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At a Glance Information for the 2020 Reservation Launch
Here is what you need to know about 2020
- Campers should buy an annual park entry permit online when reserving their site to limit contact.
- Camping in provincial parks will be restricted to Sask residents.
- Every other campsite will be closed (50 per cent occupancy).
- All recreational facilities are closed; swimming pools, beach access, picnic areas, playgrounds, etc.
- Limited access to washrooms, and shower and laundry facilities are closed.
- Wood and water will be available for campers in a safe way. More details to follow.
- Visitors can use the parks in May without stopping at the entry gates (they are closed in May).
- Campers need to follow all advice of health officials.
Seasonal and Group Reservations
- Seasonal campsites are available to reserve online again for 2020 (every other site) and pro-rated.
- Listings of available seasonal sites by park are displayed on the Campsite Reservation Service.
- NO group bookings for 2020 and 2021 at this time.
- June group reservations were cancelled and fully refunded.
- July-September group reservations will be reviewed and are not eligible for full refunds at this time.
Camping and Entry Fees
- There are no fee changes for the 2020 Season.
- Fee changes for 2019 remain in place (change, cancel and no-show policies).
- A valid park entry permit is required year-round within Sask Parks.
- Seniors will be provided daily or weekly entry at the park gate (senior seasonal campers will provided an annual entry permit).
Unavailable for booking until further notice
- Double Sites
- Group Camping
- School/Youth Groups
- Swimming Lessons
Other Current Closures
- Historic Parks
- Swimming Pools (Buffalo Pound, Cypress Hills, Pike Lake)
- Day Use Facility Rentals (Picnic Shelters/ Rec Halls)
- Interpretive programming and community/charity events.
- All parks will offer fall camping through to the end of September 2020.
- There is no longer a restriction on the duration of a stay in one particular site.
- $12 online using the Campsite Reservation Service
- $14 when using the Call CentreThis fee is non-refundable.
$42 Full Service
Seasonal campers will require an Annual Park Entry Permit
Updated Q&As – May 20, 2020
Q: Will anyone be able to book a campsite this year?
- A: Not at this time, to limit travel between provinces, camping in provincial parks will be restricted to Saskatchewan residents starting June 1, until further notice.
Q: When will boat launches and trails be open to the public?
- As of May 4, 2020, Saskatchewan Provincial Parks will re-open to limited day use. In addition to allowing people to use boat launches (as ice conditions and normal operating conditions allow), hiking and biking on trails will be open. During this time, gatherings of any sort will be prohibited.
- Visitors will be asked to utilize the parks responsibly by:
- Using the self-assessment tool prior to entry;
- Continuing to practice physical distancing and only visit the park alone or with those whom you live with; and
- Following all the advice of the public health experts to protect yourself and others during this pandemic.
- Some of our trails include narrow spaces and it will be very important to continue physical distancing. Be mindful of other trail users and follow directional signage, if passing someone, alert them so that you can keep a distance.
Q: When can I book my campsite this year and when will the camping season open?
- Reservations are now open for all provincial park campgrounds. To see available sites, please visit the Campsite Reservation Service.
Q: Can I visit my cottage in a provincial park?
- People can access private properties such as cabins or long-term seasonal campsites located in provincial parks or privately operated campgrounds. Although non-essential travel between provinces is strongly discouraged, people from outside of Saskatchewan are still permitted to use their properties. If you are visiting one of those properties, we ask that you minimize any non-essential travel within the park.
- Before traveling to your property, please check the current public health orders to ensure there are no travel restrictions for the area.
Q: I am from out of province, can I use a boat launch in a provincial park to launch my boat and go fishing?
- Non-essential travel from out of province is strongly discouraged; however, out of province users will not be denied access to lakes or boat launches in Saskatchewan provincial parks.
Q: I am from out of province, can I visit a privately run business within a provincial park?
- Non-essential travel from out of province is strongly discouraged; however, out of province users will not be denied access to privately operated businesses in Saskatchewan provincial parks.
Q: Will my camping experience be different than in previous years?
