Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced that national parks will resume some operations from June 1.
Wilkinson says some trails, day use areas, green spaces and recreational boating will be available starting June 1 at national parks, historic sites and waterways and national marine conservation areas.
Camping in parks will remain off-limits at least until June 21, when the federal government will reassess whether it should be allowed.
All national parks and sites have been closed for more than a month to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Admission to Parks Canada places is not free. Canadians are encouraged to plan ahead and check with the Parks Canada website for more information.
Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes for the full duration of the suspension period. 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.
What is Open on June 1 – Partial Reopening
- Starting June 1, 2020, Parks Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada will offer limited visitor access and basic services at some national parks, national wildlife areas, national historic sites, heritage canals, and marine conservation areas across the country. There will also be a gradual resumption of some key field-based ecological and cultural protection activities.
- In provinces and territories that have not opened their parks as a result of continuing concerns about the novel coronavirus, or where Indigenous partners or communities are uncomfortable with the resumption of visitor services, federal protected places will remain closed. This includes some ongoing closures of parks in the territories.
Visitors will be able to access outdoor settings such as:
- Some day-use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and
- Some day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas, and some beach areas;
- Some grounds of national historic sites and heritage canals;
- Some boat launches or access points to lakes and water-based recreation; and
- Some locks, boat launches, access points and mooring areas on historic waterways.
Visitors should check the Parks Canada or Environment and Climate Change Canada websites to learn more about what is available and how to plan and prepare for their visit.
- Access and services will vary. Some public toilets and other visitor facilities may be open.
- Visitors should expect limited levels of service and limited access to visitor facilities compared to previous years.
- Some parking lots will be open. However, some may remain closed or reduced in size to facilitate levels of visitation that allow for physical distancing or other health, safety, or conservation measures.
- Measures will be in place to manage garbage collection, washroom facilities and protect natural and cultural resources.
- Some recreational boating and water access may be allowed, including lockage, docks, mooring and boat launches. In some places, fishing may be allowed.
PARKS CANADA CAMPING TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL JUNE 21
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 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.
- All group events and interpretive activities remain suspended until further notice.
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— With Files from the Canadian Press