COVID-19 and your visit to Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about your visit to Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
To ensure the safety of visitors, residents and staff, Parks Canada is taking a phased approach to restoring access to the national historic site. In doing so, physical distancing for the public remains a critical requirement in all areas of the site. While some of the restrictions and closures implemented in the site to date as a result of Covid-19 have been lifted, others will remain in effect at this time. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking this website before they travel to find out:
What’s open (updated July 31, 2020)
- Campgrounds: Open
- RV Sites and Tenting: Open (with restrictions)
- Washrooms and kitchen shelters: Open
- The Visitor Centre main gallery exhibits: Open
- Trading Post gift shop: Open
- Public toilets: Open
- Canoe launch: Open
- Day-use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and pathways: Open
- Day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas: Open
- Parking: Open
- Metis Local 845 interpretive demonstrations on outdoor stage: Open
- Confluence Heritage Society David Thompson Puppet Show: Open
- Modified interpretive presentations: Open
What’s closed (updated July 31, 2020)
- Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, all guided tours and high-touch exhibit features have been temporarily suspended.
- Bookable programs are temporarily suspended.
- Play Fort and Theatre
- Private event rentals
- Special events
- Shower building in the campground
- Metis trapper tents: Closed
- Tipis: Closed
- Trapline cabins: Closed
- Equipped campsites: Closed
- Group camping: Closed
- Showers: Closed
- Wearing a non-medical mask or cloth face covering is recommended for your visit at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site.
- Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you and others.
- Come prepared with your own “COVID-kit” including hand sanitizer, masks for everyone in your group, water and snacks.
- Make your first stop the Welcome Tent outside Visitors Centre for orientation and information regarding your visit.
- Proceed into Visitor Centre one group at a time for ticket purchase.
- Contactless payment is preferred for site entry and gift shop purchases. Cash continues to be accepted.
- Bring your Discovery Pass and present it at the Welcome Tent for complimentary admission.
Exhibits and Experience
- Occupancy of Visitors centre will be capped at 31 persons including staff.
- Only 2 persons will be allowed in the Trading Post Gift Shop at one time to support physical distancing measures.
- Modified interpretive programs can be enjoyed at the outdoor stage.
This is an evolving situation. For more information visit the Public Health Agency of Canada Coronavirus disease page, the Alberta Health Services Coronavirus disease page and the Town of Rocky Mountain House Response to COVID-19.