Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
While some Parks Canada places remain open, others are fully or partially closed in the fall and winter seasons. Access to visitor facilities and services may be limited.
Specific Parks Canada locations
The specific Parks Canada locations listed below have special instructions.
- Fort Langley National Historic Site
- Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
- Fort St. James National Historic Site
- Glacier National Park
- Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
- Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
- Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve
- Kootenay National Park
- Mount Revelstoke National Park
- Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
- Yoho National Park
Ontario and Quebec
- Bellevue House National Historic Site
- Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site
- Bruce Peninsula National Park
- Fathom Five National Marine Park
- Fort George National Historic Site
- Fort Malden National Historic Site
- Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site
- Fort Wellington National Historic Site
- Georgian Bay Islands National Park
- HMCS Haida National Historic Site
- Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
- Laurier House National Historic Site
- Point Pelee National Park
- Pukaskwa National Park
- Rouge National Urban Park
- Rideau Canal National Historic Site
- Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site
- Thousand Islands National Park
- Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site
- Woodside National Historic Site
- Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site
- Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site
- Carillon Barracks National Historic Site
- Carillon Canal National Historic Site
- Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site
- Chambly Canal National Historic Site
- Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site
- Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site
- Forillon National Park
- Fort Chambly National Historic Site
- Fort Lennox National Historic Site
- Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site
- The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site
- Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site
- Lachine Canal National Historic Site
- La Mauricie National Park
- Lévis Forts National Historic Site
- Louis-Joseph Papineau National Historic Site
- Louis S. St-Laurent National Historic Site
- Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
- Obadjiwan–Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site
- Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site
- Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park
- Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
- Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site
- Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
- Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site
- Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site
- Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
- Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Sites
- Canso Islands National Historic Site
- Cape Breton Highlands National Park
- Fort Anne National Historic Site
- Fort Edward National Historic Site
- Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
- Georges Island National Historic Site
- Grand-Pré National Historic Site
- Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
- Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
- Marconi National Historic Site
- Melanson Settlement National Historic Site
- Port-Royal National Historic Site
- Sable Island National Park Reserve
- St. Peters Canal National Historic Site
- York Redoubt National Historic Site
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland and Labrador
- Akami-Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve
- Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
- Castle Hill National Historic Site
- Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site
- Gros Morne National Park
- L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
- Port au Choix National Historic Site
- Red Bay National Historic Site
- Ryan Premises National Historic Site
- Signal Hill National Historic Site
- Terra Nova National Park
- Torngat Mountains National Park
Is it safe to visit a Parks Canada place?
Your health, safety and precautions to follow when visiting
The health and safety of visitors, employees, and all Canadians is of the utmost importance. Parks Canada will be following the advice of public health experts and implementing measures for cleaning, hygiene, and physical distancing at all places open for visitation. Only those places where measures can be implemented to minimize healthy and safety risks will be open to the public.
At all times, follow personal public health practices consistently such as frequently cleaning your hands with soap and water, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve, and respecting physical distancing.
If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.
We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.
Additionally, enjoy parks and sites responsibly:
- Avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces as much as possible. Carry your own supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, and a cover for picnic tables.
- Let others know of your intention to pass on pathways or trails, so that you can maintain a 2-metre distance from others. Signal others using your voice or a bell. Remember to be kind and considerate of others.
- Yield to oncoming users where space is narrow. Let others move out of bridges, platforms and other narrow spaces before entering.
- Step off trails to let others pass where possible. But please try to avoid stepping on vegetation and stay on trails unless letting others pass.
- Slow down on trails. Speed increases user conflicts and risks of injuries. Adjust your distance from others based on their speed to maintain physical distancing.
- Be respectful of others. Keep prescribed 2-metre distance from others while lining up, and respect the maximum use capacity in facilities.
- Pack in and pack out. Keep our places clean, pick up your litter and dispose of it by using appropriate garbage containers or take your waste home.
- Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep our places clean.
- Abide by all travel advisories.
What is the current situation in Parks Canada?
This is an evolving situation. Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada Coronavirus disease page and the Twitter page of Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, for the latest information.
Will there be refunds in light of closures?
The camping experience at Parks Canada will be different than in previous years. Visitors are required to have a reservation in order to camp at a Parks Canada place.
Given current limitations on international travel, existing reservations from international visitors, including visitors from the United States of America, up to and including October 5, 2020, will be cancelled and automatically refunded in full.
Canadians who plan to travel outside of their home province to camp at or visit a Parks Canada destination must follow the applicable provincial or territorial travel restrictions including any requirements for self-isolation. It is not possible to self-isolate at Parks Canada campgrounds.
Roofed accommodations such as yurts and oTENTiks will only become available at select locations later in the season. Visitors will have access to some trails, day use areas, green spaces, and some recreational boating.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the Parks Canada website dedicated to camping during COVID-19, plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit.
Fees, passes and permits
For current pass holders, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes for the full duration of the suspension period. That means that 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.
You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.
We are working to ensure that measures are in place to safely collect fees while protecting health and safety. Please plan accordingly and check the pages of Parks Canada places near you for more information.
With increased volume to mail and package delivery services during this global pandemic, shipping timelines cannot be guaranteed. Parks Canada will temporarily accept printed email confirmations that show a valid entry pass or permit. The printed email confirmation can be used until one month from date of purchase or until you receive your pass in the mail.
Parks Canada and COVID-19
- FAQ - Frequently asked questions
- How to visit during COVID-19
- Camping during COVID-19
- Parks Canada commercial rent relief program