COVID-19 Update

Parks of the St. Lawrence


Updated July 7, 2020

Important Notice

All visitors will be REQUIRED to wear a mask when entering any of our indoor facilities. This includes office spaces, registration buildings, and washrooms within our parks, campgrounds and beaches.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit and Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit have implemented a mandatory mask directive across Eastern Ontario for all public and commercial indoor spaces under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

We will still be following all physical distancing protocols and advanced cleaning practices within all of our facilities. For all additional information and exceptions, please visit: https://bit.ly/3ixMW2i


Reopening of Campgrounds & Day-Use Facilities

Good news for campers and day-use visitors!

We are excited to share our plans for phase two of the reopening of Parks of the St. Lawrence campgrounds and beaches on June 26, 2020. Our teams have been hard at work making sure that our parks are ready to safely open for the 2020 season.

As of June 12, 2020, we welcomed seasonal campers back, the Long Sault Parkway opened for drive-through traffic only and our registration/retail buildings opened with limited access and hours of operation.

Here is what you can expect:

June 12th 

  • McLaren and Farran Campgrounds will be open extended-stay campers only
  • Long Sault Parkway will be open to drive-through traffic only
  • Registration/retail buildings opened with limited access and hours of operation

June 26th

  • Ivy Lea Campground open to extended-stay campers and transient campers
  • Woodlands Campground open to transient campers
  • Farran Campgrounds open to transient campers
  • Limited transient camping will be available at McLaren Campground. This is due to COVID-19 related delays with new washroom construction and displacement of extended stay campers
  • Milles Roche Beach and Brown’s Bay Beach will be open with reduced days of operation, hours and limited picnic tables. Both beaches will be open Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Limited retail products at our registration buildings
  • Some day-use areas along the Long Sault Parkway

Closed Until at Least July 16:

  • Roofed Accommodations

Campgrounds and facilities that will remain closed until further notice:

  • Brown's Bay Campground
  • Lock 21 (No diving permitted)
  • Hoople Island
  • Playgrounds and sports fields
  • Picnic shelters 
  • Woodlands Beach
  • Crysler Beach
  • Showers
  • Laundry facilities
  • Fountains
  • Group camping
  • Rental equipment
  • Concession Stands
  • Nature Trails and Boat Launch along the Long Sault Parkway (as areas do not permit for proper social distancing)
  • Barbeque areas

Closed for the 2020 season:

  • Riverside Cedar Campground
  • Glengarry Park
  • Mille Roches Campgrounds
  • Crysler Park Marina Camping Area
  • Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Nairn Island and Morrison Island Campgrounds

In preparation to welcome you back to our campgrounds and day-use areas, we will be implementing the following measures.

Campers will be asked the following questions at check-in upon arrival to ensure the safety of other campers:

  1. In the past 14 days, have you been outside the country? Have you been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? 
  2. Have you been advised by a doctor, healthcare provider, or any public health authority to stay home or otherwise avoid contact with others? 
  3. Have you had a fever, coughing, shortness of breath, or other respiratory symptoms associated with COVID-19?

Safety measures to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors:

  • Campers are asked to bring their own personal protective equipment; gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant cleaning products.
  • Hand sanitizer station will be installed at the registration building and must be used by customers upon entry.
  • Campers are encouraged to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Limited the number of customers in buildings.
  • Enhanced cleaning practices
  • Installed protective barriers at registration terminals

Social Distancing

  • All campers will have to follow social distancing rules as mandated by the Ontario Government. You must stay 2 meters or 6 feet away from other campers and individuals outside members of the same household. SLPC staff will monitor and educate customers on social distancing rules.

Trailer Dump & Water Stations

  • Trailer dump stations and water stations will be available with increased cleaning/disinfecting measures in place.

Limit of Visitors in an Area

  • Visitors will be asked to follow social distancing rules and to limit their interactions to their own campsites.
  • No gathering greater than 10 will be permitted. 

Walking around Campground and Day-Use Areas

  • At all times, visitors and staff must follow social distancing rules as mandated by the Ontario Government. You must stay 2 meters or 6 feet away from other visitors and staff. 

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Visitors are asked to bring their own personal protective equipment; gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant cleaning products.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be installed at the registration building and must be used by everyone upon entry.

Visitors to Campgrounds

  • Day-use visitors will be permitted at open campgrounds. All visitors must report to the registration area to sign in and must leave the campground by 9 pm. It will be the responsibility of the campsite permit holder to ensure that their guests abide by all COVID-19 rules and regular park rules. 

Garbage and Recycling facilities

  • In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and staff contact we ask all visitors to dispose of their refuse at the garbage and recycle receptacles located throughout the sites. All alcohol containers/empties must be taken home with the visitor when they leave the campgrounds to eliminate staff handling.

Boat Launches

  • Boat launches within open campgrounds and beaches will be open to registered camping guests if social distancing is practiced.

Registration & Retail

  • Registration and retail buildings will be open with reduced hours and will be limited to 3 customers at a time. Please note that there will be limited retail items for the 2020 season in these buildings. We encourage you to bring supplies from home. The preferred method of payment is credit/debit tap services.

Change to Programming During 2020 Season 

  • Programs and activities will not be offered this season, including the Learn to Fish Program.
  • The reciprocal program for free admission to Upper Canada Village or Fort Henry is suspended until further notice.

Can I bring my dog?
As per Parks of the St. Lawrence rules, pets are welcome in our campgrounds and must be controlled and on a leash of less than two meters. They are also not allowed in swimming and beach areas or areas adjacent to these locations.

Reservations

  • Advanced camping reservations must be made through our online reservation system at www.stlawrenceparks.com/. You can contact our Customer Service Team via telephone at 1-800-437-2233 or email at getaway@parks.on.ca 
  • No walk-ins will be permitted.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Parks of the St. Lawrence this summer! 


Seasonal Camping (Extended Stay)

At this time, extended stay camping will be permitted starting on Friday, June 12, 2020, at the following:

  • Farran Campground
  • McLaren Campground

Seasonal campsites will be available for:
Trailers and recreational vehicles for two serviced campsites (electricity and water) that can self-contain and must have a means for sewage disposal. Pump out services will not be available. All campers must be from the same household.


Long Sault Parkway

Starting June 12, 2020, the Long Sault Parkway will open to vehicular, drive through, traffic only. Day-use areas will remain closed. No stopping, parking, picnicking, fishing or boat ramp access will be permitted until further notice.

Visitors will still be permitted to walk, jog and cycle the parkway utilizing the shoulder of the road while practicing safe physical distancing (2 metres).


Trails

Trails located at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary are closed due to natural flooding and are currently unpassable. Our teams are working to reinstate the trails so they can be safely opened. The paved recreation trail that runs from Upper Canada Village and east through Ingleside and Long Sault is accessible.


If you have questions, please email us at getaway@parks.on.ca

St. Lawrence Parks Commission

13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, ON, K0C 1X0
Tel: 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328
getaway@parks.on.ca

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