If you’ve been dreaming of spending the summer camping with your BFF’s, you might have to take a rain check. On Wednesday, Parks Canada confirmed that camping, special events and all group activities have been cancelled at Canada’s national parks. The government agency confirmed that these measures will remain in place until June, “at least.”

In a statement on April 14, Parks Canada announced that they would be shutting-down many of their springtime operations, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Parks Canada is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and its employees,” the notice stated. 

To encourage Canadians to stay at home and practice physical distancing, Parks Canada explained that many of their services would be closed, including information desks and camping facilities.

“Camping, group activities and events at all national parks, national historic sites, heritage canals and national marine conservation areas are suspended until at least May 31, 2020,” the agency confirmed.

All visitor services, including reception desks, information centres and lockage and mooring spaces, will be closed to the general public.

Facilities such as washrooms, day use areas, picnic spaces and visitor centres will also be unavailable for use.

Parks Canada also added that they will not be taking any new reservations for camping or events, until at least June 1, 2020.

“All existing reservations set to take place prior to May 31, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full,” the agency confirmed on Wednesday.

Although Parks Canada intends to have national parks up-and-running again as soon as possible, they're urging people to be mindful when making future plans, as the COVID-19 situation is always changing.

"While the Agency looks forward to resuming services, anyone planning a visit should be aware that these measures may extend beyond May 2020 and any resumption of services will take time or be incremental in nature," Parks Canada explained.

As disappointing as this is, it's better to be safe than sorry!

Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed in a press conference that all of Canada’s national parks would be closed until further notice.

While this closure was initially only expected to last one month, it seems Canadians could be waiting for several more weeks before they can return to their favourite spots.

Parks Canada confirmed on Wednesday that vehicle access is currently prohibited, and that will remain the case "until further notice."

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