How to visit during COVID-19
As we begin to gradually re-open Parks Canada places, our priority is to keep you, our visitors, and our employees healthy and safe. Some of our places will begin offering limited visitor access and basic services. This means your visit will be different this year than in past years.
Find out which specific locations are open and how to plan for your visit and stay safe during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Before you go, be prepared
Preparations for visitor access may take more time at some locations and the advice of local, provincial/territorial public health experts may vary. This means that levels of visitor access may differ at Parks Canada places across the country and openings at some locations may be delayed.
While your Parks Canada vacation may be a little different from what you’re used to, we’re here to help you have a memorable and safe experience. Some public toilets and other visitor facilities may be open, but expect limited levels of service and limited access to visitor facilities compared to previous years.
- Download or print maps and other visitor information ahead of time.
- Purchase a Parks Canada Discovery Pass or single location pass online before you go.
- Avoid popular places and times, and high-risk activities.
- Bring hygiene supplies, such as alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, a table cloth and/or picnic blanket, and a non-medical mask or face covering.
- Bring your own water and food as facilities may be closed.
How to protect yourself and others
Your health and safety, and that of Parks Canada team members, is of the utmost importance to us. Remember to follow public health authority guidance and advice for your area, including travel advisories. Most importantly, stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with the virus.
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.
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. Wear a non-medical mask or face covering indoors. 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.
Non-medical masks and face coverings
If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.
We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. When you visit a Parks Canada place, you may see signs reminding you that this is what we recommend. An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.
Stay close to home and visit virtually
Canadians are encouraged to stay in their own communities and avoid non-essential travel. This is a great time to explore natural and cultural treasures close to home. Try visiting less popular parks and sites. Go early in the morning or later in the afternoon.