COVID-19 and your visit to Fort Chambly National Historic Site
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 Fort Chambly National Historic Site
Fort Chambly National Historic Site will be partially open July 15 to September 7, 2020 every day, from 10 am to 5 pm and, September 9 to October 12, 2020, Wednesday to Sunday, 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 have access to the ground floor of the historic site. They will be able to enjoy the open courtyard and two exhibition rooms on the history of Fort Chambly and access the washrooms. The tour is self-guided. A limited number of visitors will be allowed in at once.
No group activities will be offered this season.
The parking lots and Fort Chambly Park are open from dawn to 11 pm. The park is an enchanting setting for strolling, picnicking and relaxing.
Public washrooms are available for park users at the entrance to parking lot P1 and at the Guardhouse, near parking lot P2. Visitors should be prepared to be self-sufficient when they visit and pack extra hygiene supplies, such as hand sanitizer, wipes and a tablecloth, and bring their own water and food.
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. As a result, the Canada Day festivities, St. Louis Day and the Artistes sur le champ Symposium, Voitures anciennes du Québec, Archaeology Month activities, Bières et Saveurs and Journées de la culture will not take place this year.
What’s open (updated July 13, 2020)
- Parking lots
- Open courtyard of the historic site
- Ground floor exhibitions
- Guardhouse (washrooms)
- Fort Chambly Park and picnic areas
What’s closed (updated July 13, 2020)
- "Smuggling, outsmart the exhibition"
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.