Alberta Closes Vehicle Access to All Provincial Parks

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Alberta Government has announced that it is closing vehicle access to all provincial parks as part of aggressive measures to combat the rapid rate of spread of COVID-19.

The restrictions is effective March 27 at 1 p.m. Enforcement officers will be doing routine checks in provincial parks and on public land to support education and awareness on the temporary closure.

WHAT IS CLOSED

  • All motor vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas. Albertans should choose recreation opportunities close to home, like going for a walk in their neighbourhood, but if they do travel to provincial parks or recreation sites, access is by non-motorized means only.
  • All Alberta Parks’ recreation facilities, programs, events, and bookings are closed to the public and/or cancelled until May 1.

WHAT IS ALLOWED

  • The restrictions do not apply to forestry or oil and gas operations.
  • Access for First Nations and identified Metis Harvesters is still permitted. Physical distancing and mass gathering restrictions still apply.

Fines for Non-compliance

Officers can issue fines for non-compliance if required. Improperly disposed of garbage and waste also has the potential to draw wildlife, like bears coming out of hibernation, close to facilities and amenities, which creates an issue for when provincial parks resume normal operations. Fines of up to $250 for littering will be issued to users who dispose of garbage improperly.

Parks Canada also has closed motor vehicle access by visitors at all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

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