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Here are the rules for camping in Canada's national parks right now

Camping is one of the best ways to experince Canada's national parks, but this year visitors can expect more rules to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

"As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country," reads an advisory on the Parks Canada website.

For anyone planning on doing some camping, you should know that it's not permitted "until at least June 21, while we assess necessary health and safety measures," reads the site.

"This includes oTENTiks, yurts and backcountry camping. All existing reservations set to take place prior to June 21 will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full."

Rules for camping will vary by province and some campgrounds will be closed completely to out-of-province visitors, likely for the summer.

Ideally campers will have self-contained units, but areas with shared facilitites like washrooms and showers will have their own set of instructions for best practices campers must abide by.

Campers will be encouraged to bring all their own stuff, including water and hand sanitizer, and there's potential that the latter may even become a mandatory item.

Planning a visit during off-times and picking quieter parks is also encouraged to reduce crowding and improve physical distancing.

Visitors need to be mindful when entering another community and follow health and saftey protocals at restaurants, gas stations and rest stops along the way. Avoiding trips into town as much as possible is also encouraged.

Campers should note that they may face difficulty getting medical help right away. Anyone showing symptoms of or falling ill with COVID-19 may risk exposure to rural communties, particularly if they visit a local clinic. Travelling while sick or with someone who is sick is not advised.

More information on camping rules specific to each park will become available as provinces continue to reopen.

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