One of the few things one can do to stay sane these days is go out and enjoy the great outdoors.
Unfortunately, the greatest of great outdoors have been off limits for nearly two months. On March 25, all 46 national parks and 171 national historic sites were shut down across the country in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The good news is some of Canada’s most treasured places will re-open starting June 1.
National parks, historic sites, marine conservation areas, trails, day-use areas, green spaces and some recreational boating areas are all among the outdoor activities set to re-open. Recreation-seekers are advised to check online if their desired destination is in fact open before heading out. Oh, and don’t travel too far.
“It is aimed at giving people who live approximate to the park to get out and get some exercise in a safe way where they can physically distance,” said Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson yesterday.
“We need to be thoughtful and listen to the advice of public health officials in the provinces and we have been doing that.”
To note: camping facilities will remain closed until at least June 21st.
Provincial parks, meanwhile, are setting their own schedule. Some have already opened for day use and could even open again for camping starting June 1st.
The government will publish a full guide to what’s open next week.