All Ontario Provincial Parks To Remain Closed Until End Of May

Saturday April 25th, 2020

Posted at 11:15am

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The Ontario Government has extended the closure of all provincial parks and conservation reserves until the end of May.

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, announced the decision to extend the closure on Saturday morning which applies to all of Ontario’s provincial parks and conservation reserves until May 31st, 2020.

The government says the closures prohibit car camping, backcountry camping, roofed accommodations, day use opportunities, access points, access to all public buildings, and all recreational activities at provincial parks and conservation reserves.

Windsor’s nearest provincial parks include Wheatley, Rondeau and the Pinery, among others.

Reservations for arrivals up to, and including, any further closure extension date will be automatically cancelled and reservation holders will receive a full refund with no penalty, the government said. They’ll also be providing penalty-free refunds to reservation holders who wish to change or cancel their 2020 camping reservation, regardless of arrival date, the government said.

“We understand this extension may impact many Ontarians’ plans during the month of May, however, the health and well-being of Ontarians is our government’s number one priority,” said Elliott.  “Although we are making progress to stop the spread, the virus has not yet been contained. As a result, all but essential service workers must continue to stay at home and practice physical distancing.”

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