News Release: Opening of Northwest Territories Parks Delayed

News Releases

Yellowknife — April 10, 2020

The Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment (ITI) is postponing the opening of Northwest Territories parks.  An opening date for the 2020 park season has not been confirmed at this time.

The decision supports territory-wide efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Northwest Territories.  It follows examples set by Parks Canada and other jurisdictions.

The Government of the Northwest Territories’ online reservation system will also remain closed until further notice.



“We know that families are eager to get outside and enjoy NWT Parks. I can assure you this decision was not made lightly, but ultimately the health and safety of our guests, staff, and contractors is our top priority. We look forward to the opening of our parks season at a later date.”


- Katrina Nokleby, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment 


Quick Facts

  • Most territorial parks open on May 15 each year.
  • Renting of facilities such as kitchen shelters will not be available until the parks open. 
  • Residents are still permitted to use walking trails within NWT Parks. Please maintain social distancing and, if you are walking a dog, please clean up after them.

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Cabinet Communications
Government of the Northwest Territories