The Government of Alberta announced a relaunch strategy, which includes vehicle access to parks and public land, and the June 1 re-opening of Alberta Parks’ campgrounds.
Effective May 1, vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas in provincial parks is open.
This means in addition to walking or biking in, you can also leave your vehicle in a designated parking space, but you’ll need to be prepared as your parks experience will be a little different due to COVID-19.
Not all services will be open right away. Washrooms and garbage pickup aren’t available yet and we will not be opening our campgrounds until June 1.
We’re busy staffing up so we can clean washrooms and plan for garbage services. It will take time to get these services in place. Please be prepared to pack out what you pack in when visiting our provincial parks and public land.
Know before you go to our parks and public land. Plan ahead to ensure you have enough food, water, toilet paper and remember to have sanitizer on hand. Check this website for the latest status on facility services and campground openings.
We need your cooperation while we re-open our parks and campgrounds. If you’re visiting our parks or public land, respect the land, pack out what you pack in and leave everything as you found it. Remember, a fire ban is still in place in our provincial parks and in the Forest Protection Area. Check AlbertaParks.ca/FireBans for more information.
We recognize many Albertans want to get outside, but we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, so we’re encouraging anyone visiting our parks and public land for recreation purposes to make sure you’re always following public health guidelines.
Everyone needs to work together to minimize the chance of a second wave of the virus by ensuring we are physical distancing, wearing masks when that’s possible and not gathering in groups.
Although we’re easing restrictions, we really need your cooperation to ensure we don’t have to bring them back. Please ensure your visit to our parks is safe. The last thing we want to do is re-impose restrictions on outdoor recreation – so plan ahead, and if the parking lots look full, come back later or visit another day.
We’ll be letting you know through this website when services become available and campgrounds open. We ask for your patience – our relaunch of campgrounds and parks services will come online as soon as possible, but it will not be all at the same time.
Your cooperation will go a long way to help us open sites and services in the days and weeks ahead. Let our staff do the important work of bringing sites back into service. Thank you for your patience and understanding during our phased approach to bring our large provincial parks system back to service.
Our online campsite reservation system re-opened May 14 for campsite bookings June 1 onward. We’re still dealing with COVID-19, so extra steps need to be taken this summer to ensure everyone’s safety.
Campsite reservations for June 1 onward can be made at Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca.
Government and parks’ staff are working hard to make our campsites available as soon as possible so that Albertans can enjoy our parks again while adhering to current health orders. Again, at this time, sites are open to Albertans only. We anticipate opening more campsites as we get more staff in place with the proper protective gear.
Alberta Parks will notify by email and fully refund all customers with existing camping reservations from May 19-31, including comfort camping reservations. Customers are advised that refunds will occur in multiple transactions. For example, camping fees will be refunded separately from the reservation fee. Transactions may take up to two weeks for processing. Thank you for your patience during this time.
Alberta Health has cleared private and municipal campgrounds to operate under current health guidelines. Contact Alberta Health for further details.
We are opening boat launches as quickly as possible, pending ice and water conditions.
If you are an Alberta resident between the ages of 16 and 65, you must obtain an Alberta angling licence to fish. Non-residents must obtain an Alberta angling licence regardless of age. The Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations has detailed information on season and catch limits. More information on fishing in Alberta's Parks. Make sure you purchase your licence online.
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 and put public safety staff at risk, including exposure to COVID-19, which could then impact resources to support search and rescue. This applies to all Alberta Parks’ backcountry areas.
We know our parks play an important role in both the physical and mental well-being of Albertans. We need your help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 so our parks can stay open, safe and accessible.
We are also asking Albertans to:
We’re all in this together. Thank you for helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by following these guidelines.
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.