Starting June 1, some Parks Canada places will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Information will be updated regularly.

Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be managed will be available for visitation. We are asking visitors to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, respect closures, follow the guidance of public health experts, and to make every effort to keep one another safe.

Opening details will differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Parks Canada and COVID-19 (updated May 27, 2020)

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.

Being outdoors and in nature brings a number of health and wellness benefits., It is important that people have access to natural spaces where they can go to get exercise and fresh air in settings that facilitate physical distancing.

On June 1, 2020, Parks Canada will begin a safe, gradual opening of some outdoor locations in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.

This means:

  • Starting June 1, visitors will be permitted to access some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations. Until then, all suspensions of visitor services and closures of facilities announced in March remain in place.
  • For their own safety, visitors should not try to access locations that are closed.
  • All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Group activities and public events will be prohibited until further notice. All existing reservations set to take place prior to June 21, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.
  • Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.

Important information about your visit to the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

What’s open (updated June 1, 2020)
  • Pedestrian and bicycle access is still possible along the Lachine Canal
  • Parkings
What’s closed (updated June 1, 2020)
  • Washrooms
  • Atwater Footbridge
  • Charlevoix Bridge (open for pedestrians and cyclists only)
  • Lockage and mooring are suspended 

Your safety when visiting

While pedestrian and bicycle access is still possible along the Lachine Canal, Parks Canada asks that visitors to follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. They must be careful in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response.

If you visit the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends wearing non-medical masks.

Water management

Although visitor services are temporarily suspended, Parks Canada will continue to deliver a number of critical functions, including water management on historic waterways. 

Water level in the Lachine Canal will be gradually increased starting June 6, 2020. The canal should be totally filled on June 12. 

The date of the start of the navigation will be communicated to you as soon as known.

Your safety during your visit

Parks Canada wishes to inform users that non-motorized nautical activities, such as kayak, canoe, pedal boat and stand up paddle board, are prohibited until further notice. Swimming is also prohibited at all times in the canal. Be careful on the banks of the canal to avoid falls.

Stay informed

Parks Canada is working with its partners and the City of Montreal, which analyses the situation as it evolves and follows the recommendations issued by the Direction régionale de santé publique, to keep visitors informed and safe.

For the most up to date information, visit: