Covid-19 Parks FAQ
Are CVC parks and trails available?
Access to select CVC trails is available for limited use, while maintaining physical distancing. All park amenities (including washrooms) remain closed. Visit our Conservation Areas page for up-to-date status of our parks and trails.
Is parking available?
Limited parking is available at select locations. Please visit our Parks Conditions page for up-to-date status at each property.
Are washrooms available?
Washrooms remain closed. Plan your visit accordingly and bring your own hand sanitizer as there are no hand washing facilities available.
Are there restrictions or guidelines I need to be aware of when accessing CVC trails?
Visitors must follow these guidelines:
- Washrooms remain closed. Plan your visit accordingly and bring your own hand sanitizer as there are no hand washing facilities available.
- Practice physical distancing by staying two metres (six feet) apart
- Stay on trails, stepping off only to allow others to pass
- Visitors must limit group sizes to no more than 5 people from the same household in accordance with provincial restrictions.
- Yield to oncoming trail users when crossing bridges and boardwalks
- Do not gather or arrange to meet family, friends or other groups
- Keep pets on leash and clean up after them
- Do not litter
- Take all trash with you when leaving the property
- Be mindful of wildlife and plant-life
- Do not trespass on private property next to CVC trails
- Respect the instructions provided by our dedicated staff
CVC also asks visitors to:
- Select the property closest to them in order to limit unnecessary travel. Staff will be limiting the number of visitors at each property to ensure safe physical distancing.
- Limit their stay to one hour or less to ensure everyone can enjoy an experience in nature.
- Be prepared to turn back if a property is full. Illegal parking is subject to fines and towing.
Why aren’t all CVC parks and trails available?
We’re working with our municipal partners to determine which parks and trails we can give access to without increasing public safety risks. In addition, a number of critical steps need to be taken before properties can be made available. These include:
- Recalling conservation area staff.
- Checking nearly 100 kilometres of trails for hazards and safety concerns.
- Removing barriers from 76 locations.
- Preparing operations across the system for safe physical distancing.
- Changing park signage.
- Performing enhanced maintenance and cleaning operations.
- Ensuring vendor support with services such as garbage pick-up.
- Coordinating our changing parks status with municipal partner authorities (police, by-law) and other land management agencies.
What’s the difference between provincial parks, conservation reserves and conservation areas?
Provincial conservation reserves and provincial parks are not the same as conservation areas. Your local conservation areas are owned and operated by conservation authorities. Conservation reserves are owned and operated by Ontario Parks.
What facilities are available?
Visitors can now access trails within Island Lake, Upper Credit, Terra Cotta and Limehouse Conservation Areas, as well as Ken Whillans Resource Management Area and the Elora Cataract Trailway. Access to trails within Silver Creek Conservation Area begins Friday, May 15.
Belfountain, Meadowvale and Rattray Marsh Conservation Areas, as well as the Cheltenham Badlands remain closed until further notice. These closures continue to be enforced.
What activities can I do at the park?
Recreational activities are limited to walking, hiking, birdwatching, photography, cycling and shore fishing where permitted.
Activities that are not specifically listed on the website are not available at this time. Limited facilities allow CVC to better monitor park use, limit staff contact and put less strain on emergency services.
Is fishing available?
Shore fishing is available in select locations within Island Lake Conservation Area and Ken Whillans Resource Management Area.
Baitfish are not permitted. Worms, where Ontario Fishing Regulations allow, will continue to be allowed as bait in CVC conservation areas. CVC doesn’t allow harvesting of baitfish, frogs, leeches or crayfish in its parks.
Are equipment rentals available?
To maintain visitor and staff safety, equipment rentals are presently not available.
Is boating available?
To maintain visitor and staff safety, boating is not permitted at this time (this includes personal watercrafts).
Does this mean boat launches aren’t open?
Boat launches are not open at this time. We need time to install docks and get ready for water access. This will increase workload and demand on staff in respect to safety and potential emergency response.
Washrooms need to be open to support water-based recreation. At this time all facilities, including washrooms and on-site storage areas, remain closed in order to maintain visitor and staff safety.
Is watercraft storage available at Island Lake Conservation Area?
Our watercraft storage remains closed until we can re-open water access. If you need to retrieve your watercraft call 1-800-367-0890 to make an appointment. Expiry dates of current users will be extended for a minimum of two months and will be reassessed as needed.
Are you accepting group reservations?
Group reservations cannot be made until further notice. Reservations are subject to compliance with provincial restrictions on gatherings at that time. Every effort will be made to contact you for changes to your booking within 30 days.
Can I have a picnic?
To maintain visitor and staff safety, all picnic tables and pavilions remain closed.
Will you be hosting any events this year?
All CVC Parks events are cancelled until the end of June. Up-to-date listings can be found on our events calendar. We will assess future events based on the direction of the province and public health authorities.
Will my membership be extended because of the closure?
Memberships that were impacted by the closure will be extended. Please contact email@example.com for more information.