Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding conservation area neighbours and visitors to stay healthy and safe by following all park rules when accessing CVC parks locations during the busy fall colours season. Park rules help protect visitors, wildlife and the land at each conservation area.
CVC asks visitors to keep all dogs on-leash, practice safe and considerate trail etiquette and to only participate in authorized recreational activities within the park system.
“Our parks Enforcement Program is in place to ensure everyone has a safe, positive experience when visiting our conservation areas,” said Terri LeRoux, Senior Manager, PARCS for CVC. “Conservation areas are beautiful, natural spaces shared by the community and wildlife. We’re asking for everyone’s cooperation in adhering to park rules so we can protect all visitors and nature.”
CVC reminds the public to keep all pets on a leash six feet or less when visiting park locations. Dogs off-leash are exposed to several hazards because of the unpredictable nature of shared natural spaces. When a dog roams off-leash it can be exposed to:
- Poisonous plants (such as poison ivy)
- Wildlife (coyotes, skunks and porcupines)
- Ticks (Lyme Disease)
- Fast-flowing currents that can sweep them away
- Other dogs that aren’t dog-friendly
“We’ve seen instances in our parks where visitors and staff have been bitten, threatened or attacked by off-leash dogs,” continued LeRoux. “We encourage everyone to take an active role protecting your pets, other park visitors and wildlife in our parks. We all have a role in managing public safety in shared spaces.”
CVC parks are also home to species-at-risk which are endangered when dogs are loose. Additionally, not all park visitors can or wish to be exposed to dogs due to allergies, fears or beliefs.
Visitors who disregard the on-leash policy may be putting themselves and their dog at risk of liability. Dog owners are required by municipal by-laws and the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario to keep dogs leashed at all times.
Park visitors are also reminded to check park signage for permitted activities at each park. Cyclists must obey all posted signs and share trails with other trail users. Stay on marked trails and don’t create new ones.
CVC’s priority is to educate park visitors to ensure safety. Provincial Offences Officers, OPP, Regional Police, municipal SPCA offices and Conservation Officers patrol CVC parks to monitor prohibited activities on all CVC owned and managed lands. As a last resort, members of the public who violate the rules could face charges or be banned from conservation areas under the Conservation Authorities Act and Regulations or the Trespass to Property Act.
For more information about parks, please visit cvcparks.ca or contact 1-800-367-0890.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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