The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. In June and July, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of outdoor areas, some camping services, and some indoor areas at national historic sites.

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 and areas that are closed.

Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

We continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, and avalanche control, among others.

Update for July 30, 2020 - Non-medical masks and face coverings

We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. When you visit a Parks Canada place, you may see signs reminding you that this is what we recommend.

An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.

If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.

Important information about your visit to Castle Hill

To lower the risks associated with COVID-19, visitors to Castle Hill National Historic Site are asked to be cautious and conservative in their use of the site, to observe travel restrictions, adhere to site closures and to respect the guidance of public health authorities.

Starting July 29, 2020 Castle Hill will be open to the public 5 days a week (Wednesday - Sunday) from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm for the remainder of the season.

What’s open as of July 29, 2020


  • Parking lot
  • Fort Royal
  • Visitor Centre - including reception, exhibit and washrooms. Maximum 10 people at a time
  • Historic Sites Association Gift Shop - Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm


  • Visitor Centre - Summit Trail (one-way pedestrian use)
  • Summit - le gaillardin - Visitor Centre Trail (one-way pedestrian use)
  • Parking lot - detached redoubt - Visitor Centre Trail (one-way pedestrian use)
What’s closed as of July 29, 2020
  • All interpretation programming, events, group activities and audio tours
Your safety when visiting
  • Maintain social distance of two metres from others even when outdoors.
  • Wash your hands often, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol, and avoid sharing supplies with others.
  • It is recommended to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when it is not possible to maintain a two metre physical distance (i.e. in public, indoor spaces)
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and handrails.
  • Some areas and facilities remain closed to the public. Please respect all on site signage and barriers, as well as the directional signage for trail use.

Stay informed