Visiting Alberta Parks in 2021
We know Alberta Parks play an important role in both the physical and mental well-being of Albertans. We need your help to keep parks safe and accessible:
- Please visit Alberta's COVID-19 Information for Albertans for the latest information.
- We continue to implement safety precautions required to keep staff and users safe. Those include precautions advised by Alberta Health.
- Don’t visit if you’re sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Check local communities’ restrictions before you head out.
- Continue to wash/sanitize your hands before and after using high-touch shared amenities like washrooms, bear bins, self check-in stations, boat launches, docks, water fill stations and dumping stations.
- Publicly accessible indoor facility capacity is restricted to 1/3 fire code occupancy; physical distancing of 2m between households and masks are required.
- Outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 20 people.
- Plan ahead to ensure you have enough food, water and toilet paper. With high use, it’s sometimes difficult for us to keep up with demand, so bring your own hand sanitizer.
- Leave no trace; pack out what you pack in. This will keep our parks clean and reduce the potential for human-wildlife encounters.
- Visit early in the day so you can head somewhere else if a parking lot is full and do not park on the shoulder of roads. If parking lots are full, please consider visiting at a different time.
- When heading into the backcountry, be extra cautious and stay within your limits, knowledge, skill and physical ability.
2021 Camping Season
Supporting the safety and enjoyment of campers and visitors to Alberta Parks is our primary focus.
- Open/Close dates vary by campground, so please check the campground's information page to view available services and amenities before you go.
- Some facilities remain closed, so staff can focus on supporting visitor safety and other services.
- Outhouses continue to be available at all of the sites that do not have their flush toilets in operation.
- Group camping is open. Group camping areas that can take more than 5 units will permit additional units up to the maximum as posted on their web page. Additional fees can be paid upon arrival at the park. Per the current COVID-19 outdoor social gathering restrictions, group camping sites are limited to a maximum of 20 people.
- Shared sites with shared amenities, like picnic tables and fire pits, will continue to accept a single reservation at a time.
Know Before You Go!
- Before heading out to an Alberta Park or to recreate on public land, do your research.
- Cell phone coverage is limited or non-existent in most of our parks.
- Check individual park pages for advisories and the latest status on facility services within Alberta Parks.
- Alberta Parks Visitor Centres are open across the province, including the Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre, Cypress Hills Visitor Centre and Canmore Nordic Centre for information, washroom use and takeaway food service (where available).
- Contact Alberta Parks with any questions or comments related to Alberta Parks response to COVID-19. Questions specific to recreation on public land can be directed to Public Lands.
Stay safe and have fun!