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Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority > Enjoy the Outdoors

​​​​​​Conservation Areas will reopen by May 29.

Conservation Areas Reopening by May 29

Our team is working to prepare for a phased reopening of our conservation areas by Friday, May 29, 2020

Open Now

Thanks to the support of our municipal partners, the following properties are open to visitors:

  • Rogers Reservoir
  • Mabel Davis 
  • Queen Street 
  • Wesley Brooks 
  • Bailey Ecological Park 
  • Durham Regional Forest - Timbers Tract 

Opening by May 29

  • Whitchurch 
  • Pangman Springs 
  • Tyrwhitt 
  • Holland Landing 
  • Durham Regional Forest (Brookdale, Norton, Roseville and the Main Tract)
  • Beaver River Wetland
  • Thornton Bales
  • Scanlon Creek
  • Sheppard’s Bush

While gates and parking lots will open, amenities such as picnic pavilions and tables, washrooms, natural play structures and the off-leash dog park at Scanlon Creek will remain closed until further notice.

How are we preparing for reopening?

Once our small team of staff can safely get out to survey our trails and conservation areas, we’ll be able to perform any necessary maintenance activities in preparation for reopening. 

Preparations include:

  • Assessing over 120 kilometres of trails for hazards and safety concerns
  • Removing closure barriers and signage with the assistance of our municipal partners
  • Performing enhanced maintenance, monitoring, and cleaning operations with the assistance of our municipal partners
  • Coordinating our changing parks status with municipal partner authorities such as police and by-law

​Safety Rules and Guidelines

The following rules and guidelines have been implemented for your safety​. Please do your​ part so we can do ours:

  • ​Given the lack of facilities, plan a visit that is short in duration – remember, washrooms, privies, port-a-potties remain closed.
  • Park in dedicated areas only - please only park if you can find an appropriate spot that does not block access points, gates or other vehicles. If no parking spots are available, please go to another greenspace. 
  • While on the trails, maintain physical distancing of 2m/6ft from others. 
  • Stay on trail unless you need to briefly step off to ensure physic​​al distancing.
  • Take home all litter, including pet waste. 
  • Dogs-on-leash is always the rule at all our Conservation Areas.
  • Make a tick check​ part of your routine and don’t forget to check your pets too.​

Questions or comments? Please contact our Lauren Grzywniak, Lands Management Technician, at L.Grzywniak@LSRCA.on.ca​.​