15 May

NOTICE: County to monitor parking during long weekend

The municipality will closely monitor and enforce parking restrictions on County roads surrounding provincial parks, which will open for limited day-use activities on Friday, May 15.

Walking, hiking, and biking are among the day-use activities permitted at Sandbanks and the Lake on the Mountain provincial parks. North Beach Provincial Park remains closed until June 12, its annual reopening date. Beach access, camping, and large gatherings are prohibited. All buildings and facilities will remain closed.

Walking in the natural environment can benefit physical and mental health. To support this, a limited parking area at Sandbank’s Provincial Park’s main entrance kiosks and also at the park’s main administrative office is now available for public use. With the limited vehicle access to the park, there is a safe opportunity to explore the park’s roads, trails and campgrounds by bicycle.

Signs are posted along County roads near Sandbanks Provincial Park and Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park where parking is not permitted. The parking restrictions are in place to ensure the safe and orderly flow of traffic near these park locations. 

Ontario Parks is encouraging Ontarians to stay local and explore the outdoors in areas closest to home to reduce travel to other areas of the province. COVID-19 health measures are strongly encouraged, including physical distancing of at least two metres and frequent hand washing or sanitizing. It’s important that you come to the park prepared with hand sanitizer, extra water, and other supplies as washrooms remain closed.

Wellington Beach, public washrooms closed; private campgrounds allowed to open

To discourage large gatherings at Wellington Beach, the closure of parking lot at the beach will be actively enforced during the Victoria Day long weekend beginning on Friday afternoon. Barricades are in place on Beach Street to prevent vehicles from coming into the parking area. Bulk water haulers will be allowed through to access the bulk water station.

The boat launch at Beach Street is blocked. Boaters looking to get on the water in Wellington can use the other boat launch at 151 Wellington Main Street.

Public washrooms across the municipality remain closed at this time.

The Government of Ontario recently announced that private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract. Short term use of campgrounds is not allowed.

Up to date information on the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on the County website: www.thecounty.ca/county-residents/covid-19.