2020

Parks Canada temporarily suspends all visitor services across the country until further notice 

March 17, 2020, Gatineau, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency - 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 taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces. 

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services in all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country until further notice. The Agency will be monitoring the situation and will communicate regularly. 

Parks Canada will limit its activities to basic critical operations and many staff will work from home. Visitor facilities will be closed temporarily, including washrooms and day use facilities. Some conservation activities will also be temporarily suspended, including projects with external researchers. 

While visitor services are temporarily suspended, Parks Canada will continue to deliver a number of critical functions, including highway management and snow removal, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, as well as avalanche forecasting and control, among others.

Visitors may use front country and backcountry areas as well as accessible green spaces. Should Canadians decide to visit, they should remember that they are always responsible for their own safety. They should consult Parks Canada’s website to be prepared for their visit and be aware of any area closures. Search and rescue services may be limited. Visitors should exercise additional caution at this time and avoid activities with safety risks.

There are a number of tourism businesses and operations within Parks Canada places. These operators are valued partners and provide important services to visitors. They may continue to operate and clients should check with them before visiting to ensure that there has been no change to their services.

Parks Canada will cease taking new reservations until April 30, 2020. All existing reservations for this period will be refunded in full. In addition, the Agency is currently developing an approach to honour passes, in light of travel restrictions and closures related to COVID-19. Details will be communicated in due course.

A complete list of Parks Canada places that are closed and the parameters of these closures will be available on the Parks Canada website soon. Please visit pc.gc.ca regularly for updates.

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“At this critical time, our top priority remains the health and safety of Canadians. We are doing everything we can to contain the novel coronavirus and reduce the burden on our healthcare system. We all look forward to resuming normal operations at Parks Canada places, but for now we must follow the advice of public health experts and work together to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada


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Infrastructure upgrades during 2020 season

SAINT-OURS, QUEBEC, January 30, 2020 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public of upcoming federal infrastructure projects at the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site beginning in spring 2020. While the site will remain open, Parks Canada would like to advise on work to be undertaken and how it may impact visitors. 

Come visit us in 2020!
While these important improvements to the Saint-Ours Canal are underway, the site will remain accessible to all, and special programming will be set up in collaboration with the Friends of the Saint-Ours Canal during the summer season. All visitors are invited to take advantage of the beautiful season to admire the nautical show as boats move through the lock and to participate in the programming put forward by the Friends of the Saint-Ours Canal in collaboration with Parks Canada. Cycling, picnicking, relaxing, special events and riverside strolls are all on the program!

Superintendent’s house: A new roof
The Superintendent’s house will be updated with a new roof, using a conservation approach modelling its original construction with Canadian-style stainless steel sheets. Damaged components of the roof will be removed or repaired, along with the removal of bulk asbestos (vermiculite), a material commonly used for the era in which the house was built. The project will also involve refurbishing the insulation and lining of chimneys, replacing water damaged boards and restoring the air exchange between the roof and the exterior.

This work is scheduled to begin in May 2020 and last for approximately one month. Once confirmed, the work schedule will be shared, as the Superintendent’s house will not be accessible to the public for the duration of the roofing repair work. 

Rehabilitation of the wastewater collection system
Parks Canada must complete a full replacement of the domestic sewage treatment system on Darvard Island. This important facility serves the Superintendent’s house and the oTENTik accommodation site. The work is in the planning stages and is scheduled for the fall of 2020. Until the work is complete, the washroom facilities within the Superintendent’s house are not accessible and temporary washroom facilities will be available for visitors. Additionally, oTENTik accommodations will not be offered for the full 2020 visitor season. 

Parks Canada makes every effort to minimize disruption to visitors, however with Canada’s northern climate and short construction season, work commonly needs to be carried out during the milder periods of the year, including during our visitor season. Parks Canada appreciates the patience and understanding of our visitors as we complete these important upgrades to our treasured places.

Parks Canada is leading important infrastructure work to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas, including along the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site.

