COVID-19 and your visit to Georges Island National Historic Site
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 Georges Island National Historic Site
What’s open (updated August 6, 2020)
- Hours of operation: Saturdays and Sundays only from 12 pm to 5 pm, from August 8 to September 6, 2020
- Tunnel tours
- Composting toilets
- Fort Charlotte parade square
- Lower Battery
What’s closed (updated August 6, 2020)
- Access to the shoreline
- Historic buildings
Your safety when visiting
Before you go, be prepared:
- Expect limited levels of service and limited access to visitor facilities.
- Download or print maps and other visitor information ahead of time. Paper brochures available on site and at ticket kiosks.
- Avoid popular places and times, and high-risk activities.
- Bring hygiene supplies, such as alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, sunscreen and water.
- Bring your own water and food, as facilities may be closed.
Protect yourself and others:
- Maintain social distance of two metres from others even when outdoors. Maintaining physical distance on trails and docks is your responsibility.
- We are making improvements, so 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.
- Do not venture too close to the edge of cliffs, scale rock faces, or climb or sit on wall ledges.
- Avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces as much as possible.
- Outdoor areas like picnic tables, red chairs, composters and hand railings are not being regularly cleaned.
- Please follow the advice of local public health experts and wear a mask indoors and in public spaces where physical distancing may be difficult to maintain.
- Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these special places clean.
- Yield to oncoming users where space is narrow. Let others move out of bridges, platforms and other narrow spaces before entering.
- Beware of ticks.
- Dogs are not permitted onsite.
- Smoking and vaping are prohibited.
- Anyone exploring the national historic site is reminded that they are responsible for their own safety and should be sure to properly prepare and plan for their trip, taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves from inclement weather and potential natural hazards found on site.