The latest at Sask Parks
Updated Q&As – June 30, 2020
Q: What new guidelines should I be aware of?
- By mid week, all nightly, group, double and equestrian campsites will be available for reservations. Parks have been manually opening sites over a series of several days – so please check back regularly - we look forward to welcoming you to our parks! Group sizes for group camping must adhere to the maximum gathering limits per the public health order.
- As of June 12, 2020, outdoor playgrounds, beaches and associated washrooms opened.
- As of July 1, 2020, Pike Lake and Cypress Hills outdoor pools will open.
Q: What time can I book my site on June 26?
- We will continue to update the Campsite Reservation Service with more campsites in the next few days. Please check back regularly.
- All of our sites will be opened by mid week, so if you aren’t able to check regularly, feel free to log on later this week and make your reservation. We have lots of inventory available and are sure you will be able to find a great spot.
Please note, due COVID-19 our call centre is experiencing higher than normal call volumes and callers may experience a longer wait time.
We thank you in advance for your patience.
Q: Can I change my current reservation now that there are more sites open?
- As we navigate through this unprecedented time, we are working to ensure a smooth process for new reservations and even some changes and cancellations to existing reservations. We know of a small issue with the change/cancel functionality that has been affecting a small percentage of users. If you have a campsite this summer that you are happy with, please hold onto your reservation. If you absolutely want to change or cancel your reservation due to the new inventory release and are experiencing difficulty on the reservation site, please call the call centre at 1-855-737-7275, but please be aware of longer than normal wait times. Please note that the $15 change fee will be in effect.
Q: With more sites opening soon, can I book Camp-Easy?
- Camp-Easy sites will be available for reservation starting July 9, 2020 and will open for the season on July 16, 2020. We are working on enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols to ensure a safe experience for visitors.
Q: Will shower and laundry facilities open on June 26?
- Shower facilities will open on June 26. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols will be followed, and the frequency of cleaning bathrooms and showers will increase.
- Laundry facilities will not open until further notice.
Q: Are outdoor swimming pools now open?
- The outdoor swimming pools at Pike Lake and Cypress Hills will open July 1, 2020.
- The brand new pool at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park will open mid-July. Please check back regularly for updated information.
Q: What can visitors expect at the outdoor swimming pools?
- There are a variety of safety protocols that will be in place when visitors make their way to the outdoor pools. Each pool may have slightly different guidelines to follow and signage will indicate changes to be aware of. Visitors are encouraged to contact the park office prior to their visit to ensure the pool is open. In general, visitors can expect the following:
- Capacity in the pools will be significantly reduced. To ensure fair access, the facilities will implement a turnover system that will require all pool users to leave after a set block of time to allow for cleaning and disinfecting. Users can choose to leave, or re-enter the line-up to be admitted once again (re-payment will not be required).
- There will be no swimming lessons or programming, including lane swimming and special events, which will allow for longer public swim times.
- Physical distancing rules will be in effect at all times. Floor indicators will guide visitors on where to stand while in line and barriers will protect visitors and pool staff during any necessary contact.
- Specific entry and exit directional signage protocols will be in effect.
- Pool staff will provide reminders to visitors throughout the day about the requirement for physical distancing.
- Wherever possible, visitors should enter and exit the facility in their swim clothes to minimize crowding in change room areas.
Q: Will swimming lessons be available this summer?
- No swimming lessons will be provided this year. Swimming lessons will resume in 2021.
Q: Will anyone be able to book a campsite this year?
- Not at this time, to limit travel between provinces, camping in provincial parks will be restricted to Saskatchewan residents until further notice.
Q: What is Auto Check-In? Does this mean I don’t have to stop at the campground office when I arrive for my stay?
- Correct, campers that have booked their campsite and already purchased an Annual Park Entry Permit, can proceed directly to their campsite and will be automatically checked-in. This is a great way to keep contact with park staff to a minimum and ensure safety for campers and staff.
Q: Can I check-in before 2 pm? Can I check-out after 12:00 pm?
- If you have booked a nightly site, your purchased stay does not start until after the check-in of 2 pm and check-out is before noon on your departure date. Even if there was no stay on the site the night before, we need to give our campground staff enough time to clean the sites in the campground and have less people on sites to maintain distancing. If you wish to check-in earlier, please purchase an additional night before if available. If you wish to check-out later, please purchase an additional night after if available.
Q: Are the boat launches and trails open?
- Yes, Saskatchewan Provincial Park trails and boat launches are open.
- 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 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: Can I visit my cottage in a provincial park?
- Yes, you 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. While the province slowly and methodically opens, there are many restrictions in place to protect everyone from the spread of COVID-19, which includes (while the public health order is still in effect):
- Reservations are encouraged via the online reservation system or the call centre.
- As of June 12, 2020:
- Beaches and outdoor showers opened, however, visitors are asked to continue physical distancing while enjoying the beach.
- Playgrounds opened to the public, however, visitors are asked to continue physical distancing and practice frequent handwashing/sanitation.
- Washroom access is limited to one household at a time.
- Campers are encouraged to use bathroom facilities in their trailers or recreational vehicles.
- Park users will be asked to continue physically distancing and gatherings are limited to a maximum of 15 people (indoors) and 30 people (outdoors).
- Interpretation services and community-based programming is postponed until further notice. Programs and activities are offered virtually (on Facebook) and contactless activities are available (Park Activity Kits can be found at the Visitor Reception Centre or Park Office).
- Campers are 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.
Q: What kind of actions are provincial parks taking to help stop the spread of COVID-19?
- A variety of new protocols and cleaning practices are in place:
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices at central dump stations and water fill stations.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection efforts in campground sites and in all public/shared spaces (e.g. picnic table, garbage cans and other high-touch surfaces).
- Some shared facilities (laundry and cookhouses) remain closed.
- Beach and picnic area access is permitted according to the guidelines for beaches and increased cleaning and disinfection practices of common touch areas.
- Park and playground access is permitted according to the guidelines for parks and outdoor playgrounds.
- All community events must be postponed.
- Employees must have access to proper cleaning and disinfecting supplies, as well as personal protective equipment. Staff are required to stay home if they are unwell or symptomatic.
- Signage is posted to caution visitors about the risks of COVID-19.
Q: Are there any restrictions for travel to provincial parks in Northern Saskatchewan?
- No. As of June 8, 2020, travel restrictions in Northwest Saskatchewan were lifted.
Q: Due to reduced services, will regular camping fees be adjusted?
- No, nightly camping fees will not be adjusted.
Q: Will I be offered a discount on my Annual Park Entry Permit?
- No discount will be offered. Annual Park Entry Permits for $75 provide access to an entire year of park access, events and activities.
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: 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 are available in alternate locations so 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, 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 be available for camping be accessible day and night?
- While washrooms are available, campers are encouraged to use bathroom facilities in their trailers or recreational vehicles.
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?
- As always, you can purchase your Annual Park Entry Permits with your camping when you reserve online (until mid-August). Park Entry Permits are also available at each park, and increased safety protocols are now in place.
Q: Will tenting still be permitted?
- Yes, tenting is still permitted.