Parks Canada suspends camping, group activities and events until end of May

The Agency is urging Canadians to stay home and limit the spread of COVID-19

Canada’s national parks are off limits.

Parks Canada said in a statement today that camping, group activities and events at all national parks, national historic sites, heritage canals and national marine conservation areas are suspended until May 31.

The current suspension of visitor services and vehicle access by visitors, as well as temporary closure of visitor facilities, will remain in place 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 1, 2020. All existing reservations set to take place prior to May 31, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.

Parks Canada said the measures are being taken to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce health and safety risks to all Canadians. The Agency said anyone planning a visit should be aware these measures may extended beyond May 2020 and any resumption in services will take time or be incremental in nature.

 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. 

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