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
Starting May 22, 2021 Fort Walsh National Historic Site began to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. As of July 13, 2021, Fort Walsh will resume providing some Visitor Experience Programming.
- 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, etc.)
- There is no fuel available at the site
- Masks are recommended when inside buildings
- After September 6, services and programs reduce for the shoulder season.
What’s open (updated: August 27, 2021)
- Visitor Centre and washrooms
- Historic Buildings inside the Fort
- Site Interpretation Please note Fort Walsh is not accepting tour bookings for the 2021 operating season.
- Washrooms in the Fort
- There will not be a full service food concession available at the site as of September 1, 2021. Light snacks will be available to purchase for take out only. No indoor dining will be available.
- Metis Trail
- Battle Creek Trail
- Fort gates
- Toilets near trail heads
- Access to Battle Creek
- Access to the cemeteries
- Equestrian access to trails (Please note that in the event of a Fire Ban, no shoed horses are permitted on site.)
- Red Chairs near the Visitor Reception Centre
- Picnic sites
- Kitchen shelter (Please note that in the event of a Fire Ban, the wood cook stove is not available for use.)
- Visitor Centre Museum
- Gift Shop
- Pedestrian access to the Cypress Hills Massacre Site
- Toilets at the Cypress Hills Massacre Site
- Visitor Shuttle Service
What’s closed (updated: August 27, 2021)
- Water Fountains
- Cypress Hills Massacre Site Tour
- Interpretive Cook Tent
- Metis Cabins
- Indigenous Culture Camp
Your safety when visiting
When travelling to Fort Walsh from Elkwater, AB, please do not use online directions as there have been some issues with incorrect directions being provided and people getting lost. If you are looking for the best way to travel between those two locations, contact the site by phone.
- When travelling to Fort Walsh from Elkwater, AB, please do not use online directions as there have been some issues with incorrect directions being provided and people getting lost. If you are looking for the best way to travel between those two locations, contact the site by phone.
- 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.
- 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.
Parks Canada is working with our partners to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.
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