NPCA & COVID-19

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The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Ontario and taking steps to help prevent the spread of infection.

On this page, you will find the most up-to date information on impacts to NPCA programs and services, including cancellations and closures. If you'd like to receive notice when this page is updated, click 'subscribe'.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions relating to NPCA services, events, programs, and more.

The NPCA has the following measures in place to proactively protect staff and members of the public from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19:

  • The closure of NPCA’s head office and satellite offices to the public until further notice.
  • The postponement of all in-person conferences and events until further notice.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • All NPCA conservation areas are now open for both passive and active recreational use.
  • Transient camping is now permitted with online reservations available as of June 29. First camping day will be July 6.
  • A list of NPCA properties and corresponding facilities and amenities can be found at www.npca.ca/parks, where details pertaining to available amenities, services and activities are also posted.
  • Children’s play areas and structures, as well as some washroom facilities remain closed.
  • NPCA's Enforcement, Planning & Regulations staff will continue to operate remotely, and will be available by telephone and email to assist you as necessary.

Public Health- COVID-19 Websites:

Available Tools Below:
Q&A: If you have questions that we haven't answered in the list of FAQs, please send us your question using the Q&A tool below and we'll do our best to address them in a timely manner.

COVID-19 Timeline: A detailed, chronology of NPCA actions and important dates.

Survey: Fill out this quick 1-minute survey and tell us if this portal helped you find what you were looking for.

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Ontario and taking steps to help prevent the spread of infection.

On this page, you will find the most up-to date information on impacts to NPCA programs and services, including cancellations and closures. If you'd like to receive notice when this page is updated, click 'subscribe'.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions relating to NPCA services, events, programs, and more.

The NPCA has the following measures in place to proactively protect staff and members of the public from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19:

  • The closure of NPCA’s head office and satellite offices to the public until further notice.
  • The postponement of all in-person conferences and events until further notice.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • All NPCA conservation areas are now open for both passive and active recreational use.
  • Transient camping is now permitted with online reservations available as of June 29. First camping day will be July 6.
  • A list of NPCA properties and corresponding facilities and amenities can be found at www.npca.ca/parks, where details pertaining to available amenities, services and activities are also posted.
  • Children’s play areas and structures, as well as some washroom facilities remain closed.
  • NPCA's Enforcement, Planning & Regulations staff will continue to operate remotely, and will be available by telephone and email to assist you as necessary.

Public Health- COVID-19 Websites:

Available Tools Below:
Q&A: If you have questions that we haven't answered in the list of FAQs, please send us your question using the Q&A tool below and we'll do our best to address them in a timely manner.

COVID-19 Timeline: A detailed, chronology of NPCA actions and important dates.

Survey: Fill out this quick 1-minute survey and tell us if this portal helped you find what you were looking for.

We're here to answer any questions you may have. If you have questions that we haven't answered in the list of FAQs, please send us your question and we'll do our best to address them in a timely manner.

Please note that the FAQs covers topics such as Conservation Area use, Camping, Educational Programming, Thanksgiving Festival, Weddings, Planning and Regulations, Enforcement and Compliance, Flooding, and more. 

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    Hi is Binbrook beach open for swimming ? When was your last water testing?

    Anna Asked 17 days ago

    Hello Anna, thanks for your inquiry! Yes, Binbrook is open for swimming. It was last tested on July 13, 2020. 

    You can find out more about beach conditions at https://npca.ca/parks/binbrook and https://npca.ca/parks/beach-conditions .  

    Thanks, hope you'll join us soon. 

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    Do you have any power at any of these sites?

    Harry Asked 17 days ago

    Hi Harry, both of our campgrounds have serviced and unserviced sites. You can find out more about our amenities and what is available by visiting the reservation page. 

    Here are a few links: 

    https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/chippawa-creek/NPCA/200017/overview 

    https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/long-beach/NPCA/200025/overview 

    Hope you'll join us soon!

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    Could you please tell me if there is a picnic table at the campsites? We have one booked for this weekend on Lakeside. Wanting to make sure I pack everything we need.

    Krystle Asked 22 days ago

    Hi Krystle, thanks for your inquiry. There is a picnic table at each campsite. Please let us know if you have any more questions! Thank you and hope you have a great time. 

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    Good day! Please guide me as to where I (and another people interested in volunteering) of where we can find the volunteer options presently going on or coming up soon due to the positive changes since COVID19. Warmest thanks and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future! Stay safe!

    Lori Monroe Asked 27 days ago

    Hi Lori, what a great question! We are thrilled to hear you are interested in volunteering with us. We do have various volunteering opportunities listed on our website and these can be found at https://npca.ca/conservation/volunteer. However, with COVID-19, what you are interested in may not be available. Once you've had a chance to visit the link, please reach out to our Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Kerry Royer, and she will certainly point you in the right direction. Her email is kroyer@npca.ca.  

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    What is you cancellation policy for camping?

    jen martin Asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Jen, we ask for 24 hour notice and there is a cancellation fee of $10, and the booking fee of $12 is nonrefundable. So $22 total. 

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    What about seasonal camping is it allowed and if so what's the cost considering the season is shorter

    Marg Asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Marg, thanks for your question. We have just updated the Camping FAQs found on the right side of the COVID home page. Please refer to those as there is a lot of useful information about seasonal camping. 

    Self-sufficient seasonal camping has been available since June 5. You can email our Manager of Conservation Areas (Alicia Powell, apowell@npca.ca) directly to inquire about any remaining seasonal spots that may be available as well as the appropriate cost.

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    Is the lake at binbrook conservation area open for paddle board use?

    Erin Lambert Asked 2 months ago

    Hi Erin, thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately we are not permitting paddle board use at this time. Binbrook is only open for passive recreation which includes activities like hiking and birdwatching. Guests should not linger for too long to allow other visitors to enjoy the area in a given day. We will update this page as well as our social media as we go. 

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    Is Binbrook Conservation Area open? Has the water been tested? Are you allowed to swim there? Note: I do not plan to hang around on the beach - I just want to do some swim training. Trying to find somewhere!

    Jennifer S. Asked 2 months ago

    Hi Jennifer, thanks for reaching out with this question. Binbrook Conservation Area is open but only for passive activities such as hiking the trails or birdwatching. Unfortunately, swimming is not yet included in this list of permitted activities. More information can be found at www.npca.ca/parks

    Our water is tested regularly and this information will be available for public consumption if/once we are open for swimming. There will be regular updates posted on our website www.npca.ca/parks/binbrook, as well as the Binbrook Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BinbrookCA .

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    Can you fish at conservation areas that offer fishing?

    Skane Asked 3 months ago

    Hello Skane, at this time we are only open for passive activities which include hiking, birdwatching, nature photography and similar activities. When fishing is permitted, we will make announcements via our social media pages and our website, and we will also update our FAQs on this webpage. Thanks for your patience. 

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    Are boat launches open as well? Can I take my kayak out onto the lake?

    Allan Asked 3 months ago

    Hi Allan, boat launched are not open just yet. Please continue to visit this page as well as www.npca.ca/parks where all the updated information will be posted. Once boat launches are open, we will also announce this on social media. Kayaking is not considered a permitted passive use currently. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.