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31 national parks to open campgrounds for existing reservations next week

Canadians who have campground reservations in some national parks will be allowed to pitch their tents and pull in their trailers
Road and majestic mountain at Spiral Tunnels Viewpoint, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. Photo: Getty Images

OTTAWA — The federal environment minister says Canadians who have campground reservations in some national parks will be allowed to pitch their tents and pull in their trailers starting next week.

Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says camping will be allowed as early as Monday at many parks.

He says the campgrounds will initially only be available to visitors with existing reservations.

All national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas were closed at the end of March to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Many of the parks have been opened to day-use visitors since early June, but officials had said there would be no camping before June 21.

Due to restrictions on international travel, Wilkinson says staff will be cancelling reservations from international visitors — including those from the United States — until at least Aug. 7.

Here is a list of parks that are opening their campgrounds:

Newfoundland and Labrador:

— Terra Nova National Park

_ Gros Morne National Park

Nova Scotia:

_ Cape Breton Highlands National Park

— Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Prince Edward Island:

— Prince Edward Island National Park

New Brunswick:

— Kouchibouguac National Park

— Fundy National Park


— Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

— Forillon National Park

— La Mauricie National Park


— Thousand Islands National Park

— Bruce Peninsula National Park & Flowerpot Island (Fathom Five National Marine Park)

— Point Pelee National Park

— Pukaskwa National Park


— Riding Mountain National Park


— Prince Albert National Park

— Grasslands National Park


— Elk Island National Park

— Waterton Lakes National Park

— Banff National Park, including Lake Louise

— Jasper National Park

— Wood Buffalo National Park

British Columbia:

— Kootenay National Park

— Yoho National Park

— Glacier National Park

— Mount Revelstoke National Park

— Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

— Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Northwest Territories:

— Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve

— Wood Buffalo National Park

— Nahanni National Park Reserve


— Kluane National Park and Reserve

Source: Parks Canada

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 17, 2020