COVID-19 and your visit to Forillon National Park
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 Forillon National Park
Starting June 1, 2020 Forillon National Park will offer limited visitor access and basic services.
For the time being, while visitor services are limited, all facilities closed until further notice and access to the territory is restricted, there are no entry fees.
Check the website before each visit. The addition or withdrawal of services and activities will depend on how the Covid 19 situation evolves.
What’s open (updated June 1, 2020)
- Route 132 which runs through Forillon National Park
- Key services, such as security services (search and rescue services available but with reduced straff) and road maintenance
- Secondary roads leading to the southern sector (as far as Grande-Grave) and the northern sector
- Parking areas along the roads running through the park
- Day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas and beaches
- The Grande-Grave wharf
- The trails Prélude-à-Forillon, La Taïga, Les Parages, Du Banc, Les Graves (to L’Anse-Saint-Georges), Mont-Saint-Alban, La Vallée, Le Portage, Les Lacs (from the Rivière-au-Renard parking lot to the first lookout) and La Chute.
Please note that safety instructions have been added for some of these trails.
What’s closed (updated June 1, 2020)
- Trails: Les Crêtes, Les Lacs (from the first lookout to the Le Portage trail)
- Service buildings: Penouille, Reception and Discovery Centre,Recreation Centre
- Campsites: Petit-Gaspé, Des-Rosiers, Cap-Bon-Ami and backcountry campsites including lean-to shelters
- Picnic shelters
- Cap-des-Rosiers wharf
- Dolbel-Roberts house
- Blanchette house
- Hyman & Sons general store
Your safety when visiting
Safety is a shared responsibility.
Those who choose to access Forillon National Park, whether on foot, by bicycle or by motor vehicle, must respect all signs and closures, leave no trace, take back their garbage and human waste and follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. They must be careful in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response. Search and rescue services may be limited.
Visit our Visitor Safety section for more information on how to safely enjoy activities in Forillon National Park.