National parks and historic sites set to partially open June 1

Katie Ramirez
May 15, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, washrooms, playgrounds, beaches, parking lots, and picnic shelters will also remain closed at national parks, and events and group activities are now suspended.

The gradual reopening will take place through different phases in different jurisdictions.

Wilkinson says some trails, day use areas, green spaces and recreational boating will be available starting June 1 at national parks, historic sites and waterways and national marine conservation areas. Trudeau said parks in northern Canada near Indigenous communities will not be opening for now. Camping in national parks will continue to be prohibitedat least June 21, and group activities and public events will be prohibited until further notice.

Parks Canada is reminding Manitobans that visitor services and vehicle access will be suspended at all national parks over the long weekend, including Riding Mountain National Park. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that this won't be like every other vacation season.

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"We know Canadians are making extraordinary sacrifices through this hard time", Trudeau said, speaking more broadly.

The Prime Minister continued by saying that it will be a much more different scenario than it was six months ago, when people might have made their original summer vacation plans.

The federal government will provide non-repayable grants up to $10,000 for fishermen who own their own businesses, while another $100 million will go to Farm Credit Canada in order to help farmers and aquaculture fisheries.

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