The latest at Sask Parks
Q & A’s
Q: What new guidelines should I be aware of?
- As of July 20, 2020, laundry facilities opened in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks.
- The Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan was recently updated to say: priority bookings should be given to Saskatchewan residents before visitors from out of province.
- Priority bookings have been given to Saskatchewan residents before visitors from out of province, and we are now accepting bookings from out of province visitors.
Q: Will my camping experience be different than in previous years?
- The safety of our park users and staff is the priority and 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.
- Beaches and outdoor showers are open however; visitors are asked to continue physical distancing while enjoying the beach.
- Playgrounds are open, however, visitors are asked to continue physical distancing and practice frequent handwashing/sanitation.
- 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 30 people indoors (where space allows for two metres of physical distancing) and 30 people outdoors.
- 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 (hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes) 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 (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.
- 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: What safety protocols are being implemented in laundry facilities?
- Park visitors who would like to use laundry facilities must adhere to the following:
- Maintain a two-metre physical distance from others while using these facilities. If two metres is not possible, mask use should be considered.
- Clean and disinfect laundry hampers or other items that are brought into the laundry area.
- Avoid shaking dirty laundry as this can increase the chance of spreading the COVID-19 virus.
- Use dryers on the highest temperature setting possible. Follow manufacturers’ recommendations to ensure fabric items are not damaged.
Q: I am not from Saskatchewan, can I visit Saskatchewan Provincial parks?
- Yes, priority bookings for camping have been given to Saskatchewan residents, however, we are now accepting bookings from out of province visitors. Out of province visitors are welcome to visit their cabins and access the boat launches and other amenities.
Q: Are there currently any restrictions for travel to provincial parks in Saskatchewan?
- Not at this time, but visitors are encouraged to check for travel restrictions prior to their visit to any of the Saskatchewan Provincial Parks.
Q: Can I change my current reservations now that there are more sites open?
- Yes, please use the online Campsite Reservation Service or call the call centre at 1-855-737-7275. Applicable change fees will be in effect.
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 Campsite Reservation Service will provide a list of which campgrounds within each park will offer camping until the end of September.
Q: Can I book Camp-Easy?
- Yes, Camp-Easy sites are open and available to book until the end of September.
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: Are outdoor swimming pools now open?
- Yes, all swimming pools will remain open until after the September long weekend this year.
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: If firewood distribution centres are closed, will I be able to get firewood?
- Yes, each park will ensure visitors have access to firewood.
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.
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 Park Entry Permits still be available at the entry gates?
- 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: Can I check-in before 2 pm? Can I check-out after 12:00 pm (noon)?
- 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: 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.