Starting June 1, some Parks Canada places will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Information will be updated regularly.

Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be managed will be available for visitation. We are asking visitors to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, respect closures, follow the guidance of public health experts, and to make every effort to keep one another safe.

Opening details will differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Parks Canada and COVID-19 (updated May 27, 2020)

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.

Being outdoors and in nature brings a number of health and wellness benefits., It is important that people have access to natural spaces where they can go to get exercise and fresh air in settings that facilitate physical distancing.

On June 1, 2020, Parks Canada will begin a safe, gradual opening of some outdoor locations in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.

This means:

  • Starting June 1, visitors will be permitted to access some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations. Until then, all suspensions of visitor services and closures of facilities announced in March remain in place.
  • For their own safety, visitors should not try to access locations that are closed.
  • All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Group activities and public events will be prohibited until further notice. All existing reservations set to take place prior to June 21, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.
  • Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.

Important information about your visit to Port au Choix National Historic Site

To help Canadians gain access to the health and wellness benefits that come from being outdoors and in nature, a number of Parks Canada places will be gradually restoring visitor access and visitor services beginning June 1, 2020. Initial access will be focused on autonomous day use of trails, grounds, and other outdoor settings.

The resumption of operations will also include the continuation of critical services and the gradual resumption of some key field-based ecological and cultural protection activities.

The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance and Parks Canada will follow the advice and guidance of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be mitigated will be available for visitation.

Newfoundland and Labrador is discouraging all non-essential travel throughout the province. Local people living close to these Parks Canada sites will have access to areas and facilities that are open.

What’s open (updated: May 25, 2020)
  • Trails at Philips Gardens, Pointe Riche, and Barbace. (Open as of June 1, 2020)
  • Maritime Archaic sacred burial site. (Open as of June 1, 2020)
What’s closed (updated: May 25, 2020)
  • Limestone Barrens Trail.
  • Visitor Centre (NOTE: The visitor centre is closed to the public at this time, but staff are available to answer questions via email or phone, (709) 861-3522).
  • French Rooms Cultural Centre.
  • Outhouses and picnic areas at Pointe Riche and Philips Gardens.
Your safety when visiting
  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you and others.
  • Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.
  • Abide by all travel advisories.

Stay informed