Contributed photo Pictured is a maze of islands at the entrance to Chedabucto Bay near Canso.

LOUISBOURG: Throughout July, national historic sites on Cape Breton Island and Canso will reopen and provide limited visitor services.

The visitor centre and exhibit area at Canso Islands National Historic Site will re-open on July 13.

At the St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site, there will be no changes to the operations and the locks will remain open.

Parks Canada is working in conjunction with partners to coordinate services where possible, while adhering to health and safety measures. Some of these services may include gift shops, cafés and programming at its sites. This information will be updated on their Web site and social media as it becomes available.

Visitors should not expect the kind of experience that they have had in the past. Parks Canada is adapting to the COVID-19 situation and visitor access and services will be limited.

Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two metres from others.

Visiting a national historic site will be different than in previous years. Some national historic sites may reduce the number of visitors allowed to enter at one time to ensure physical distancing and some areas, rooms or buildings may remain closed for health and safety reasons. Some national historic sites may remain closed.

Visitors are reminded that if they plan to travel outside of their home province to visit a Parks Canada place, they must follow the applicable provincial or territorial travel restrictions. Some provinces and territories allow only essential or limited inbound travel at this time while others require those entering to follow a period of self-isolation.

The Parks Canada Web site provides detailed information on what locations are open, what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit and what services may be available. Visitors should check before they travel.

This year Canada Historic Places Day will be celebrated throughout the months of July and August. Parks Canada and the National Trust for Canada have developed a Web site aimed at promoting virtual engagement and exploration of treasured sites. Visit: