Locals-Only Camping Opens Soon In Alberta & No One From Out Of Province is Allowed

Reservations start next week.
Staff Writer
Camping In Alberta Is Locals-Only For Now & Will Be Reopening Next Month

Not all your favourite summer activities have to be put on hold this year. Alberta Parks is reopening campgrounds next month and you can start booking your reservation next week. There is a catch, however. It’s for locals only. If you're interested in going camping in Alberta, it seems like you need to be a resident to make the cut.

If you're a local who's been having some serious cabin fever while cooped up indoors, you're in luck. Alberta Parks has announced that they'll slowly start reopening campgrounds starting next month and you can book your spots right away. 

This announcement comes just days after they announced that Albertans could now use the hiking trails. 

According to the park service website, the online camping reservation system will be reopening on Thursday, May 14 for bookings. 

All reservations will be starting Monday, June 1. 

We'll give you a minute to jump for joy before we lay down the rules for you. 

The update reads that there will still be extra steps in place to ensure everyone is safe during the pandemic. 

This means that there will be a 50% occupancy capacity to ensure that physical distancing protocols are still in place. 

The campgrounds will also only be available to locals. This means that no one from outside the province will be allowed to camp until further notice. 

A day before the reservations open, a list of campgrounds that are accessible will be posted on the Alberta Parks website. 

At this time, the park service is anticipating being able to open more campsites come Monday, June 15, as they're able to get more staff in place and set up with protective gear. 

It's important to note that national parks are not yet open. So if you had plans to visit Banff National Park, you're going to have to wait a little bit longer. 

But that doesn't mean you can't have fun this summer. 

While Alberta is starting to reopen the province slowly, there are still some officials who want the public to err on the side of caution. 

Calgary's mayor, for instance, has stated that people should only leave the house for one of five key reasons including getting groceries or working.

Despite restrictions loosening up, people are still encouraged to practice social distancing and to stay home when feeling sick, even if they don’t think they have COVID-19.

As for the re-opening of parks, we're more than welcome to explore the open parks in Alberta, but there are some new rules in place.

For example, we should only hike with people from our household and shouldn't stop to get food or gas on the way. 

As is the case with all health mandates right now, these rules and restrictions remain in place until further notice from the provincial and federal governments.

Stephanie Hilash
Staff Writer
Stephanie Hilash is a guest staff writer
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