COVID-19 and your visit to Fort Walsh National Historic Site
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.
- 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 Fort Walsh National Historic Site
Starting June 1, 2020 Fort Walsh National Historic Site will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Information will be updated regularly. Find details below.
- Upon arrival spend time reviewing the site maps and informational bulletin boards. (As of June 1, 2020)
- Take note of signage placed throughout the site. (As of June 1, 2020)
- Green spaces are accessible. (As of June 1, 2020)
- Please clean up after and keep all pets leashed.
- There are no visitor service program offerings or guided tours available.
- Be prepared with the things you will need for your visit (ie. proper footwear, bottles of water (no potable water) etc.)
- There is no fuel available at the site.
- There is no food concession available at the site.
What’s open (updated May 25, 2020)
- The current suspension of visitor services and vehicle access by visitors in Fort Walsh National Historic Site, as well as temporary closure of visitor facilities, will remain in place until May 31.
- Limited access to the site will be available starting June 1.
- Metis Trail (open as of June 1)
- Battle Creek Trail (open as of June 1)
- Fort gates (open as of June 1)
- Toilets near trail heads and parking lot (open as of June 1)
- Access to Battle Creek (open as of June 1)
- Parking Lot (open as of June 1)
- Access to the cemeteries (open as of June 1)
- Equestrian access to trails (open as of June 1)
- Red Chairs near the Visitor Reception Centre (open as of June 1)
- Picnic site (kitchen shelter is closed) (open as of June 1)
What’s closed (updated May 25, 2020)
- Visitor Reception Centre
- Historic Buildings
- Metis Cabins
- Toilets located within the fort
- Kitchen shelter is closed (picnic site is open)
- No fuel
- No food available
Your safety when visiting
- Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you and others.
- Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.
- Note that the back country of Fort Walsh is home to cougars. Hike with caution.
- Cellular telephone service is unavailable.
- No potable water.
- Abide by all travel advisories and area closures.
- Important information about safety while enjoying Fort Walsh National Historic Site
- This is an evolving situation. For more information visit the Public Health Agency of Canada Coronavirus disease page, and the Government of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 page
Parks Canada is working with our partners to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.
For the most up to date information, visit: