Effective Friday, March 27, vehicle access is temporarily suspended at access points to Alberta’s provincial parks and recreation areas for recreation purposes until further notice.
If a car is required to access a park or recreation area, do not go. Please do not leave vehicles on the side of the road or on private property. Walking, hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle use are still permitted on designated trails and users are reminded to practice physical distancing.
The restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and are the same restrictions that are currently in place at national parks.
Additionally, visitor services are suspended, and all facilities, including washrooms, are closed.
Now is not the time to visit our provincial parks or 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 our avid park visitors and recreationists. The COVID-19 virus is serious and we encourage Albertans to stay home and to go for a walk in their neighborhood- remembering to practice physical distancing (remaining two metres apart from others) at all times.
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 wellbeing and we hope Albertans will comply. Enforcement officers will be doing routine checks in provincial parks and recreation areas to support education and awareness with the public on the temporary closure. Officers can issue fines for non-compliance if required. Officers will also issue fines for littering.
The vehicle restriction will be in effect until we are confident the health and public safety risk from COVID-19 is reduced.
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.