GRCA reopening some areas Sat May 23

  • 21 May 2020
  • 20 Jun 2020


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On Saturday, May 23, the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) will reopen Belwood Lake (Fergus), Conestogo Lake (Wallenstein), Guelph Lake (Guelph) and Rockwood (Rockwood) conservation areas for limited recreational activities such as walking and birdwatching.

These areas will be open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Since there is no automatic gate at these conservation areas, and gatehouses will remain closed, visitors without a Grand River Parks membership pass will be required to pay by cash (exact change only) in payment boxes located at the gatehouse. Standard entrance fees will apply.

All buildings and on-site facilities, including washrooms, gatehouses, picnic areas, playgrounds, beaches and docks in these areas will remain closed. In addition, no garbage receptacles will be available and visitors are asked to carry any garbage or pet waste out with them.

The GRCA will also be reopening a number of additional natural areas to the public on Saturday, May 23 for recreational activities such as walking and birdwatching, including:

Visitors are reminded to practice physical distancing by staying at least two metres or six feet apart, and not to congregate in groups. The GRCA is also asking the public to plan short visits to areas that have been reopened to ensure the space can be shared with all those looking to get outside and into nature. Parking is limited. Some portions of the conservation areas may not be accessible. Visitors are reminded to obey signage, and keep their pets on a leash at all times.

At this time, overnight camping is not permitted at any GRCA conservation area. It is still uncertain when the GRCA will be able to offer nightly camping this season. It takes at least four weeks to prepare the parks for camping.The GRCA is tentatively planning to open seasonal camping on June 15, subject to its ability to meet all the health and safety requirements of the provincial government. Seasonal campers will receive further information regarding reopening and access to their sites directly from their park in the coming days.

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