National parks and historic sites set to partially open June 1

National parks and historic sites set to partially open June 1”

Riding Mountain National Park will remain closed to visitors over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Included in the reopening plans are certain national parks, national historic sites, historic waterways, and national marine conservation areas.

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said the reopening will be very limited at first and won't apply to every park.

Parks Canada said it will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes for the full duration of the time these sites are off-limits.

With no indication of lessening global travel restrictions, the Canada-U.S. border looking likely to remain closed for at least another month, and hesitation in some provinces to welcome visitors from other regions of the country, Trudeau faced questions about what Canadians should consider for summer outings. Like it or not, the pandemic has changed everything, even how to make summer plans.

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All national parks and sites have been closed for more than a month due to the pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the package Thursday during his daily COVID-19 update in Ottawa.

The federal government will provide non-repayable grants up to $10,000 for fishermen who own their own businesses, while another $100 million will go to Farm Credit Canada in order to help farmers and aquaculture fisheries.

"So that leaves you trying to figure out how to either space people out on a fishing boat, or cancel your operations".

The Fish Harvester Benefit, structured similarly to the previously announced federal wage subsidy, offers income support covering 75 per cent of losses for harvesters losing 25 per cent or more of their income this year.

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