All hikers and outdoors-types rejoice, because we may soon be able to return to our national parks again! Both Banff and Jasper National Parks are aiming to reopen in June. Their timing is on point, because Canada just announced some other national parks will be reopening around that time, too.\nPrime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on May 14 that some national parks will be returning as early as Monday, June 1.\n"Getting fresh air is important, but we all have to be responsible about it," said Trudeau, adding that the parks will be opened depending on how severe the COVID-19 cases are in their regions.\nFollowing Justin Trudeau's announcement on Thursday, Banff and Lake Louise Tourism revealed that they too will be aiming for an opening date in June.*\n"This announcement is really aligned with what we're aiming for as well," Angela Anderson, director of media relations with Banff and Lake Louise Tourism, told Narcity.\n"Everyone is really excited to go into the summer being able to welcome visitors again," she added.\nMayor Karen Sorenson told Cochrane Today she asks tourists to keep away until at least June 1, while businesses prepare to reopen safely.\nThere'll be a ton of work before the two national parks finally reopen in June, she explained.\nThey'll have to figure out new measures to keep people safe, not to mention rehiring, and re-training staff in their businesses.\n⚠ Starting June 1, 2020 visitors can access some trails, day use areas, green spaces as well as lakes/waterways in certain PC places. ➡ https://t.co/BQbIOZ8E9P#WeMissYouToo ❤ but until then, our visitor facilities/vehicle parking remain closed. Thanks for your patience! pic.twitter.com/FWTTN9eNKU— Parks Canada (@ParksCanada) May 14, 2020\nSimilar messages came from Jasper, as the region prepares to reopen ASAP.\nMayor Richard Ireland of the Municipality of Jasper confirmed to CTV News that people should stay away until at least June.\n"We don’t want to overwhelm the healthcare professionals if the virus comes in and we become a hot pocket," he explained.\nWe know some of your best #MayLong moments come from Banff and Lake Louise, but this weekend, Banff National Park is not ready for your return. We are looking forward to welcoming you when it is safe to do so and are aiming for next month. pic.twitter.com/ucQs4ibefD— Banff & Lake Louise Tourism (@Banff_Squirrel) May 13, 2020\nThe city of Banff was one of the first Albertan cities to declare a local state of emergency and close off travel to tourists.\nBut despite this, people loved Banff so much the city actually had to set up checkpoints with RCMP to keep tourists out.\nAs small communities, Banff and Jasper are at extra risk of the novel coronavirus, as they lack the medical supplies to handle a major outbreak.\nHeading into the long weekend we want to remind you that @JasperNP is closed to all visitors. We strongly encourage you to stay home and avoid travel to Jasper this May long weekend. We look forward to welcoming you as soon as it’s safe for everyone.❤️ #StayHome #TravelTomorrow pic.twitter.com/o3esAhcg2h— Tourism Jasper (@TourismJasper) May 14, 2020\nWhile Trudeau and Parks Canada named June 1 as the official date of reopening, the PM said it'll be flexible depending on the areas and communities surrounding the parks.\nSome might take longer to reopen.\n"We will try and align with the local jurisdiction, what provincial parks nearby are going to be doing so that it is clear for people in terms of what they can do in their own particular region," he concluded.\nWhile it's still too early to say exactly what the reopening will look like, Anderson did tell Narcity that "the Banff that people know and love will look a little bit different."\nGet ready hikers and nature-lovers, summer is just around the corner! \n*An earlier version of this article misrepresented exactly when the parks will reopen. While both parks intend to reopen in June, details are yet to be finalized. It has been updated with accurate information.\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.