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 Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site

Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site will be partially open July 13 to September 7, 2020, every day, from 10 am to 5 pm. Parks Canada staff will be on site to direct visitors and answer their questions. However, strict physical distancing measures must be observed to protect visitors and employees.

Visitors will be able to learn about the history of the Coteau-du-Lac via the panels of the outdoor interpretation circuit. The park is an enchanting setting for strolling, picnicking and relaxing.

Visitors will be able to explore the archaeological remains and take advantage of the tour to learn more about the site. They will be able to participate on their own in the following activities: the butterfly nature circuit, the photo rally, the word search and the monarch garden. The blockhouse will exceptionally remain closed to visitors this season.

No group activities will be offered this season. Visitors will be able to access the Interpretation Centre for a brief history on the site.

Portable toilets will be available for visitors to the site. People with reduced mobility will have access to the Interpretation Centre's washrooms.

Parks Canada is doing its part by cancelling event programming in light of physical distancing instructions that would have been difficult to follow, at least until August 31, 2020. Accordingly, the Canada Day festivities and Learn to Camp program will not take place.

What’s open (updated July 10, 2020)
  • Parking lot
  • The Reception and Interpretation Centre (limited access)
  • Indoor washrooms (for people with reduced mobility)
  • Outdoor toilets (access to all)
  • Trails
What’s closed (updated July 10, 2020)
  • Blockhouse
  • Drinking fountains
  • Indoor washrooms (except for people with reduced mobility)
  • Gift shop
Your safety when visiting
  • Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Quebec public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times.
  • Observe all signage and closures.
  • Practice physical distancing by keeping a healthy space of two metres between you and others.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face. Use hand sanitizer when in public spaces where you must touch surfaces.
  • 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.

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