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 July 13, 2020 - Re-opening of some national historic sites

As of July 13, some national historic sites will re-open with limited visitor services. Locations may reduce the number of visitors allowed to enter at one time, to ensure physical distancing. Some areas, rooms or buildings may remain closed for health and safety reasons.

Plan ahead by checking the location’s website before you travel.

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.

This means:

  • 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.

Visiting Fort St James National Historic Site

The safety of visitors, employees and residents is our top priority. We welcome your support toward a safe and respectful visit.

  • You are responsible for your own safety
  • You can help keep others safe
  • Do not visit if you are sick. Do not visit if you were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Follow all public health guidelines. Hand washing hygiene and social distance measures are key to your health
  • Maintain physical distance measures of two metres (six feet) between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Prepare to wait for your turn
  • Be kind and patient to each other. We are in this together

What is open and what is closed in Fort St James National Historic Site

What's open (as of June 26, 2020)
  • Historic buildings Opens June 27
  • Grounds
  • Washrooms
  • Animal viewing (baby goats and bunnies are here!)
  • Audio tours are available
  • Costumed interpreters are working in the garden
  • Home Stretch Diner
    • Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm for takeout
What's closed (as of June 26, 2020)
  • Visitors Centre
  • Chicken races are currently on hold. We’ll be broadcasting them on our Facebook channel soon!

Stay informed

For more information about Fort St James National Historic Site, visit:

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