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.

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.

Please plan ahead by checking this webpage regularly.

For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.

Update for June 1, 2020

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.

Starting June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada locations near you.

This means:

  • Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
  • Group activities and public events are prohibited until further notice.
  • Camping is not permitted until at least June 21, while we assess necessary health and safety measures. This includes oTENTiks, yurts and backcountry camping. All existing reservations set to take place prior to June 21 will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.
  • Highways and roadways, which pass through Parks Canada places, remain open.
  • Many trails across the Parks Canada Network are closed for public safety, for the protection of ecological or cultural resources, because of human-wildlife interaction concerns, or limited search and rescue capacity. Please respect these temporary closures.

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.

Specific Parks Canada locations

Below, please find the links to specific Parks Canada locations that have special instructions.

Western Canada

Canadian Prairies

Ontario and Quebec

Ontario
Quebec

Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

Northern Canada

Is it safe to visit a Parks Canada place?

Your health, safety and precautions to follow when visiting

The health and safety of visitors, employees, and all Canadians is of the utmost importance. Parks Canada will be following the advice of public health experts and implementing measures for cleaning, hygiene, and physical distancing at all places open for visitation. Only those places where measures can be implemented to minimize healthy and safety risks will be open to the public.

At all times, follow personal public health practices consistently such as frequently cleaning your hands with soap and water, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve, and respecting physical distancing.

Be aware of local or provincial/territorial public health authority recommendations on the use of non-medical masks or cloth face coverings if you will be in a crowded setting and it is not possible to maintain a 2-metre distance from others.

Additionally, enjoy parks and sites responsibly:

  • Avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces as much as possible. Carry your own supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, and a cover for picnic tables.
  • Let others know of your intention to pass on pathways or trails, so that you can maintain a 2-metre distance from others. Signal others using your voice or a bell. Remember to be kind and considerate of others.
  • Yield to oncoming users where space is narrow. Let others move out of bridges, platforms and other narrow spaces before entering.
  • Step off trails to let others pass where possible. But please try to avoid stepping on vegetation and stay on trails unless letting others pass.
  • Slow down on trails. Speed increases user conflicts and risks of injuries. Adjust your distance from others based on their speed to maintain physical distancing.
  • Be respectful of others. Keep prescribed 2-metre distance from others while lining up, and respect the maximum use capacity in facilities.
  • Pack in and pack out. Keep our places clean, pick up your litter and dispose of it by using appropriate garbage containers or take your waste home.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep our places clean.
  • Abide by all travel advisories.
What is the current situation in Parks Canada?

This is an evolving situation. Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada Coronavirus disease page and the Twitter page of Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, for the latest information.

Will there be refunds in light of closures?

Reservations

All camping facilities including backcountry camping, oTENTiks, and other roofed accommodations remain closed until further notice.

All existing reservations set to take place prior to June 21, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full. You do not need to cancel your reservation. Your refund will happen automatically.

If you have a reservation after June 21, 2020, you do not need to cancel this reservation. You are encouraged to check back closer to your arrival regarding cancellations.

Parks Canada will not be taking new reservations until at least June 22, 2020. Please visit this page for regular updates as the situation evolves.

Fees, passes and permits

For current pass holders, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes for the full duration of the suspension period. That means that for each month or part of a month that visitor services are not offered due to Parks Canada's efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, a full month will be added to the end date of the annual pass.

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.

We are working to ensure that measures are in place to safely collect fees while protecting health and safety. Please plan accordingly and check the pages of Parks Canada places near you for more information.

With increased volume to mail and package delivery services during this global pandemic, shipping timelines cannot be guaranteed. Parks Canada will temporarily accept printed email confirmations that show a valid entry pass or permit. The printed email confirmation can be used until one month from date of purchase or until you receive your pass in the mail.

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