Official Tourism Resource & Information for the Coronavirus Disease
How is this affecting the Cape Breton Island Tourism Industry
As of Thursday, March 19, restaurants were restricted to take-out and delivery orders only. All drinking establishments, winery, and distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms were told to close (private liquor stores can operate, and craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries can still sell their products from their storefronts).
UPDATE: The province has released that these establishments will be able to reopen if they are ready and choose to do so on June 5, 2020.
Starting on June 1, 2020, Parks Canada places on Cape Breton Island, and Canso will begin to offer limited access and services. What’s open on our Parks Canada sites starting June 1? Learn More
Starting on June 22, Parks will gradually reopen camping facilities starting with select self-registration camping areas with limited capacity. Additional camping will reopen in phases, at reduced occupancy, throughout June and July. Visitors are required to have a reservation in order to camp at a Parks Canada place. Parks Canada recognizes being in nature provides important physical and mental health benefits. Going outdoors, including camping overnight, is a great way to maintain health and wellness, so long as everyone follows physical distancing practices.
Visitors should note that there are limited washroom facilities available in select areas. For more information on camping this season, please click here to learn more.
Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice. For current pass holders, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes for the full duration of the suspended period.
To learn more about visiting Parks Canada locations during COVID-19 click here or see the FAQ link below.
Events and Conferences
We don’t know the full impact this outbreak will have on the 2020 tourism season on the Island, but it has already had a significant effect:
- The Team Japan training camp that was to take place in Port Hawkesbury in advance of the IIHF Women’s World Cup has been postponed to 2021;
- Science Atlantic conferences and Psychology of Language Learning conference at Cape Breton University have been cancelled;
- The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities has cancelled it’s spring conference which was scheduled for May in Sydney;
- The cruise season has been delayed until October 31, 2020;
- The Vince Ryan Memorial Hockey Tournament and the Wallace Bernard Memorial Native Youth Hockey Tournament have been cancelled;
- The Canadian National Darts Championships, both Youth and Adults, have been cancelled;
- The Cabot Trail Relay has been cancelled for the first time in history;
- Granville Green Concert Series has been cancelled for this year;
- Senior Little League Canadian Championships have been cancelled;
- National Youth Track and Field Championships have been cancelled;
- Marine Atlantic Argentia-North Sydney route has been cancelled for the summer season;
- Celtic Colours International Festival will be held online only for 2020; and
- Bookings are being effected.
Destination Cape Breton’s Recovery Plans
We’ve been working to ensure that when the time is right we are ready to promote and encourage visitors to our beautiful island.
On May 1st we provided an update that included:
- Industry Communication
- Advocacy for the Industry
- Contingency Planning, and
- Short-Term Initiatives
Tourism & COVID-19 News
June 2, 2020
No new cases identified in Nova Scotia on Tuesday
May 29, 2020
Large cruise ships banned from Canadian waters until October 31, 2020
Nova Scotia to allow 10-person gatherings as no new cases announced on Friday
‘A Beautiful Thing’: Gift card campaign to benefit essential workers
May 28, 2020
Parks Canada to ease restrictions at Cape Breton sites beginning Monday
Nova Scotia Health Authority reintroducing programs impacted by pandemic
Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus projects $30 million in lost revenue because of COVID-19
CBRM extends deadline for grant applications
May 27, 2020
Most NS businesses forced to close due to COVID-19 can reopen June 5
Prime Minister Trudeau says jobs available for young people, implores employers to re-hire
The Province invests $230 Million to stimulate the economy and create jobs
May 26, 2020
Prime Minister plans to take COVID-19 antibody test once available
Cape Breton Royal Canadian Legion branches turn to headquarters for help during COVID-19
Parliament can’t fully resume without virtual voting in place, says Trudeau
May 25, 2020
Trudeau pushing for 10 days of paid sick leave from provinces amid coronavirus
Antibody treatment for COVID-19 ready for clinical trials, says Toronto scientist
Airlines searching for ways to get Canadians traveling again
May 21, 2020
Celtic Colours International Festival to be held online this year
Trudeau offering provinces, territories help to ‘scale-up’ testing, contact tracing
‘The second wave will come’ and experts say Canada is not prepared
May 20, 2020
Canada’s Cheif Public Health Officer says it is now recommended that Canadians wear facemasks
Feds to announce additional pandemic funding for off-reserve Indigenous People
Maritime provinces with few COVID-19 cases float travel bubble but public health experts urge caution
May 19, 2020
Canada-US border to remain closed to non-essential travel for another month, Prime Minister says it’s the ‘right thing’
Amid COVID-19 uncertainty, Yarmouth ferry service slated to resume July 15