- The safety of our park users and staff is the priority and while the province slowly and methodically begins to open, there will be many restrictions in place to protect everyone from the spread of COVID-19, which includes (while the public health order is still in effect):
- Overnight stays and limited-term campsites will only be occupied at 50 per cent capacity, with no adjacent sites occupied at the same time.
- Reservations are encouraged via the online reservation system or the call centre.
- No group campsites/reservations permitted. Double sites may not be booked.
- All shower and laundry facilities will be closed.
- Washroom access will be limited to one household at a time.
- Campers must use bathroom facilities in their trailers or recreational vehicles, avoiding public bathrooms.
- Park users will be asked to continue physically distancing and gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people.
- Playgrounds will remain closed.
- Swimming lessons are cancelled until further notice
- Programs and activities will be offered virtually rather than in person.
- Campers are being asked to protect themselves and others by not going camping if they are showing signs of illness and to bring along supplies to help stop the spread of the virus.
- All shared facilities will remain closed (showers, laundry facilities, cookhouses, clubhouses, firewood distribution centres).
- Visitor reception centres will be closed until further notice.
- All recreational facilities will remain closed (swimming pools, beach access, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis courts, etc.), including beaches and shared shoreline access; however, boats may be launched as long as physical distancing requirements are strictly observed.
- The rental of tents and yurts is not permitted (Including Camp-Easy).
- All public services, such as interpretation services, children’s programming and community-based programming, is postponed until further notice.
Q: What kind of actions will provincial parks be taking to help stop the spread of COVID-19?
- A variety of new protocols and cleaning practices will be in place:
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices will be undertaken at central dump stations and water fill stations. All other common water sources are closed.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection efforts will be undertaken in campground sites and in all public/shared spaces (e.g. picnic table, garbage cans and other high-touch surfaces).
- Employees will have access to gloves and sanitizing wipes, and are required to stay home if they are unwell or symptomatic.
- Signage will be posted to caution campers about the risks of COVID-19.
Q: Are there any restrictions for travel to provincial parks in Northern Saskatchewan?
- As of May 19, 2020 the public health order has been amended to only have travel restrictions applied to the northwest region of Saskatchewan. Travel to and from all other areas of the north – commercial, domestic and recreational as outlined in the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan – is permitted.
- Municipalities, First Nations and recreational subdivisions that will remain under the current public health order restricting non-essential travel are: Bear Creek, Beauval, Birch Narrows, Dene Nation, Black Point, Buffalo Narrows, Buffalo River, Dene Nation, Canoe Lake First Nation, Clearwater River Dene Nation, Cole Bay, Descharme Lake, Dillon, Dore Lake, English River First Nation, Garson Lake, Green Lake, Ile a la Crosse, Jan’s Bay, Lac La Plonge, La Loche, Little Amyot Lake, Michel Village, Patuanak, St. George’s Hill, Sled Lake, and Turnor Lake.
Q: Due to reduced services, will regular camping fees be adjusted?
- No, nightly camping fees will not be adjusted. We hope to make more services available as the summer goes on. Seasonal fees will be pro-rated starting June 1, 2020.
Q: Will I be offered a discount on my annual park entry permit?
- Annual entry permits for $75 provide access to an entire year of park access, events and activities. There will not be a discount offered on annual park entry permits.
Q: Will the camping season be extended this year?
- Camping will be offered in all Saskatchewan Provincial Parks until September 30, 2020 with most services available. Our parks are open year around for those who wish to camp in the spring, fall and some parks even offer winter camping. The online reservation system will provide a list of which campgrounds within each park will offer camping until the end of September.
Q: Will all recreational facilities be closed?
- All recreational facilities must remain closed (swimming pools, beach access, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis courts, etc.), including beaches and shared shoreline access; this is subject to change, and visitors should check back closer to their planned trip to a provincial park.
- Boats may be launched as long as physical distancing requirements are strictly observed.
Q: How much is seasonal camping?
- Seasonal Camping Type
- Prorated 2020 Seasonal Camping Fee
- Electric: $2,270
- Non-electric: $1,220
- Economy: $960
- Prorated 2020 Seasonal Camping Fee
Note: Seasonal fees will be pro-rated starting June 1, 2020.
