COVID-19 and your visit to the Saint-Ours Canal 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 the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
What’s open (updated July 17, 2020)
- Lock and mooring areas (Please consult the hours of operation to plan your visit);
- Darvard Island;
- day-use areas, including trails, green spaces and picnic areas;
- parking lot;
- drinking fountain.
What’s closed (updated July 17, 2020)
- Public toilets
Your safety when visiting
Parks Canada is preparing to receive visitors and boaters safely and will respect the standards provided by Transport Canada for Canadian boaters.
Starting the third week of July:
- Nautical distancing: 2 meters between each boat;
- No rafting;
- Touchless locking: boaters will have to tie their boats themselves and stay on boat while locking;
- Cashless payment preferred.
It is possible that boat capacity may be considerably reduced and that the waiting time may be increased at lock station. We appreciate your patience and collaboration.
Those who choose to access the Saint-Ours 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.
For more information
Parks Canada’s infrastructure program is considered part of the Agency’s critical services to the public. Please consult the Info-Work page [lien] for more information on the work in progress at the Saint-Ours Canal. We will continue to communicate if there are any changes in project status or schedule that impact the public.
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.
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