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 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.

Important information about your visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

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

Access and services will be focused on limited autonomous day use of trails and other outdoor settings. 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. The visitor experience will be different than it has been in the past as we adapt to COVID-19.

Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.

Parks Canada will re-evaluate access and services at Fortress of Louisbourg 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 June 17, 2020)
  • Lighthouse trail
  • Old Town trail
  • Royal Battery trail
  • Kennington Cove Road
  • Kennington Cove Beach
  • Anson’s Cove Beach
  • Kennelly’s day use area and pit privies
  • Parking lots
What’s closed (updated June 17, 2020)
  • Visitor centre
  • Reconstructed site and buildings
  • Interpretation and visitor experience programs
  • Camping and diversified accommodations
  • Fortress of Louisbourg Association gift shops and café
  • Fortress of Louisbourg Association restaurants and bakery
  • Ruins Walk
  • Simon’s Point trail
  • Evening programs
  • Washroom facilities
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.
  • 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