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 Auyuittuq National Park

Pursuant to subsection 7(1) of the National Park General Regulations and 12(1) of the National Historic Parks General Regulations, the following sites are hereby temporarily closed for all persons not exercising harvesting rights under the Nunavut Agreement by Order of Superintendent, Nunavut Field Unit.

Where: Auyuittuq, Sirmilik, Qausuittuq, Quttinirpaaq and Ukkusiksalik National Parks, and the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site, including all terrestrial and marine areas. See attached map.

When: March 18, 2020 until further notice.

Why: In the interest of protecting the health and safety of visitors, Nunavummiut and employees as the country responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, Parks Canada will focus on basic critical operations.



Persons contravening this closure may be subject to prosecution under the Canada National Parks Act; maximum fine $100 000.

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