2019

Infrastructure improvement work to lock and dam

SAINT-OURS, Quebec, October 25, 2019 – Parks Canada would like to inform the public that major infrastructure work is being carried out on the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site. Various improvement projects have been planned for the fall and winter months, outside of the busy navigational season, to help minimize impacts to visitors.  

Work is ongoing on the marine structures of the Saint-Ours Canal, including updates to the mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems. The operation system of the lock, formerly hydraulic, will be replaced by an electromechanical system. From the end of October 2019 until spring 2020, work is planned for the repair of the top of the lock’s doors of the gate valves. 

Parks Canada is also continuing the work on the Saint-Ours dam and on the Vianney-Legendre fishway, which are both planned to be completed by the end of December 2019. Among the work planned on the dam, including replacing the valves, repairing the concrete, stop log and sector gate No. 4, and installing guardrails on the bridge deck. Work to the fishway includes rehabilitation of the downstream gate, the replacement of the trash grate on the upstream side, and the installation of deflectors to reduce vortices and enhance its effectiveness. 

While the work will take place outside the navigation season, the safety of the public and contractors on-site is a priority for Parks Canada. The access to Darvard Island will be maintained most of the time; however, the contractor may need to restrict the passage to facilitate the realisation of some specific work. During construction, Parks Canada asks the public to exercise caution and comply with construction zones and signage. 

Parks Canada is leading infrastructure work in places like the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.


2019 Boating season

CHAMBLY (Quebec), May 16, 2019 – Parks Canada announces the gradual opening of the 2019 boating season on Parks Canada's historic canals in Quebec. Due to the recent severe flooding, opening to navigation will be delayed in some locations, and sites will remain closed to the public along the banks until further notice.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site
The Lachine Canal will be open to welcome recreational boaters for the boating season from today, May 17, until Monday, October 14th, 2019. Happy boating season to all!

Chambly Canal National Historic Site
The Chambly Canal season should be open to recreational boaters for the boating season from May 24 until Monday, October 14th, 2019. Prior to the opening of the season, visitors along the banks can still enjoy their favourite outdoor activities, as the canal path remains accessible at all times. 

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
The Saint-Ours Canal season should be open to recreational boaters for the boating season from May 24 until Monday, October 14th, 2019. It should be noted that the facilities located on Darvard Island will be closed to the public along the banks, as well as to recreational boaters until further notice. Parks Canada is asking for the cooperation of the public to respect traffic signs in order to maintain a safe and secure site. 

Carillon Canal National Historic Site
The Carillon Canal, as well as the park, are currently closed to the public along the banks and on the waterway. Parks Canada will inform the public of the reopening of facilities as soon as officials lift the restriction of navigation on the Ottawa River. 

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, as well as the park are currently closed to the public, along the banks and on the waterway. Parks Canada will inform the public of the reopening of facilities as soon as possible. 

Parks Canada is making every effort to ensure the rehabilitation and safe operations of our national historic canals and will inform the public of their reopening as soon as possible. The Agency is seeking the cooperation and support of all users in showing their understanding, exercising caution, and to respect the temporary traffic signs. 

For further details on the service periods and the opportunities for discovery on Quebec's historic canals, Parks Canada invites you to consult parkscanada.gc.ca/canals or contact 1 888 773-8888.

As part of Parks Canada network of historic sites and national parks, the national historic canals offer more than a million recreational boaters and visitors exceptional visitor services and recreational and heritage experiences.


 

Parks Canada at the 2019 Montreal Boat Show: Enjoy the view, enjoy life!

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of the 2019 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from January 31th to 3rd at Place Bonaventure to raise awareness of one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. Parks Canada will welcome visitors this year to its space featuring Canada's historic canals and will help them plan their boat trips. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2019 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada is preparing plenty of surprises for you: novelties, promotional offers for the 2019 season, contests and much more! The Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario waterways team has assembled a package to guarantee you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

An unbeatable pre-season offer!

The seasonal lockage permit is valid throughout the navigation season and allows you to go through any lock system that is part of Canada's national historic canals. The seasonal night mooring permit allows night mooring at seven national historic canals, two national parks and one national marine conservation area.

