Visitors are asked to plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

June 9, 2021                      Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario                    Parks Canada Agency

National historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas offer Canadians places to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of being outdoors and opportunities to discover history, while respecting the guidance of public health experts.

Beginning June 14 and 16 respectively, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St. Joseph NHS are pleased to welcome visitors for the 2021 season. Visitors are reminded to follow outdoor etiquette including respecting any closures and restrictions, yielding to oncoming users in narrow spaces, properly disposing of any garbage, and continuing to adhere to all hygiene rules.

For information on specific activities and programs being offered at the national historic sites this season, visitors are encouraged to check the websites regularly and follow us on social media.

The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada. Before visiting, there are a few things that everyone should remember:

·  Plan ahead. The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what locations are open, what to expect, how to prepare, and what services are available. Be sure to check the website before you travel.

·  Follow travel restrictions and respect the guidance of public health experts. We all need to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep one another safe. It is important to always follow travel restrictions, even when visiting national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.

·  Make safe choices. Choose activities that correspond with your level of experience in order to avoid injury and/or getting lost and help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.

·  Be self-sufficient. Pack a kit that includes extra hygiene supplies such as hand sanitizer, soap, masks or face coverings, garbage bags and a tablecloth. Although the gift shops will be stocked with light snack items and beverages, you should be prepared to bring your own water and food.

·  Leave no trace. Help us keep these special places clean by using appropriate garbage containers or by taking all your garbage with you.

·  Respect wildlife. Learn more about the wildlife at the site before you visit, remember to never feed wildlife, always give them space, maintain a clean campsite, respect closures and speed limits, and keep your dog on a leash at all times.

Further information and tips to help ensure a safe and enjoyable visit are available on the Parks Canada website at: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/securite-safety/covid-19-info/covid-19-visite-visit

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