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Last updated: 5:00 PM EST on June 17, 2020


Resumption of Services and Access

Are all of the day use visitor facilities open at all Parks Canada places?

Parks Canada operates a wide variety of federal protected places across Canada and preparations may take more time at some locations. There may also be different measures in place for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in different jurisdictions. This means that visitor access, services, and opening dates may vary across the country.

Visitors should not expect the kind of experience that they have had in the past. Parks Canada is adapting to the COVID-19 situation and visitor access and services will be limited.

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what locations are open, what visitors can expect, how to prepare for their visit and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they travel.

Are trails at Parks Canada places open?

Visitors are permitted to access some trails, day use areas, and green spaces. Those who choose to access open trails must obey all signage and closures. They must follow the advice of public health experts on things like hand hygiene and physical distancing. They must also be conservative in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response. They must leave no trace and remove their garbage.

Visitors should not expect the kind of experience that they have had in the past. Parks Canada is adapting to the COVID-19 situation and visitor access and services will be limited.

Some trails at Parks Canada locations will remain closed for public safety, for the protection of ecological or cultural resources, because of human-wildlife interaction concerns, or limited search and rescue capacity.

Are lockage and mooring on heritage waterways available?

As of June 1, 2020, recreational boating and water access is allowed at some locations. This includes lockage, docks, mooring and boat launches.

The Parks Canada website provides information on what locations are open, what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they travel.

Visitors should not expect the kind of experience that they have had in the past. Parks Canada is adapting to the COVID-19 situation and visitor access and services will be limited.

Did national marine conservation areas also resume operations on June 1?

The resumption of operations in national marine conservation areas may take more time in order to respect the various jurisdictions and regulations that apply to these protected areas.

Did national historic sites open on June 1?

Some national historic sites with grounds, trails and gardens which allow for physical distancing, opened to the public on June 1, 2020. However, heritage buildings will remain closed and many visitor centres will be closed or partially closed until further notice.

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what locations are open, what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they visit a national historic site.

Is fishing now permitted in national parks?

Recreational fishing may be allowed at some Parks Canada places. Please call ahead to ensure fishing permits are available and or can be validated.

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what locations are open, what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they travel.

Camping

Is Parks Canada opening all campgrounds in all national parks?

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

Parks Canada will begin to gradually offer camping services at some national parks across the country starting on June 22, 2020, and will assess opening additional campgrounds as the summer progresses. Depending on local circumstances, it is possible that some campgrounds will remain closed for the season.

Visitors should not expect the kind of experience that they have had in the past. Parks Canada’s network of protected places is large and diverse. Visitor access, services, and opening dates for camping will vary across the country depending on local circumstances.

Will roofed accommodations such as oTENTiks, yurts and rustic cabins open?

Roofed accommodations will only become available at select locations later in the season.

Will backcountry camping open?

Some back country camping will gradually resume beginning on June 22.

Will I be able to camp without a reservation?

Visitors will need to have a reservation to camp at a Parks Canada place. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds in the coming weeks.

Will Parks Canada be honouring out of province camping reservations?

Once camping resumes, Parks Canada will honour out of province/territory camping reservations. However, visitors must follow local and provincial or territorial travel restrictions, including requirements for self-isolation. Visitors must be aware of any travel restrictions or requirements and plan well in advance.

Due to the nature of shared and common spaces at Parks Canada campgrounds, visitors must complete any requirements for self-isolation before arriving to camp at a Parks Canada place. It is not possible to complete self-isolation periods at Parks Canada campgrounds.

The demand from Canadians to go camping is high this summer. Parks Canada encourages campers who do not think they will be using their reservation to cancel early so that others can benefit. Visitors who made reservations prior to Parks Canada’s suspension of visitor services in March will get a full refund of all associated fees should they be cancelled.

Will reservations held by international visitors be honoured?

Given limitations on international travel, all existing reservations from international visitors (including visitors from the United States of America) arriving up to and including August 7, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.

If a quarantine or self-isolation period is required for people entering a province, will I be able to quarantine or self-isolate at a Parks Canada campground?

Visitors must follow local and provincial or territorial travel restrictions, including provincial/territorial requirements for self-isolation. Visitors to Parks Canada places must be aware of any travel restrictions or requirements and plan well in advance.

Due to the nature of shared and common spaces at Parks Canada campgrounds, visitors must complete any provincial or territorial requirements for self-isolation before arriving to camp at a Parks Canada place. It is not possible to complete self-isolation periods at Parks Canada campgrounds.

If I decide not to travel and cancel my campsite reservation, will I be charged a cancellation fee?

Visitors who made reservations prior to Parks Canada’s suspension of visitor services in March will get a full refund of all associated fees should they cancel.

Any new reservations made once the Parks Canada Reservation Service relaunches in the coming weeks are subject to the standard reservation, change and cancellation fees.

Will Parks Canada be accepting reservations once the campgrounds open?

Initially, camping will be limited to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will make online reservations available for some campgrounds starting in the coming weeks. Visit our website regularly for more information.

Will there be any group or interpretation activities taking place at campgrounds?

At this time, Parks Canada will not be offering interpretation programming, events or group activities in campgrounds. Communal facilities such as amphitheaters and fire circles will remain closed until further notice. Parks Canada will continuously assess its offer to visitors during the operating season and may make adjustments or add services should local circumstances permit.

Health and Safety

What precautions will be put in place at Parks Canada places to ensure the health and safety of visitors?

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.

Cleaning frequency will be increased and the recommended number of people permitted in a facility at the same time will be limited. Visitors will notice new signage reminding them of physical distancing recommendations and other health and safety protocols, including waiting outside facilities.

Only those places where measures can be implemented to minimize healthy and safety risks will be open to the public. Some facilities and services will remain closed.

Fees and reservations

Will Parks Canada be charging entrance fees at this time?

Yes, Parks Canada will be charging entrance fees.

The Agency is working to ensure that measures are in place to safely collect fees and protect the health of employees and visitors. Canadians are encouraged to plan ahead before they visit and check with the Parks Canada website for more information.

Parks Canada may not be charging fees at some places where fee collection cannot be done while ensuring the safety of visitors and Parks Canada team members. Fees may not be collected at some places where there is a limited visitor offer and at many national historic sites where only the grounds or gardens are open.

Will people be refunded for canceled reservations or activities?

All existing reservations for dates between now and June 21, 2020, will be 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.

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

Will Parks Canada continue to take reservations for the summer and autumn?

Parks Canada will cease taking new reservations for camping, accommodation and activities until June 21, 2020, while we assess whether and how these services may be provided. All reservations up to June 21, 2020, will be cancelled and fully refunded without cancellation fees.

Will people be refunded for passes?

For current pass holders, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes for the full duration of the suspension period.

For visitors who hold a Discovery Pass which was valid in March 2020, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of these Discovery Passes by 4 months. This covers the three-month suspension of visitor services, plus the gradual resumption of visitor services during the month of June.

For example, a Discovery Pass that would have originally expired March 2020 will now expire July 2020. Similarly, a Discovery Pass that would have expired September 2020 will now expire January 2021.

I already own a pass. Should I request a refund?

Parks Canada will extend the validity of all current passes for a period equivalent to the full duration of the temporary suspension of visitor services. For visitors who hold a Discovery Pass which was valid in March 2020, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of these Discovery Passes by 4 months. This covers the three-month suspension of visitor services, plus the gradual resumption of visitor services during the month of June.

Current pass holders do not need to take any additional action.

Can I currently buy an annual pass?

Management plans

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.