NWT Parks Information

Last modified: 
Fri, 06/12/2020 - 15:59

Territorial Park Campgrounds are open June 12th, 2020; campsite check in time at the park will begin at 5:00pm on opening day. Since the NWT Chief Public Health Officer has limited traffic into the NWT by non-residents, out of territory visitors should not plan a trip to visit the Parks this summer.

For updated information regarding the NWT Parks visit the NWT Parks website.

Frequently asked questions

With the extended stay draw cancelled, are there other ways that I can still reserve a campsite for a long-term stay? 

At this time, you will not be able to reserve a campsite either for a long-term or short-term stay. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will adjust to the changing circumstances. We will share updates as they become available. 

Why is the opening of parks delayed? Can’t I practice physical distancing from a campsite?

While we would like to offer these amenities to residents and encourage families to get outside, it creates an added risk for our parks staff who would need to work together, patrol the sites, interact with a large volume of guests and provide site maintenance. The health and safety of our staff and guests is our top priority.  At this time the Chief Public Health Officer has advised that residents avoid gatherings of any size, even when outside and practice physical distancing. Opening the campgrounds does not support this direction as interaction among guests is a risk. This decision is consistent with Parks Canada, which closed their facilities on March 25 until further notice

Even though the parks are closed, can I still use park facilities? 

Camping within NWT Parks while they are closed is not permitted. Renting of facilities such as kitchen shelters will not be available until further notice. Trails and some outhouses are accessible, however, if waste and litter pose a health risk to users and maintenance crews then this will be reviewed and may change.  

Will the online reservation system open in April? 

The online reservation system will not be available until further notice. Due to postponement of the opening of park campgrounds, we will be delaying the launch of the Parks Reservation System (NWTParks.ca). Once a date has been confirmed for the opening of the NWT Parks and the Parks Reservation System, we will be sure to communicate this to our users.