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Camping reservations for national parks cancelled

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Apr 15, 2020 at 10:20 am PDT

FILE - Wild plains bison cross the Panther River in Banff National Park. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Parks Canada, Dan Rafla)
Summary

Existing reservations will automatically be cancelled and refunded

No reservations will be taken until June 1

Highways and roadways that pass through Parks Canada spaces will remain open

(NEWS 1130) — Camping and enjoying national parks is going to have to wait until at least the end of May.

The federal government has cancelled events, group activities and camping for the next few months due to COVID-19.

“Parks Canada is calling on Canadians to stay home,” says a message on its website.

No reservations will be taken until June 1 and existing reservations will automatically be cancelled and refunded.

The closures mean no vehicle access to the parks, but pedestrians and cyclists can still use limited trails.

Highways and roadways that pass through Parks Canada spaces will remain open.

Parks Canada 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.

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