National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries re-opening using a phased approach

Our connection with the natural world is critical to our health and well-being.

We are pleased to be re-opening some of our publicly accessible National Wildlife Areas across Canada. In this first phase of reopening, trails, parking lots, and some washrooms are open to support autonomous day-use activities. However, full resumption of operations and services will follow a phased-in approach.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians, visitors and employees. Social and physical distancing restrictions will remain in place until further notice from local and regional health authorities.

We invite Canadians to reconnect to nature safely by following best practices based on local COVID-19 restrictions.

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For more information on the status of a National Wildlife Areas near you, consult our chart below.

Current status of National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries

National Wildlife Areas table
Province National wildlife area Status
British Columbia Alaksen National Wildlife Area
(and George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary)
Trails, parking lots and washrooms are open
British Columbia Vaseux-Bighorn National Wildlife Area
(and Vaseux Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary)
Trails and parking lots are open
Saskatchewan Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area
(and Last Mountain Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary)
Trails, parking lots and washrooms are open
Quebec Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area Trails, parking lots and washrooms are open.
Interpretive activities are suspended until further notice.
Quebec Lac Saint Francois National Wildlife Area Trails, parking lots and washrooms are open.
Interpretive activities are suspended until further notice.
Quebec Baie de l’Ise Verte National Wildlife Area Trails, parking lots and washrooms are open.
Interpretive activities are suspended until further notice.
Quebec Pointe de l'Est National Wildlife Area Trails and parking lots are open.
Interpretive activities are suspended until further notice.
Quebec Pointe au Pere National Wildlife Area The trail and the parking lot are open.
Quebec Îles de l'Estuaire National Wildlife Area Closed for the season
New Brunswick Shepody National Wildlife Area Trails and parking lots are open
New Brunswick Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area Trails and parking lots are open
New Brunswick Tintamarre National Wildlife Area Trails and parking lots are open
Nova Scotia Chignecto National Wildlife Area
(and Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary)
Trails and parking lots are open
Nova Scotia Wallace Bay National Wildlife Area Trails and parking lots are open
Ontario Wye Marsh National Wildlife Area Trails, parking lots and washrooms are open
Ontario Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area Trails, parking lots and washrooms are open
Ontario Big Creek National Wildlife Area Trails, the Big Creek Unit parking lot, and washrooms are open
Ontario Mississippi Lake National Wildlife Area Trails, parking lots and washrooms are open
Ontario St. Clair National Wildlife Area Trails, parking lots and washrooms are open
Ontario Long Point National Wildlife Area Thoroughfare Unit beach is open to the public. Long Point beach is currently closed. The remainder of the NWA is also closed to the public, except for permit holders.
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