COVID-19 and your visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.
Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Update for June 1, 2020 - Gradual reopening of Parks Canada places
As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country.
- As of June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada places near you.
- Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
- Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
We will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.
You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.
Update for June 17, 2020 - Camping resumption
Starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.
Important information about your visit to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Starting June 1, 2020 Cave and Basin National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services.
Visiting Cave and Basin National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking this website before they travel to find out:
• what is open
• what they can expect
• how to prepare for their visit
What’s open (updated May 28, 2020)
Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities:
- some day-use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and pathways;
- day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas;
- grounds of the national historic site;
- wildlife viewing;
- the parking lot; and
- public toilets.
What’s closed (updated May 28, 2020)
Due to COVID-19 safety considerations, the following services and facilities are NOT available at this time:
- entry into the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, internment exhibit, welcome building and gift shop;
- The upper boardwalk, lower boardwalk, marsh viewing platform; and
- interpretive programs and events.
Your safety when visiting
The health and safety of visitors and employees is of utmost importance to the Government of Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two metres from others.