COVID-19 and your visit to Fort Wellington National Historic Site
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 July 13, 2020 - Re-opening of some national historic sites
As of July 13, some national historic sites will re-open with limited visitor services. Locations may reduce the number of visitors allowed to enter at one time, to ensure physical distancing. Some areas, rooms or buildings may remain closed for health and safety reasons.
Plan ahead by checking the location’s website before you travel.
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.
- 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 Fort Wellington National Historic Site
Parks Canada will be opening the grounds of Fort Wellington National Historic Site to visitors beginning June 1, 2020. The interior of the historic fortifications and the visitor centre remain closed until further notice. We ask that visitors respect social distancing measures and we remind travelers that there are no public washrooms currently available at the fort and may also be limited or not available in the local community. Only self-guided activities such as walking and picnicking will be permitted on site.
Please note that ongoing construction work at the site means that some areas of the outside grounds are closed to the public at this time.
What’s open (updated June 1, 2020)
- Grounds outside the historic fort
- Parking lot
- Open Thursday to Monday, 9 am to 5 pm
- Washrooms will remain closed
What’s closed (updated June 1, 2020)
- Visitor centre
- Historic fort
Your safety when visiting
- Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home and support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Those travelling from a distance should consider their plans as there are no washroom facilities available on site and may also be limited or not available in the community.
- Keep a distance of 2 metres between you and others.
- 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.
- Review the City of Prescott's COVID-19 information page (English only)