Covid-19 Parks FAQ
Are CVC parks and trails available?
Access to most CVC parks and trails is available for public use. Enhanced safety measures are in place at CVC parks in accordance with public health guidelines to maintain physical distancing and comply with gathering limits. Available park amenities include trails, water access, boat launch and washrooms, where possible. Visit our Conservation Areas page for the up-to-date status on our parks and trails.
Is parking available?
Limited parking is available at most locations. Please visit our Parks Conditions page for up-to-date status at each property.
Are washrooms available?
Washrooms are available at select locations. Enhanced safety measures are in place to help protect visitors and staff. Washroom use is limited to ensure visitors always stay six feet apart. Please follow in-park instructions. We have increased our cleaning schedule and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with public health guidelines.
Do you have contactless payment options?
Visitors can purchase admission online for Island Lake Conservation Area, Terra Cotta Conservation Area and Ken Whillans Resource Management Area. Receipts from online purchases can be shown to staff upon entry at each park or when asked. Tickets can be purchased at cvcparks.ca
Debit and credit card purchases using tap or a Conservation Parks membership are also great ways to reduce contact points at the parks. We respectfully ask that you only use cash when necessary.
Are there restrictions or guidelines I need to be aware of when accessing CVC trails?
Visitors must follow these guidelines or use at their own risk:
- Washrooms are open at select locations but are limited to one person at a time.
- Practice physical distancing by staying two metres (six feet) apart
- Stay on trails, stepping off only to allow others to pass
- Yield to oncoming trail users when crossing bridges and boardwalks
- Do not gather or arrange to meet family, friends or other groups
- Visitors must limit group sizes to no more than 10 people from your COVID-19 social circle
- Visitors in groups larger than 10 people must maintain physical distancing of at least two metres apart
- 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
- Bring your own hand sanitizer as there are limited hand-washing facilities available.
CVC also asks visitors to:
- Select the property closest to them to limit unnecessary travel. Staff will be limiting the number of visitors at each property to ensure safe physical distancing.
- Limit their stay 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 are some CVC parks and trails still closed?
We continue to work with our municipal partners to determine when all parks and trails can reopen without increasing public safety risks. Some parks physical landscape makes it very challenging to allow for physical distancing between visitors, such as Belfountain Conservation Area and the Cheltenham Badlands. These areas will remain closed until a safe plan can be established based on the information provided by Public Health.
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 parks are available?
Visitors can now access trails and some facilities within Island Lake, Upper Credit, Terra Cotta, Silver Creek, Meadowvale, Rattray Marsh and Limehouse Conservation Areas, as well as Ken Whillans Resource Management Area and the Elora Cataract Trailway.
Belfountain Conservation Area, as well as the Cheltenham Badlands remain closed until further notice. These closures continue to be enforced.
Please note: Sections of the Bruce Trail that run through the Belfountain Conservation Area and Cheltenham Badlands properties are closed.
What activities can I do at the park?
Recreational activities include walking, hiking, birdwatching, photography, cycling and fishing.
Water access is now available for personal watercraft use. Boat launch access is also available. Physical distancing rules are in place and limit the number of watercrafts allowed in designated areas at a time. Rentals are currently unavailable.
Activities that are not specifically listed on the website are not available at this time. Physical distancing rules at facilities allow CVC to better monitor park use, limit visitor and staff contact and put less strain on emergency services.
Is fishing available?
Personal watercrafts are permitted at this time. Shore fishing is available in select locations within Island Lake Conservation Area and Ken Whillans Resource Management Area. Physical distancing rules are in place at the park to limit visitor and staff contact.
Worms are available for purchase at Island Lake and Ken Whillans. 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?
Kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals are now available at Island Lake Conservation Area and Ken Whillans Resource Management Area. Fishing rods are also available and are free to use through the Tackle Share program. Limited quantities are available. Regular rental fees and deposits apply for all rentals.
Equipment rentals will be issued on a first come, first serve basis as no reservations are being accepted at this time. If possible, bring your own lifejacket.
Is boating available?
Personal watercrafts are permitted at this time. Limits are in place for dock and shoreline access to maintain physical distancing. Gas motors are not permitted at any time.
Rentals are available on a first come, first serve basis at Island Lake Conservation Area and Ken Whillans Resource Management Area. If possible, bring your own lifejacket.
Does this mean boat launches are open?
Boat launches are now open for personal watercraft use. Only three watercrafts will be permitted on the dock or at the shoreline at one time to maintain physical distancing among visitors. Please obey all onsite signage.
Is watercraft storage available at Island Lake Conservation Area?
Our watercraft storage is now open. A maximum of five people will be allowed into the storage area at one time to maintain physical distancing guidelines. Please obey all onsite signage.
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. If you have a question about a previously booked reservation, please email email@example.com.
Can I have a picnic?
To maintain visitor and staff safety, pavilions currently remain closed and picnic tables are unavailable.
Will you be hosting any events this year?
All CVC Parks events are cancelled until the end of July. 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. Memberships purchased from March 2020 through to May 2020, will get an extension of up to three months on your current membership (depending which month you purchase your card during the parks closure). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. All members affected who have provided their email will get a notification.