Welcome to the Summer Hub!
Info to help County residents navigate the busy summer season
Summer tourism is important to The County, but being such a popular destination comes with challenges. In 2021, The County is implementing a Tourism Management Plan to better manage the flow of visitors to our area.
The Summer Hub page will help residents navigate the busy summer season and the changes to boat launches, parking, beaches, enforcement and more.
Who to Call
Have a concern? Don’t know who to call?
Click for a list of contacts who can help with common summer concerns:
Alerts & Closure Notices
Check the status of the beaches and ferry before heading out. Closures and alerts are posted to Twitter (you don’t have to have a Twitter account to view!) or you can listen for the regular Beach Reports throughout the day on 99.3 County FM.
Little Bluff is open for the season. $15 per car entry fee and capacity limits are in place.
Residents' Guide to Summer
The County is introducing a number of changes and improvements to the way that our summer amenities operate, as well as increasing enforcement of parking and by-law violations. Much of this information was communicated in the Public Info Session, which you can watch on The County’s YouTube channel.
Click the links below to learn what’s new for summer 2021 and how you can “have your say”:
Video Guides to Beaches, Boat Launches and more!
View the video resources for more info on changes at Wellington Rotary Beach, the Provincial Parks, Boat Launches and more!
Wellington Rotary Beach - NEW Day Pass
Learn about the admission fee on weekends and holidays, and how to get in FREE using your Wellington Rotary Beach Pass for residents.
Municipal Boat Launch - New Pay-to-Park System
Learn about the new parking system at municipal boat launches, and how to obtain your seasonal parking permit.
Provincial Parks Day-Use Booking System
Learn about advance booking for day-use at Sandbanks and North Beach. Click below for info or calll 1-888-668-7275
Boat Launches, Parks and More
The Tourism Management Plan includes a number of changes to County amenities and the way that we encourage compliance with by-laws. See below for a summary of the new initiatives and rules that were approved as part of the Plan.
Changes include replacing launch fees with parking fees, closing the Belleville Street boat launch, restricting hours at Wellington Beach boat launch and adding paddle docks at two locations.
ENFORCEMENT & BY-LAWS
Initiatives include a “Plan Your Visit” campaign to reach visitors before they leave home with important practical information, a new County Ambassador Training program, increased French-language resources, improved signage and maps.
Changes include creating ten seasonal no-parking zones at areas where roadside parking creates safety and trespassing concerns during the summer months. Additional staffing will support enforcement of parking-related issues.
WELLINGTON ROTARY BEACH
Changes at Wellington Rotary Beach will help manage crowds, improve amenities and keep the beach clean and safe. Residents can access the beach for free at all times with a seasonal day pass, while visitors pay an entry fee on weekends and holidays.
By The Numbers
Planning and preparation for the coming tourism operating season has been a priority for many County departments. As we put these plans into practice, we’ll report on key stats to help you measure the efforts.
Staff hours/week budgeted for maintenance of 300 garbage bins across The County. This represents a 42% increase in staff hours and 15% increase in bins over 2020.
By-law staff hours/week that will be added in July & August. This is a 105% increase in The County’s compliance and enforcement efforts during the peak season.
Number of municipal public washroom locations in summer 2021 with coverage from Carrying Place to Cressy!
Number of Visitor Information Locations throughout The County. Increased from 3 in 2020, offering more touch points for visitors to find info and navigate The County.
The length of the daily washroom maintenance route. Each day our hard-working crews drive the equivalent of Picton to North Bay to service our public washroom facilities.
Estimated new revenues to be generated through user fees and fines related to the Tourism Management Plan in 2021 (i.e. parking fines, beach entry fees)
Funding for the Tourism Management Plan from the Municipal Accommodation Tax, which is charged to visitors when they book accommodations.
Estimated cost to implement the Tourism Management Plan. Funding will come from user fees, fines and the Municipal Accommodations Tax.
Have Your Say
We want to hear from you! How are you feeling about the summer? What’s working or not? The resident survey for June is open until July 10.
Is there information that is missing? Do you have ideas for improving The Summer Hub?