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 Canso Islands National Historic Site

Parks Canada is working with Destination Cape Breton Association, Tourism Nova Scotia and other partners to keep visitors informed and safe.

Our national historic sites in Cape Breton and Canso will gradually resume operations with select visitor services available at each of our places. The health and safety of our employees, our visitors, and all Canadians is of the highest priority for Parks Canada. The Agency is following the advice of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. Only places and activities where health and safety risks to employees and visitors can be mitigated will be available for visitation.

There will be limited services available on site this summer. We’re encouraging our visitors to plan ahead and be prepared for a different experience than they are used to or experienced when visiting Parks Canada places in the past.

Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Nova Scotia public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times.

Parks Canada continue to will re-evaluate access and services at Canso Islands National Historic Site on an ongoing basis and keep visitors updated as more information becomes available. Please check back regularly for the most recent updates.

What’s open (updated July 29, 2020)
  • Visitor centre and exhibit area
  • Washroom facilities
  • Green spaces
  • Parking lot
What’s closed (updated July 29, 2020)
  • Ferry services to Grassy Island
  • Trails and picnic areas on Grassy Island
Your safety when visiting
  • Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home and support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you and others.
  • Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Nova Scotia public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times.
  • 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