The pre-season offer will allow recreational boaters to save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit.

Just have your boat registration number as well as the length of your boat on hand to make the purchase on the spot.

The 2019 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Quebec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet pleasure boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as January 31!

2018

Start of New Boating Season at Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

Friday, May 18, 2018 Saint-Ours, Quebec Parks Canada 

Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Today, the Parks Canada team was pleased to welcome the very first boaters of 2018, Mr. Cormier and Mrs. Verreault. Their passage marks the opening of a season that promises to be exceptional at the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site. Last year, more than 5,800 boats locked through the Canal.

Boaters can obtain more information online about locking and mooring services, as well as 2018 activities. Happy boating!


YOUR DREAM JOB AT PARKS CANADA! 

Available positions : lock and bridge operator

Closing date: 7 February 2018

Operating the controls of the locks and bridges on a historic canal, welcoming boaters, providing visitors with quality service and working in a unique setting... Interested in the world of navigation? Parks Canada’s Quebec Waterways team is currently seeking qualified candidates. Spread the word!

Working the locks for Parks Canada: An exciting job awaits!

Parks Canada is looking to several lock and bridge operator term positions on Quebec historic canals.

The lock operator’s job is complex. For example, at Locks 1, 2 and 3 on the Chambly Canal, 47 different actions are required to let a boat through: opening the sluices and gates, manoeuvring the swing bridge, controlling the traffic lights, and so on. Each canal thus has it specificities you will get accustomed to.

Qualities sought 

Candidates must be enthusiastic, physically fit and able to multitask—and enjoy working outside, rain or shine. Parks Canada’s lock keepers are known for their exceptional customer service, so it is important to enjoy working with the public.

Candidates must be available from May to October, have completed high school (Secondary V) and hold a driver’s licence. The ability to communicate in English is considered an asset.

The available positions are term positions (with possibility of permanent appointment) and well-paying, with an hourly rate between $22.16 and $24.09 depending on experience.

This enriching and fulfilling job could be yours!

Feel at home on the water and looking for a seasonal job? It is time to apply. Visit jobs.gc.ca to read about the details and the process you must follow lien par canal. Hurry up, the recruitment period closes on February 7!


Parks Canada at the 2018 Montreal Boat Show: An in-depth experience

January 22, 2018, Montreal, Quebec Parks Canada Agency 

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of the 2018 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from February 1st to 4th at Place Bonaventure to raise awareness of one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. With the special participation of the New York State Canals, we'll welcome visitors this year to our space featuring Canada's historic canals and we'll help them plan their boat trips. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2018 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada is preparing plenty of surprises for you: novelties, promotional offers for the 2018 season, virtual reality experiences, contests and much more! The Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario waterways team has assembled a package to guarantee you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

An unbeatable pre-season offer!

The seasonal lockage permit is valid throughout the navigation season and allows you to go through any lock system that is part of Canada's national historic canals. The seasonal night mooring permit allows night mooring at seven national historic canals, two national parks and one national marine conservation area.

The pre-season offer will allow recreational boaters to save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit.

Just have your boat registration number as well as the length of your boat on hand to make the purchase on the spot.

Activities for the whole family

For the greater pleasure of visitors, a locking experience in virtual reality will be made available this year. Come and see us and our cutting edge equipment will enable you to experience a locking as though you were really there!

On Sunday February 4th, come and meet Parks Canada's superstar, the mascot Parka. Since Parka loves making new friends, take advantage of it by taking a picture with her!

Conference of New York and Canada historic canals

This year, Parks Canada is pleased to collaborate with New York State Canals to offer you an exciting conference that goes beyond the borders! Discover the popular nautical circuits through the Canadian and American historic canals, from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to the Thousand Islands via Chambly and Lake Champlain, or even spend the night at the Lachine Canal to enjoy Montreal's attractions! The lockkeepers will be on hand to answer all your questions and provide you with the information you need to properly plan your next trip, including tips for night mooring, safety in the locks and much more. Don't miss this opportunity!

The 2018 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Quebec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet pleasure boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as February 1st!