Where Can I Go To Walk or Hike Because of COVID 19 ?
This is the question I expected to be asked weeks ago. So, I’ve been looking into how to answer it. OK so, almost all Conservation Authorities in South Central Ontario have closed their gates. Almost all. At the time of this writing, the Otonabee CA, Crowe Valley CA, Quinte CA, Lower Trent CA, and parts of the Rideau Valley CA have not. The following is a list of their sites with links to my reviews of them.
UPDATE – April 17 2021 -This was originally published during the 2nd wave. We are now in the 3rd, so the paragraph above may not be correct. However, the links below should still function for this latest wave.
The Lower Trent Conservation Authority’s Home Page (where you can check for updates before making a long drive) http://www.ltc.on.ca/cms_lib/Media%20Release%20Covid%2019%20March%2024,%202020_Final.pdf
Proctor Park – CLOSED DUE TO NON COMPLIANT GATHERINGS IN THE PARK – This is a clear warning folks ! This stuff is being taken very seriously. Follow safe procedures or they’ll close the whole damned lot of them on us.
The Lower Trent Trail – (not a CA, but a trail that is open under this Authority all the same) – https://2oldguyswalking.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/the-lower-trent-trail/
Otonabee Conservation Authority Home Page – (where you can check for updates before making a long drive) https://www.otonabeeconservation.com/covid-19-response/
Quinte Conservation Authority Home Page – (where you can check for updates before making a long drive) http://quinteconservation.ca/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1477&Itemid=9
H.R. Frink CA – IS CLOSED (NO EXPLANATION)
Crowe Valley Conservation Authority Home Page – (where you can check for updates before making a long drive) https://www.crowevalley.com/announcements/
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Home Page – (where you can check for updates before making a long drive) https://www.rvca.ca/about-us//rvca-covid-19-response
These are just sites I’ve reviewed. There are others under these Authorities that I have not had the opportunity to review, or have not been interested in reviewing. That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be fine for a bit of a “get out and about” for you. I would advise you check the “Home Page” links above to find more places to get you outside. Also, I would advise you visit the Home Pages regularly, for any updates.
ADDENDUM April 23rd – Even though I have no reviews in the Cataraqui CA, if you live near Kingston, here’s some good news for you (about 3 page scrolls down) :
ADDENDUM April 18th – I just found another resource that I wouldn’t have thought of. Though we’re not anglers nor hunters, that doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from their organization. This link will take you to the “Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters” webpage that includes data on what’s open, closed, or under restrictions. The OFAH has considerably more resources than I could ever provide you. As well, they can keep their site much more up to date than I could. Just click on the title : “COVID – 19 — restrictions and closures that could impact fishing and hunting”
Should you hear of any changes to the Conservation areas’ policies, (or if you see any of my own that I’ve missed) please alert me and I’ll update this list. In the meantime, PLEASE don’t crowd parking lots. Leave a car’s width of space between your car and the next so you’ll be complying with the Provincial Regs. If the parking lot is full (or even if it isn’t) park out on the street if you can. Crowded parking lots were the primary reason for most of the Conservation Authorities closing their gates.
Also keep in mind, the rail trails which are mostly accessible from roadsides are all wide open for use (The TransCanada, The Trail of 2 Lakes, The Lower Trent Trail, The Victoria Rail Trail, The Lang/Hastings Trail, and The Hastings Heritage Trail). Speaking of wide, they are that too, so passing others within 2 meters or more is quite easy to do. As well, there are alot of private, local (to the Port Hope/Cobourg area) trails and No Exit trails which of course, are open. Click on this link to see a map with their reviews listed by number https://2oldguyswalking.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/map-locations-of-all-trails-on-this-site/
This is a link to the main Conservation areas map. You can click on the coloured areas where you are, to open the Home page for that authority. It’ll tell you what’s available or not for Conservation Authority areas we haven’t covered yet. https://conservationontario.ca/conservation-authorities/find-a-conservation-authority/
Let’s all do our best to keep ourselves safe, yet, out there.
Thanks all. Take care.