How and When to Book National Park Stays in Canada

Parks Canada reservations for 2022 are set to launch for camping at national parks and historic sites. Depending on the province, bookings are available from January 18 through mid-February. Reservable periods vary from park to park and, as with other national, state, and provincial parks in North America, campsite spots are expected to go quickly. 

Trailer and truck at campsite with fall foliage
Broad Cove Campground at Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Photo by Margot Bai

How to Book a Canada National Park Stay

You can reserve online or by phone at 1-877-737-3783 (available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local park time; 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Newfoundland) or 1-519-826-5391 outside of North America. 

According to Parks Canada, “due to COVID-19, the visitor experience will be different than it has been in the past.” Based on this, visitors are asked to comply with recommendations from provincial public health authorities. This may include wearing a mask in indoor public spaces and adhering to social distancing measures. 

Visitor access, services, and even opening dates may vary from park to park depending on regional or provincial circumstances. The Parks Canada website lists parks and historic sites with special instructions related to COVID-19 and your visit.

When to Book Canada National Park Campgrounds for the 2022 Season

The provincial parks listed below allow RV camping in various campgrounds. Reservation opening times are listed in the province’s time zone.

Large trailer parked at wooded campsite with mountain views
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court at Banff National Park – Photo by ketah777

Alberta 

British Columbia

Trailer being towed by van in front of Parks Canada signage
Wasagaming Campground at Riding Mountain National Park – Photo by Margot Bai

Manitoba

SUV towing trailer at gravel campsite in wooded area
South Kouchibouguac Campground in Kouchibouguac National Park – Photo by Margot Bai

New Brunswick 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Ontario

Trailer with tent and bikes at wooded campsite
Cavendish Campground at Prince Edward Island National Park – Photo by BoxyColonial

Prince Edward Island

Quebec 

Campground shelter among grasslands
Frenchman Valley Campground at Grasslands National Park – Photo by Margot Bai

Saskatchewan 

Tips for Booking Parks Canada Campgrounds 

  1. On the Parks Canada Reservation Service website, you’ll find a drop-down menu for Reservation Type, Park, Arrival/Departure Date, and Preferences. This can help you search by tent or trailer size, site length, and hookups. It also lists information on its Reservation Policies.
  2. Where applicable, visitors must possess a valid national park entry pass for the duration of their visit. Click here for more information on Parks Canada’s passes, permits, and fees, including the Discovery Pass, which covers admission to more than 80 destinations for 12 months.
  3. Parks Canada also has helpful information about what to know before staying the night, including info on camping types, how to reserve (and what to do if your first choice is not available), service and amenities, camping basics (including a checklist), and rules and etiquette. 
  4. The Camping and Accommodations at Parks Canada page details information about glamping options in yurts and cabins as well as more information about tent and RV camping, including fees and what you should bring.
  5. Click here to find a Parks Canada location and be sure to read the visitor guidelines and rules and regulations on alcohol, fishing, garbage and litter, pets, quiet hours, and more.