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, closures, and processes for re-opening. If you'd like to receive notice when this page is updated, click 'Sign Up' on the right.

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:

  • Closure of NPCA Main Office and park buildings until further notice.
  • The postponement of all in-person conferences and events until further notice.
  • Scheduling of monthly virtual Full-Authority Board of Directors meetings since April 2020.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • All NPCA conservation areas remain open for passive use such as hiking and bird watching.
  • 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.
  • No washroom facilities are open at any conservation areas at this time, except for Centre for Conservation at Ball's Falls Conservation Area.
  • 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 up until July 2020. Followed by COVID-19 major announcements only up until April 2021.

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, closures, and processes for re-opening. If you'd like to receive notice when this page is updated, click 'Sign Up' on the right.

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:

  • Closure of NPCA Main Office and park buildings until further notice.
  • The postponement of all in-person conferences and events until further notice.
  • Scheduling of monthly virtual Full-Authority Board of Directors meetings since April 2020.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • All NPCA conservation areas remain open for passive use such as hiking and bird watching.
  • 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.
  • No washroom facilities are open at any conservation areas at this time, except for Centre for Conservation at Ball's Falls Conservation Area.
  • 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 up until July 2020. Followed by COVID-19 major announcements only up until April 2021.

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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    I was just wondering if the conservation areas are still open for hiking in the Niagara Region given the April 16th announcement from Doug Ford. Cheers Jim

    Jimmyboy60 asked 3 days ago

    Hello Jim, thank you for reaching out via this portal. Yes, our conservation areas remain open for passive recreation such as hiking, birdwatching, walking pets on leash, etc.

    All visitors must follow Conservation Area Rules and Regulations (npca.ca/parks) and should only visit a park with members of their immediate household. 

    Stay safe!

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    Do we have to pre-book our visit? Are there any controls on the number of visitors in the parks?

    Emilene asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Emilene, thanks for reaching out! Pre-booking is not required for any of our Conservation Areas. In the case that we have reached capacity, this will be posted via our social media channels.

    You can find us on Facebook by searching any of our flagship properties including Ball's Falls, Chippawa Creek, Long Beach, and Binbrook conservation areas. However, we only reach capacity in the summer time or during special events, so you should have no issues visiting the property at this time!

    We hope this information is helpful, please feel free to reach out should you need any more information. 

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    How to volunteer

    Sammy asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Sammy, thanks for reaching out and for your interest in volunteering with us. Please visit this link https://npca.ca/conservation/volunteer and click the button to register to volunteer. Thanks again!

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    Hi - just wondering where the waterfall from the photo on the npca.ca website is located?

    Mike asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Mike, thanks for your interest! The main photo was taken at Ball's Falls Conservation Area. It is the "upper falls". 

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    Has anyone reported beaver activity at Chippewa Conservation park at reg Rd #45. Walk there regularly and I have noticed what appears to be result of beavers.??

    Judy asked 3 months ago
    Hi Judy, thanks for reaching out to us! Yes, we have responded to some inquiries regarding beaver activity at the park.

    We have brought this up to Chippawa Creek CA's Superintendent as well as the NPCA Ecologist. She will be visiting the park in the next future to take a look and see what can be done to help the situation.
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    Hi, I am wondering if there is still availability on seasonal sites for the 2021 camping season. If so, how much does it cost for the season? Are there requirements for trailers? Like trailer age, etc.. Wondering if that matters or not. Thanks, Natalie

    natmartinsss@hotmail.com asked 3 months ago

    Hi Natalie, thanks for reaching out! For availability specific to seasonal camping sites, please contact the parks directly. Long Beach can be reached at lbeach@npca.ca or 905-899-3462 and Chippawa Creek can be reached at chippawa@npca.ca or 905-386-6387.

    The on-site teams can also provide you with the appropriate information related to requirements for trailers. 

    Thank you!

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    what is the timeframe for pre-booking an campsite

    Gary asked 5 months ago

    Hi Gary, thanks for reaching out! Our Chippawa Creek and Long Beach Conservation Areas are now closed for the season. The process for seasonal and transient camping for 2021 will once again begin around the beginning of March. 

    We encourage you to stay tuned until then! Our social media websites always provide the latest information, feel free to follow us at: 

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    What is your position on the proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act? Niagara Halton is opposed.

    Anne asked 5 months ago

    Hello Anne, thank you for reaching out with this incredibly important question. 

    You can find our position of the proposed Bill 229 changes here: 

    We are grateful for our partners' and communities' support as these are incredibly important to ensuring our voices are heard by the Province of Ontario. 

    Reach out if you have any additional questions. 

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    I am the owner of 11309 Niagara river PKY My name is Dongmei JIA. I plan to sell the house, the buyer wants to know the dock information in front of the house. Who owns the dock? Can the public share the dock, how much the fee?

    Dongmei Jia asked 6 months ago

    Good afternoon Tammy, thanks for your inquiry. 

    We have reviewed our mapping and records and unfortunately do not have the information you are looking for. For information on the ownership of the dock in front of your house, please reach out to the City of Niagara Falls. 

    Apologies we couldn't be of more help. Thank you!

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    Can I get an extension on a building Permit that is set to expire in December 2020

    Bjay asked 6 months ago

    Hello! Our apologies for the delayed response as we were gathering some information for you.

    As you have not specified where your property is located, below you will find the names and emails for our planners, as well as which municipalities they service. Kindly reach out directly to the appropriate planner and they will be able to assist you further with this inquiry. 

    Taran Lennard; tlennard@npca.ca

    • Grimsby
    • Lincoln
    • St. Catharines

    Nikolas Wensing; nwensing@npca.ca

    • West Lincoln
    • Wainfleet 
    • Haldimand
    • Hamilton

    Nicholas Godfrey; ngodfrey@npca.ca

    • Niagara-on-the-Lake
    • Thorold
    • Pelham

    Jessica Abrahamse; jabrahamse@npca.ca

    • Welland
    • Niagara Falls
    • Fort Erie
    • Port Colborne