UPDATE: Starting June 1, some Parks Canada places will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Openings will differ across the country. Information will be updated regularly.

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.

We are following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces.

Update for May 27, 2020

Being outdoors and in nature brings a number of health and wellness benefits. As all Canadians do their part to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.
  • Parks Canada will coordinate the resumption of services with Indigenous partners, communities, provinces and territories and respect their concerns about COVID-19.

Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be managed will be available for visitation. The government is asking Canadians to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, to respect the guidance of public health experts, and to make every effort to keep one another safe.

Opening details will differ across the country. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking this website before they travel. Parks Canada locations are listed below.

Current situation

What is the current situation in Parks Canada?

Parks Canada is calling on all Canadians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home. All Parks Canada visitor facilities are temporarily closed, all visitor services and all motor vehicle access by visitors is temporarily suspended until further notice.

This means:

  • All visitor services, including reception, information, lockage and mooring are suspended until further notice;
  • All visitor facilities, including parking lots, washrooms, day use areas and visitor centres are closed until further notice;
  • All camping facilities including backcountry camping, oTENTiks, and other roofed accommodations remain closed until further notice;
  • All events, group and interpretive activities are cancelled until at least May 31, 2020;
  • Parks Canada will not be taking new reservations until at least June 21, 2020. All existing reservations set to take place prior to May 31, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.

Residents of townsites will still be permitted vehicular access, but those with recreational properties within National Parks are strongly encouraged to stay home.

What are we asking visitors to do?

Starting June 1, 2020, visitors will be able to access certain Park Canada locations. These openings will differ across the country so we encourage you to check our website regularly for updates. Until then, our visitor facilities and vehicle parking do remain closed which is why we encourage you to stay home. Anyone considering a visit to a Parks Canada location, including those in urban areas, should cancel their plans until June 1.

What services remain available?

Starting June 1, 2020, visitors will be able to access some trails, day use areas, and green spaces in certain Parks Canada places. Until then, all visitor services are suspended and all parking lots, vehicle services, washrooms, day use facilities, visitor centres, and all camping facilities, including oTENTiks, yurts and backcountry camping, are closed.

These measures are necessary to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce health and safety risks to all Canadians.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.

What basic critical operations will Parks Canada still provide?

While visitor services are temporarily suspended, 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.

What is the current situation in Canada?

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

All Parks Canada consultations and formal engagement on management plans are suspended until further notice.

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and implementing measures to support Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce risks to employees and visitors.

As a result, Parks Canada has also suspended all public consultations and formal engagement with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples on management plans until further notice.

Management plans are developed through consultation and input from various people and organizations, including Indigenous peoples, local and regional residents, visitors, and the public.

The Agency is currently focusing its efforts on critical operations. There is, therefore, limited capacity to undertake full and meaningful management planning consultations at this time. Parks Canada also recognizes that the focus of the Canadian public, Indigenous partners and our stakeholders is on public health and safety and the economy.

Parks Canada is committed to resuming all management planning activities, including public consultations and formal engagement with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples, once operations return to normal and capacity allows.

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 and safety

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency.

Currently, Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home and support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Anyone considering a visit to a Parks Canada location, including those in urban areas, should cancel their plans.

In the coming weeks, this page will provide detailed information on planned openings in June and information on what to expect when you visit.

We invite visitors to plan ahead by checking this website often before they travel.

Precautions

Parks Canada is encouraging all visitors to observe the advice and guidance of public health authorities and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some things you can do to help keep you, your family, and your neighbours healthy and safe.

  • Practice physical distancing by keeping a healthy space of two metres between you and others.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face. Use hand sanitizer when in public spaces where you must touch surfaces.
  • 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.
  • Abide by all travel advisories.

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.
  • Parks Canada will not be taking new reservations until at least June 22, 2020. 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.
Passes and permits
  • The sales of all passes has been temporarily suspended until further notice. Please check regularly for updates.
  • 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.

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