COVID-19 and your visit to Fort Walsh National Historic Site
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about your visit to Fort Walsh National Historic Site
There is currently no potable water available at the site.
Starting May 22, 2021 Fort Walsh National Historic Site will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures.
- There will not be a full service food concession available at the site in 2021. Light snacks will be available to purchase for take out only. No indoor dining will be available in 2021.
- Upon arrival spend time reviewing the site maps and informational bulletin boards
- Take note of signage placed throughout the site
- Please clean up after and keep all pets leashed
- 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
What’s open (updated May 5, 2021)
- Visitor Centre and washrooms (open as of May 22)
- Historic Buildings inside the Fort except Superintendent’s Residence and the Courthouse (open as of May 22)
- Roving Site Interpretation (open as of May 22) Please note Fort Walsh is not accepting tour bookings for the 2021 operating season. There are no formal group guided tours available.
- Washrooms in the Fort (open as of May 22)
- Light Snack Concession; Take out only (open as of May 22)
- Metis Trail
- Battle Creek Trail
- Fort gates (open as of May 22)
- Toilets near trail heads and parking lot (open as of May 22)
- Access to Battle Creek
- Access to the cemeteries
- Equestrian access to trails
- Red Chairs near the Visitor Reception Centre (open as of May 22)
- Picnic sites (open as of May 22)
- Kitchen shelter (open as of May 22)
- Visitor Centre Museum (as of May 22)
- Theatre (as of May 22)
- Gift Shop (as of May 22)
- Pedestrian access to the Cypress Hills Massacre Site (as of May 22)
- Toilets at the Cypress Hills Massacre Site (as of May 22)
- First Nations Interpretive Camp (as of July 1)
What’s closed (updated May 5, 2021)
- Shuttle Service
- Water Fountains
- Cypress Hills Massacre Site Tour
- Interpretive Cook Tent
- Metis Cabins
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 may not be reliable.
- 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
- We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at Fort Walsh National Historic Site. An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.
In accordance with Saskatchewan Health Authority guidelines, wearing a non-medical mask is required in all indoor public spaces in Saskatchewan. This includes all areas of the Fort Walsh Visitor Reception Centre, historic buildings, washrooms and any other indoor place on site.
Parks Canada is working with our partners to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.
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