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 the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

The 2021 boating season is now underway!

We ask the public to follow the advice of public health experts and to practice physical distancing, hygiene measures and as well as respect travel restrictions and closures.

What’s open (updated July 30, 2021)
  • Lockage and mooring;
  • Public toilets;
  • Pedestrian and bicycle access;
  • Day-use areas, including trails, green spaces and picnic areas;
  • Parking lot;
  • Darvard Island access;
  • oTENTik accommodation units.
What’s closed (updated July 30, 2021)


Your safety when visiting 

Parks Canada is preparing to receive visitors and boaters safely and will respect the standards provided by Transport Canada for Canadian boaters.

  • Nautical distancing: 2 meters between each boat;
  • No rafting;
  • Touchless locking: boaters will have to tie their boats themselves and stay on boat while locking;
  • Cashless payment preferred;
  • Wearing a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory during lockage.

It is possible that boat capacity may be considerably reduced and that the waiting time may be increased at lock station. We appreciate your patience and collaboration.

Those who choose to access the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site should follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. Everyone will need to be careful in their choices to avoid injury and to minimize any need for emergency response.

During your visit, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends wearing non-medical masks.

For more information

Infrastructure projects

Parks Canada’s infrastructure program is considered part of the Agency’s critical services to the public. Please consult the Info-Work page for more information on the work in progress at the Saint-Ours Canal. We will continue to communicate if there are any changes in project status or schedule that impact the public.

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