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Parks Canada suspending all camping & events until at least end of May

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If you were hoping to head to Waterton or any other national park to camp for the May long weekend, that’s not going to happen.

Parks Canada is suspending all camping, group activities, and events right across the country until at least May 31st.

The move is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The federal agency is calling on all Canadians to simply stay home.

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The decision to suspend those activities includes all national parks, national historic sites, heritage canals, and national marine conservation areas.

Parks Canada says it will not be taking any new reservations until June 1st at the earliest and any reservations already made until the end of May will be cancelled and refunded in full.

Canadians should be aware that any resumption of services by Parks Canada, whenever that happens, will take time or be at best, incremental in nature.

This means:

  • All visitor services, including reception, information, lockage and mooring are suspended until further notice;
  • All visitor facilities, including parking lots, washrooms, day use areas and visitor centres are closed until further notice;
  • All camping facilities including backcountry camping, oTENTiks, and other roofed accommodations remain closed until further notice;
  • All events, group and interpretive activities are cancelled until at least May 31, 2020;
  • Parks Canada will not be taking new reservations until at least June 1, 2020. All existing reservations set to take place prior to May 31, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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