Effective Friday, March 27, vehicle access to Alberta’s provincial parks, and to parking lots and staging areas on public land is temporarily suspended due to public safety concerns resulting from COVID-19.
Included in the vehicle access closures are provincial recreation areas and public land recreation areas, where parking lots and staging areas exist. Additionally, Alberta Parks visitor services are suspended, and all facilities, including washrooms, are closed.
The restrictions are the same as those at Parks Canada. Many other jurisdictions across the country are implementing similar measures.
If you have plans to visit one of these areas in the coming days, and if a vehicle is required to access a park or public land, do not go. Please consider staying closer to home.
The suspension will be in effect until we are confident the health and public safety risk from COVID-19 is reduced. Albertans should be prepared for these restrictions to still be in place well after the May long weekend.
Walking, hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle use are still permitted on legal trails, but not by access from parking lots and staging areas. Users are reminded to practice physical distancing and avoid mass gatherings. Please do not leave vehicles on the side of the road or on private property.
Now is not the time to visit our provincial parks or public land recreation areas. If you have plans to visit one of these areas in the coming days, please cancel your plans.
We recognize this news is disappointing to outdoor recreationists, however; the safety of our parks visitors, staff and volunteers and minimizing the spread of COVID-19 is our top priority.
This is about everyone’s safety and well-being and we hope Albertans will comply. Enforcement officers will be doing routine checks to support education and awareness with the public on the temporary closures. Officers can issue fines for non-compliance if required.
Online reservations for comfort, backcountry and individual campsites for the summer season can still be booked at Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca. We will continue to assess COVID-19 impacts on the summer camping season.
The Kananaskis Country public safety team is asking for cooperation from Kananaskis backcountry users. Backcountry use has the potential to add unnecessary stress to the health care system, put public safety staff at risk, including to exposure to COVID-19, which could then impact resources to support search and rescue. This applies to all Alberta Parks’ backcountry areas.
Canada’s shared national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 has meant changes for everyone. Many stakeholders and collaborators are experiencing significant challenges due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, and our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this global challenge. We are grateful for your collaboration during this time.
The information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) continues to change. For up-to-date and accurate information on the Government of Alberta’s response to COVID-19 please visit COVID-19 coronavirus info for Albertans.