Q: How will you implement the 50 per cent capacity, meaning only every other campsite will be available to reserve?
- We will be manually closing sites before the reservation launch to ensure only 50 per cent of the sites will be available to reserve via the online registration system.
Q: Do the 50 per cent and adjacent site rules apply to long-term seasonal campsites that are leased through a private operator within a provincial park or offered in campgrounds outside of a provincial park?
- No, the 50 per cent and adjacent site rules apply only to overnight stay and limited-term campsites.
Q: Do the 50 per cent and adjacent site rules apply to the seasonal sites operated by the Government of Saskatchewan, reserved annually within Saskatchewan’s provincial parks?
- Yes, when seasonal sites become available to reserve in Saskatchewan’s provincial parks on May 4, 2020, the 50 per cent and adjacent sites rules will be applied. These sites are not fully serviced and are more similar to an overnight or limited-term campsite, rather than a multi-year leased long-term seasonal campsite.
To see what seasonal campsites are available in 2020, go to the Campsite Reservation Service and search for available sites under the Seasonal tab.
Q: Do the 50 per cent and adjacent site rules apply to privately operated campgrounds, as well as provincial park campgrounds?
- Yes, the 50 per cent and adjacent site rules apply to overnight stay and limited-term campsites in all campgrounds.
Q: Will all campgrounds in Saskatchewan be open as of June 1, 2020?
- Camping is permitted at private and provincial campgrounds as of June 1, 2020. However, privately operated campgrounds maintain autonomy in determining when to open after June 1, 2020.
Q: What can’t I book?
- Group camping, Camp-Easy, double sites and swimming lessons will not be available for reservation until further notice.
Q: What will happen to my group camping reservation for 2020?
- If you have a group reservation between now and June 30, 2020:
- We will contact you to cancel your reservation and refund all fees paid in full.
- If you have a group reservation between July 1 and September 30, 2020:
- At this time, we are not cancelling your upcoming reservation. If you choose to cancel or change your reservation, you will incur the normal cancellation/change and transaction fees. We will continue to assess the COVID-19 situation and provide you an update as we draw closer to June 30, 2020.
Q: If firewood distribution centres are closed, will I be able to get firewood?
- Yes, each park will ensure visitors have access to firewood. If your park has an enclosed/indoor firewood distribution centre it will remain closed (until further restrictions are lifted), however firewood piles will be available in alternate locations so that campers can access firewood in a contactless way, while maintaining physical distance from other guests. If the park you are visiting usually has an outdoor pile of wood that allows visitors to easily maintain distance from each other while grabbing firewood you can expect to see it in the same place this year. We kindly ask all campers to be patient and ensure physical distancing at all times during their stay in a Saskatchewan Provincial Park this summer.
Q: Will I have access to water?
- Yes, enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices will be undertaken at central dump stations and water fill stations. Visitors will have access to water fill stations throughout the campgrounds. All other common water sources (such as drinking fountains, outdoor showers, and certain irrigation systems) will be closed (until further restrictions are lifted). We kindly ask all campers to be patient and ensure physical distancing at all times, including at water fill stations, during their stay in a Saskatchewan Provincial Park this summer.
Q: Will washrooms available for camping be accessible day and night?
- Yes, but we are encouraging campers to use their own bathroom facilities in their trailers or recreational vehicles as much as possible, and avoid public bathrooms.
Q: Will annual passes still be available at the entry gates? That was this information we were told back in January, but has it changed?
- Annual passes will not be available at entry gates during May. During this unprecedented time, we are still working through processes and policies. We will have a variety of options in place for June. As always, you can purchase your annual entry permit with your camping when you reserve online. Please continue to check back for updated information as it is available.
Q: Will tenting still be permitted?
- Tenting is still permitted but with limited access to washroom and no access to showers, campers should plan accordingly.
Q: What can people do to stay connected to parks and educational offerings during this time?
- Currently, Sask Parks is pleased to offer educational park programming and activities via our Facebook page. Followers can expect daily programming at 10:00 a.m. from Monday to Friday. We encourage everyone to stay connected and have fun (from home) with various park-type activities.