Gradual reopening of national parks and historic sites to come

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Canada is slowly starting to emerge from its COVID-19 cocoon, with the federal government on the verge of announcing a gradual reopening of national parks and heritage sites, and more provinces are taking the first steps to stop the return to normal.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of the Environment Jonathan Wilkinson are expected to announce today their intention to begin a gradual opening of federal parks and historic sites across the country.

Since the deadly virus causing COVID-19 locked the country in mid-March, all national parks and historic sites have been closed, visitor services and all access to motor vehicles suspended.

Tourists admire Waterton Lake in Waterton National Park, Alberta, August 9, 2019. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson are expected to announce today their intention to begin a gradual reopening of federal parks and historic sites across the country. (Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press)

Gradual reopening must be accompanied by measures to ensure the safety of visitors and workers.

The plan includes some 38 parks and 171 historic sites, including lighthouses, forts, canals and monuments, which are administered by Parks Canada.

However, none of them should be open in time for the long weekend ahead.

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