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 Aulavik National Park

UPDATE: All visitor access to Aulavik National Park is suspended until further notice. Information will be updated regularly.

Applicable Inuvialuit / Sahtu Dene and Metis traditional activities at Western Arctic Field Unit National Parks and National Historic Sites will continue, but all users are asked to follow the advice of NWT public health officials on social distancing.

Aulavik National Park will remain closed to visitation until further notice.

For their own safety, visitors should not try to access locations that are closed.

All camping facilities including backcountry camping and other roofed accommodations remain closed until at least June 21, 2020 while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. All large events are suspended until further notice.

Please note that an announcement regarding camping and group activities will be made at a later date. Please visit pc.gc.ca frequently for information and updates.

Parks Canada 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.

Stay informed

Parks Canada’s Western Arctic Field Unit is working with territorial counterparts and co- operative management partners to keep all visitors, community members, and employees informed and safe.