Parks Canada Mainland Nova Scotia National Historic Sites reopening with limited visitor services

Issued: July 13, 2020

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, July 13, 2020 – Starting this week, National Historic Sites in Mainland Nova Scotia will reopen with limited visitor services.

Visitors will have access to the following services and facilities:

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax/visit/covid-19-info)

What’s open

Starting July 15

  • Open with limited services. Please refer to the website for a complete list of what is open and what is closed.

Booked programs and interior facility rentals may be permitted if they meet public health guidelines. Call 902-426-1900 for more information.

Exterior events and facility rentals may be permitted if they meet public health guidelines. Call 902-426-5080 for more information.

York Redoubt National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/york/visit/covid-19-info)

What’s open

Starting July 13

  • Trails, grounds, washrooms.

Fort Anne National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/fortanne/visit/covid-19-info)

What’s open

Starting July 13

  • Grounds and washrooms.
  • Reception area and gift shop.
  • Guided exterior tours (heritage presentation fees apply).
  • Perfect Picnic program (offered in collaboration with local restaurants).

What’s closed

  • The Officers’ Quarters Museum.
  • The Powder Magazine and Black Hole.

Port-Royal National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/portroyal/visit/covid-19-info)

What’s open

  • Grounds only.

What’s closed

  • Washrooms and buildings.

Fort Edward National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/edward/visit/covid-19-info)

What’s open

Starting July 13

  • Trails and grounds.
  • Limited access to the blockhouse greeting area. Only one person or one physical-distancing bubble/group will be admitted at a time. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm for clear. weather but in the case of rain may be closed. Call ahead at 902-798-2639.

What’s closed

  • The blockhouse.

Melanson Settlement National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/melanson/visit/covid-19-info)

What’s open

  • Trails, grounds, picnic areas.

What’s closed

  • Washrooms.

Grand-Pré National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/grandpre/visit/covid-19-info)

What’s open

Starting July 20

  • Personal onsite interpretation available on grounds.
  • Indoor washrooms.

Starting July 30

  • Visitor Information Centre, Exhibit hall, Memorial Church and the Forge will open with modified hours (10 am to 4 pm).

What’s closed

  • The multimedia theatre.
  • Interactive interpretation programs such as Fring Frang and Evangeline Pop Art.
  • Guided Tours.

Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Sites (http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/beaubassin/visit/covid-19-info)

What’s open

  • Parking lot, grounds, picnic shelter.

Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the specific National Historic Site website before they travel to find out what is open, what they can expect, and how to prepare for their visit.

The health and safety of visitors and employees is of utmost importance to the Government of Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two metres from others.  

Visiting a national historic site will be different than in previous years. Some national historic sites may reduce the number of visitors allowed to enter at one time to ensure physical distancing and some areas, rooms or buildings may remain closed for health and safety reasons. Some national historic sites may remain closed.

Visitors are reminded that if they plan to travel outside of their home province to visit a Parks Canada place, they must follow the applicable provincial or territorial travel restrictions. Some provinces and territories allow only essential or limited inbound travel at this time while others require those entering to follow a period of self-isolation.

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what locations are open, what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit and what services may be available. Visitors should check pc.gc.ca before they travel.

This year Canada Historic Places Day will be celebrated throughout the months of July and August. Parks Canada and the National Trust for Canada have developed a website aimed at promoting virtual engagement and exploration of our treasured sites. Visit: https://historicplacesday.ca