when will campgrounds open

This is when campgrounds will open in Canada and what will be different

When will campgrounds open in provinces across Canada is a question many of us are asking after weeks of isolating at home and the weather starting to feel more like summer.

Although camping at national parks in Canada remain off limits until June 21, the chance to enjoy some camping this summer should still be a possibility as provincial campgrounds begin to reopen.

Here's the current status of campgrounds in province across Canada and how camping will be different this summer.

New Brunswick 

Many of New Brunswick's  provincial campgrounds have reopened as part of the orange phase of the province's economic recovery plan, and several others will open later in the month or in June. 

The parks have reopened with limited services, no events, and no programming or coordinated activities. Trails, beaches and public washrooms will be open however. The campgrounds are also currently only accessible to New Brunswick residents. 

Campers have to adhere to New Brunswick's COVID-19 guidelines, which currently permit gatherings within a two-household bubble and limited to 10 individuals.

Manitoba

Manitoba started allowing staggered campground bookings on May 4. Park facilities are open and the province isn’t currently limiting the number of campsites that can be booked at any given time.

Campsites are restricted to no more than 10 people however, and park staff will be monitoring public areas like beaches and recreation areas to make sure visitors are following the rules. Getting together with neighbouring campsites for bonfires will also not be permitted. 

The province also advises visitors to bring their own toilet paper, soap and hand sanitizer. 

Alberta and Saskatchewan

Campsites in Alberta and Saskatchewan will reopen on June 1 with online campground bookings already available for both provinces.

Both Alberta and Saskatchewan are currently booking campgrounds at 50 per cent capacity, meaning only every other campsite will be available to reserve.

Reservations are available to residents of the provinces only, with no more than six individuals allowed per site in Alberta and no more than 10 in Saskatchewan.

Expect temporary restrictions to shower and laundry facilities, as well as closures of recreational facilities such as swimming pools, beach access, picnic areas and playgrounds.

British Columbia

Camping in B.C. will also be permitted starting June 1. Online bookings for most of the province's campgrounds, with the exception of backcountry cabins and grounds with shared cooking facilities, will be available May 25. Some of the high use parks may also remain closed for the rest of the season.

The maximum group size for single sites will continue to be up to four adults and a maximum of eight people (including children under 16), says B.C. Parks spokesperson Jeremy Uppenborn. 

Double sites (sites with a shared driveway, that are located close together) will now also only permit a maximum of one group.

B.C. Parks encourages those who wish to visit from out-of-province to visit another year. Open facilities will vary from park to park, so be sure to check the details of the park you'll be visiting beforehand. 

Ontario and Nova Scotia

For the time being, provincial parks in both Ontario and Nova Scotia, are only allowing overnight access to trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract and park staff to begin preparations for the summer seasons. 

Campgrounds are being prepared for reopening but there's no firm date yet.

Quebec, Newfoundland and PEI

For other provinces including Quebec, Newfoundland and PEI, the possibility of reopening campgrounds is still weeks away.

Neither Quebec or Newfoundland have announced a date yet for campground reopenings. While the province of PEI plans to reopen on June 26, but only for islanders who booked their seasonal campsite before the end of March.

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Tim Foster


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