Parks Canada suspends camping until at least May 31

Parks Canada says there will be no camping or group activities at all national parks across the country until at least June.

On April 15, Parks Canada updated their COVID-19 response, announcing that they are suspending “camping, group activities, and events across the country until at least May 31, 2020.”

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From Parks Canada:

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada suspends camping, group activities and events across the country until May 31, 2020.

Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home.

The current suspension of visitor services and vehicle access and the temporary closure of visitor facilities will remain in place until further notice.

It means that :

  • 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 centers are closed until further notice;
  • All camping facilities, including backcountry camping, oTENTik tents and other types of roofed accommodation, remain closed until further notice.
  • All group and interpretation events and activities are canceled at least until May 31, 2020;
  • Parks Canada will not take new bookings until June 1, 2020. All existing bookings made before May 31, 2020 will be automatically canceled and fully refunded.

The highways and roads that cross Parks Canada sites will remain open.

Parks Canada will continue to provide key services to Canadians, including road maintenance, fire services, dam operations and water management for historic canals, and avalanche control, among others.

During the shutdown, park staff will still be providing what are considered critical services, which includes “highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.”

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