelters and washrooms will be closed.
    • South East Hills
    • Trout River Pond
  • Green spaces (Open as of June 1, 2020):
    • Broom Point
    • Green Point geological site
    • Lobster Cove Head
  • Fishing
    • Trout season opens as of June 1, 2020. Call 709-458-2417 or email for information on permits
What’s closed (updated: May 26, 2020)
  • Trails:
    • Snug Harbour
    • Bakers Brook Falls Trail
    • Berry Hill Trail
    • Berry Hill Pond Trail
    • Western Brook Pond Trail
    • Gros Morne Mountain Trail
    • Stuckless Pond Trail
    • Lomond River Trail
    • Stanleyville Trail
    • The Lookout Trail
    • Green Gardens Trail
    • Long Range Traverse and Northern Traverse
  • Day Use Areas:
    • Millbrook
    • Lomond
  • Facilities:
    • Visitor Centre (NOTE: The visitor centre is closed to the public at this time, but staff are available to answer questions via email or phone, (709) 458-2417. Available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. NDT).
    • Discovery Centre (NOTE: The Discovery Centre is closed to the public at this time, but staff are available to answer questions via email or phone, (709) 458-2417. Available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. NDT).
    • Broom Point Fishing Premises
    • Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
    • Gros Morne Recreation Complex (swimming pool).
  • Campgrounds:
    • Trout River Pond
    • Lomond
    • Berry Hill
    • Green Point (including Green Point dog park).
    • Shallow Bay
    • No primitive or backcountry camping
  • Fishing: Salmon season open as of June 15, 2020.
Your safety when visiting
  • 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.
  • Pets must remain on a leash and under control at all times while visiting a national park.
  • Observing wildlife in their natural habitat is a privilege that comes with a responsibility to treat wildlife with the respect they deserve and need.
  • Abide by all travel advisories.

Stay informed