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 the Carillon Canal National Historic Site

The Carillon Canal National Historic Site banks remains accessible to visitors. We ask the public to follow the advice of public health experts and to practice physical distancing and hygiene measures, limit public gatherings, as well as respect travel restrictions and closures.  

What’s open (updated July 16, 2020)
  • Pedestrian and bicycle access;
  • Day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
  • Parking lot;
  • Drinking fountain.
What’s closed (updated June 22, 2020)
  • Public toilets
  • Lockage and mooring are suspended until the end of August. (Boaters travelling from Montréal to Ottawa while the canal is closed will have to take the St. Lawrence Seaway. Please consult the alternative route.)
Your safety when visiting

Those who choose to access the Carillon Canal National Historic Site should follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. Everyone will need to be careful in their choices to avoid injury and to minimize any need for emergency response. 

During your visit, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends wearing non-medical masks

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Infrastructure projects

Parks Canada’s infrastructure program is considered part of the Agency’s critical services to the public. Important work will be carried out at the Carillon Canal over the coming months. Please consult the Info-Work page [lien] for more information on the upcoming work. We will continue to communicate if there are any changes in project status or schedule that impact the public.

During your visit, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends wearing non-medical masks

Management plan

 

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and implementing measures to support Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce risks to employees and visitors.

As a result, Parks Canada has also suspended all public consultations and formal engagement with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples on management plans until further notice.

Management plans are developed through consultation and input from various people and organizations, including Indigenous peoples, local and regional residents, visitors, and the public.

The Agency is currently focusing its efforts on critical operations. There is, therefore, limited capacity to undertake full and meaningful management planning consultations at this time. Parks Canada also recognizes that the focus of the Canadian public, Indigenous partners and our stakeholders is on public health and safety and the economy.

Parks Canada is committed to resuming all management planning activities, including public consultations and formal engagement with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples, once operations return to normal and capacity allows.

Stay informed 

Parks Canada is working with the municipalities and its partners to keep visitors informed and safe. For the most up to date information, visit: