Canadians hoping to get out into the wild and enjoy an outdoor getaway will have to wait a little longer as Parks Canada says they “ask Canadians to stay home.”
On April 15, Parks Canada updated its COVID-19 response, announcing it was suspending “camping, group activities and events across the country until at least May 31, 2020”.
Campsite reservations will now not be available until at least June 1, 2020. Those with existing reservations for dates prior to May 31st will be automatically canceled and fully refunded.
In addition, the current suspension of visitor services, vehicle access to Parks Canada sites and the temporary closure of visitor facilities will remain in place for the time being.
This means that facilities such as toilets, parking lots and day-use areas will remain closed, along with all camping facilities. The reception centers are also closed.
Highways and roads that cross Parks Canada places will, however, remain open.
“We are following the advice of public health experts and taking action to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees and other users of Park spaces. Canada, âsaid Parks Canada.
However, Parks Canada says it will always provide what are considered essential services, which include “road maintenance, fire response, dam operation and water management on the site. historic waterways, avalanche control, among others â.