Camping in Jasper National Park. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Camping in Jasper National Park. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Canada’s national parks, historic sites to be at least partially reopened by June 1

The gradual re-openings are to be accompanied by measures designed to ensure the safety of visitors and workers.

  • May. 14, 2020 12:00 a.m.

Some of Canada’s national parks will be opening as soon as June 1, but outdoor enthusiasts should anticipate a slow re-opening amid the ongoing pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday (May 14) that the federal government will take a phased-in approach to opening national parks and heritage sites. None will be open in time for the upcoming Victoria long weekend.

Since the deadly virus that causes COVID-19 sent the country into lockdown in mid-March, all national parks and historic sites have been closed, with visitor services and all motor vehicle access suspended.

The gradual re-openings are to be accompanied by measures designed to ensure the safety of visitors and workers.

Parks Canada oversees 38 parks and 171 historic sites – including seven parks and 90 other sites in B.C.

Trudeau said that parks may not re-open as quickly if in close proximity to First Nation reserves. Meanwhile, some parks will only partially re-open.

In B.C., some provincial parks are opening Thursday.

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More to come.


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