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Camping at some national parks in Canada will be allowed starting next week

As Canadians try to take advantage of our few weeks of perfect summer weather amid pandemic measures, many have been eagerly awaiting the news that they can get out and partake in one of the nation's greatest outdoor pastimes: camping.

At the beginning of this month, residents were finally able to resume select daytime activities at some of Canada's 48 national parks, which had been closed to the public since mid-March

But unfortunately for those itching to get out of the city and into the wild, overnight camping was not among the approved activities when national parks reopened (though it's been allowed at provincial parks and on crown land since June 1).

Next week, though, that will all change.

"For a lot of people, no summer is complete without getting the tent packed, the kids in the car and the time off to go camping. Now, because of the pandemic, many campgrounds had to close temporarily," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a media briefing on Wednesday.

"But the good news is that as of Monday, Parks Canada will gradually start reopening some of their camping sites."

But before campers start packing up, Parks Canada has stated that only those with existing reservations — which people have been making for weeks with no idea whether sites would actually be open by their planned date — will be able to set up camp starting June 22.

Also, it has yet to release the list of exactly which national parks and historic sites will be open for the activity.

For citizens who are heading out to pitch a tent next week, as with everything these days, Trudeau has one request: to keep following public health recommendations and "keep doing your part to help protect the people around you."

Opening dates for private and provincial campgrounds vary by province, with most in Ontario also opening up for business by June 22, and others in provinces like Alberta and B.C. already open and moving toward 100 per cent capacity.

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