Reservations for Canada's national parks won't open until April

Parks Canada is postponing the opening of its reservation system for summer 2021 bookings until April in light of the uncertainty brought by the pandemic.

Reservations for summer bookings at national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas managed by Parks Canada typically open in January, but the agency decided to delay the launch so visitors can make plans and bookings based on more up-to-date restrictions and guidance.

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“It will also provide Parks Canada additional time to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and make any necessary changes to the campsites and experiences that can be reserved for the 2021 visitor season,” the agency said in a statement.

The opening of reservations will be staggered throughout April. Visitors will be able to make bookings for dates between May 2021 and March 2022.

The reservation service allows visitors to book campsites, accommodations, interpretive guided hikes at 38 parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas across the country. On the Island, Parks Canada operates bookings for the West Coast Trail and Pacific Rim National Park, Fort Rodd Hill and campgrounds on the Gulf Islands.

For national parks where winter camping is available, visitors can make reservations through the end of March. April bookings for winter and early spring sites can be made as of Dec. 16.

Details for specific parks is available on Parks Canada’s website.

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