Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home.
Parks Canada has announced that it is introducing additional measures to reduce the rate of spread of COVID-19. On March 19, 2020, Parks Canada suspended visitor services and closed its facilities to mitigate the risk due to COVID-19. In spite of this measure, number of visitors to the Parks Canada Parks remained very high.
Hence Parks Canada is introducing the following measures to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to all users of Parks Canada places.
- Temporarily suspending all 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 until further notice. Anyone considering a visit to a Parks Canada location, including those in urban areas, should cancel their plans as vehicle access for the purposes of visitor use will be suspended until further notice.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
- Commercial and through traffic is permitted on these corridors. Please note that parking is not permitted on highways and roadways.
- Parks Canada will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance and snow removal, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, as well as avalanche forecasting and control, among others.
- Indigenous traditional activities in Parks Canada locations will continue, but all users are asked to follow the advice of public health experts on social distancing.
- Local services are limited. Residents of townsites will still be permitted vehicular access, but those with recreational properties within national parks are strongly encouraged to stay home.
These measures are additional to steps taken last week and mean that all visitor parking facilities and associated services at Parks Canada places are closed until further notice.