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COVID-19: Parks Canada suspends camping, group activities, and events across the country


Parks Canada suspends camping – Parks Canada is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and its employees. The Agency is calling on Canadians to stay home and help limit the spread of COVID-19. Camping, group activities and events at all national parks, national historic sites, heritage canals and national marine conservation areas are suspended until at least May 31, 2020. The current suspension of visitor services and vehicle access by visitors, as well as the temporary closure of visitor facilities, will remain in place until further notice.

Can I go camping in Canada?

  • 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 suspends camping
Parks Canada suspends camping

These measures are necessary to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce health and safety risks to all Canadians. While the Agency looks forward to resuming services, anyone planning a visit should be aware that these measures may extend beyond May 2020 and any resumption of services will take time or be incremental in nature.   

When will Parks Canada open?

Even though Parks Canada will remain closed until May 31, 2020 (or longer), it 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.  

Detailed information on Parks Canada places and the measures the Agency is taking to limit the spread of COVID-19 can be found at pc.gc.ca. Please check regularly for updates. 

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