The National Parks are Opening on June 1 – Plan & Prepare for Your Visit

Category: Plan + Prepare

Our National Parks are opening on June 1 – but not all amenities and facilities will be available for your family to enjoy. To help you plan and prepare for a visit, I have provided links to the four Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks: Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper National Parks.

General Information Directly From The Parks Canada Website:

  • Starting June 1, visitors will be permitted to access some trails, day-use areas, and green spaces at some locations. Until then, all suspensions of visitor services and closures of facilities announced in March remain in place.
  • For their own safety, visitors should not try to access locations that are closed.
  • All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Group activities and public events will be prohibited until further notice. All existing reservations set to take place prior to June 21, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.
  • Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
  • Parks Canada will coordinate the resumption of services with Indigenous partners, communities, provinces and territories and respect their concerns about COVID-19.  

What Will Be Open In The Parks?

Click on the name of the park you want to visit and navigate to the What is Open section for each park. Some parks, like Banff and Jasper, will require more scrolling and clicking onto additional links than others.

Banff National Park

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Roam Transit is running buses will have limited seating to allow for distancing.

Banff Lake Louise Tourism has updated information on their site

Jasper National Park

Pyramid Loop Lookout, Jasper National Park #sharethechair

Tourism Jasper regularly updates their site.

Yoho National Park

Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park #sharethechair

Kootenay National Park

Dog Lake, Kootenay National Park

Radium Hot Springs & the Columbia Valley tourism website also keeps an updated list of services and businesses open in the area.

Waterton Lakes National Park

Cameron Falls, Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Tourism is also updating their website so you can plan before you go.

Please remember to follow the Leave No Trace guidelines and be Wildsmart.

Don’t’ forget to bring your own family COVID 19 kit:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Garbage bags to pack your garbage and bring it back home, particularly if the trailhead bins are full
  • Masks if you will be close to other non-family members
  • Small first aid kit for minor owies, bumps and bruises

Make sure you pack extra food, water and all appropriate hiking gear. Fill up your gas tank before you leave.

Happy Hiking!

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