Visiting during COVID
We know our Alberta 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 asking Albertans to:
- Continue to practice physical distancing – stay 2 metres apart when you can.
- Recreate with your cohort. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.
- Don’t visit if you’re sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Bring a cloth mask and wear it in all high use areas when you are unable to physically distance 2 meters, whether you are walking, skating, skiing, etc., and in all public facilities.
- Bring your own hand sanitizer and tissues. Plan ahead to ensure you have enough food, water and toilet paper.
- Wash or sanitize your hands before and after using high-touch shared amenities like washrooms, bear bins, self check-in stations, boat launches, docks, water fill stations and dumping stations.
- Follow all COVID-19 Information for Albertans and the advice of public health experts to protect yourself and others during this pandemic.
- Leave no trace; pack out what you pack in. This will keep our parks clean and reduce the potential for human-wildlife encounters.
- Visit early in the day so you can head somewhere else if a parking lot is full and do not park on the shoulder of roads. If parking lots are full, please consider visiting at a different time.
- Be extra cautious and stay within your limits, knowledge, skill and physical ability. Now is not the time to try new activities or head into unfamiliar areas. Avoid high-risk backcountry activities, regardless of your experience level.
Know Before You Go!
Know before you go to Alberta Parks or head out for recreation on public land. Do your research before you head out. Cell phone coverage is limited or non-existent in most of our parks.
Winter can be an incredible time to explore our province, but it’s a lot different from summer recreation. Visit our Winter Safety page for a few tips to help you stay safe on your winter adventures. If you’re visiting the Canmore Nordic Center, please read their winter safety protocols before you go.
Check this website for the latest status on facility services within Alberta Parks.
Contact Alberta Parks with any questions or comments related to Alberta Parks response to COVID-19. Questions specific to recreation on public land can be directed to Public Lands.
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.