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:

  • A careful and phased approach to reopening of conservation areas. More information can be found HERE.
  • The closure of NPCA’s head office and satellite offices to the public until further notice.
  • The postponement of all in-person conferences, events and programs until further notice.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • A number of NPCA conservation areas that are now open can be found at www.npca.ca/parks. These areas are available for passive use only such as hiking, birdwatching and cycling where appropriate. There is limited parking and there are no washroom facilities available.
  • Picnicking areas, children’s play areas and structures, and beaches remain closed on all sites.
  • 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:

  • A careful and phased approach to reopening of conservation areas. More information can be found HERE.
  • The closure of NPCA’s head office and satellite offices to the public until further notice.
  • The postponement of all in-person conferences, events and programs until further notice.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • A number of NPCA conservation areas that are now open can be found at www.npca.ca/parks. These areas are available for passive use only such as hiking, birdwatching and cycling where appropriate. There is limited parking and there are no washroom facilities available.
  • Picnicking areas, children’s play areas and structures, and beaches remain closed on all sites.
  • 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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    Can you fish at conservation areas that offer fishing?

    Skane asked 10 days 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 13 days 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. 

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    When is Louth open? Many triliums their.

    mark.chrisp asked 15 days ago

    Hi Mark, Louth Conservation Area is now open for passive use! You can find an updated list of properties at www.npca.ca/parks. We hope you will enjoy the conservation area, while practicing safe distance and following guidelines. 

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    When can we expect the boat ramps to be open?

    Debbie asked 15 days ago

    Hi Debbie, we do have boat ramps included in the next few phases but cannot commit to an exact date or timeline at this time. Things change everyday so we encourage you to continue visiting this portal as well as www.npca.ca/parks where you will find all the information you are looking for. Thanks for your patience and cooperation, we are almost there!

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    Are NPCA conservation areas open to the public considering the recent announcement regarding Provincial parks and conservation reserves?

    16 days ago

    A limited number of NPCA conservation areas are open as on May 11, 2020. These areas are passive-use spaces for hiking, birdwatching and cycling where appropriate. 

    These areas have limited parking spaces and there are no washroom facilities available. Picnicking areas, children’s play areas and structures, and beaches remain closed at all sites. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer as no handwashing facilities are provided in these areas.

    Visitors are asked to follow these guidelines when at NPCA conservation areas: 

    • Practice physical distance by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other visitors 
    • Stay on the trails, step off only if needed to allow others to pass safely
    • Do not gather or arrange to meet friends or other groups 
    • Keep pets on leash and clean up after them  
    • Do not litter
    • Take trash with you when leaving the property
    • Respect wildlife and plant-life   
    • All visitors must vacate by 8 p.m. 
    • Do not trespass on private properties adjacent to NPCA conservation areas 


    Larger conservation areas such as Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Chippawa Creek and Long Beach are being considered for reopening in the future.

    For a full list of NPCA conservation areas and trails, and their opening status please visit: www.npca.ca/parks

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    Will any of the Niagara Conversation Areas be opening this week for hiking? Will the parking lot be open? I'm specifically intrested in Balls Fall or St Johns

    Naz asked 16 days ago

    Hi Naz, 

    The NPCA is working diligently with a phased approach to safely reopen some conservation areas as of May 11. You can find our latest media release at: https://npca.ca/our-voice/post/conservation-area-trails-now-open-for-passive-use(External link)

    A detailed list of the properties opening as of May 11 is located at www.npca.ca/parks. These parks have very limited parking space and no facilities such as washrooms will be available. Unfortunately, St. Johns and Ball's Falls are not included in this first phase. This will be updated as we move through the phases. 

    A friendly reminder that the conservation areas on this current list are now open for passive use only such as hiking and birdwatching.

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    Hi I heard provincial parks are opening on May 11 are the conservation parks opening also? Thank you Kim

    Kim asked 16 days ago

    Hi Kim, 

    While this weekend's announcement from the Province referred to conservation reserves and provincial parks and not conservation areas, the NPCA is working diligently with a phased approach to safely reopen some conservation areas as of May 11. 

    You can find our latest media release at: https://npca.ca/our-voice/post/conservation-area-trails-now-open-for-passive-use(External link)

    A detailed list of the properties opening as of May 11 is located at www.npca.ca/parks(External link). This will be updated as we move through the phases. 

    A friendly reminder that these are now open for passive use only such as hiking and birdwatching.

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    Is Mud lake open tomorrow

    Jean asked 16 days ago

    Hello Jean, 

    The NPCA is working diligently with a phased approach to safely reopen some conservation areas as of May 11. 


    A detailed list of the properties opening as of May 11 is located at www.npca.ca/parks. This page will be updated accordingly as other parks open in the near future. Unfortunately Mud Lake is not included in the first phase. This p A friendly reminder that these are now open for passive use only such as hiking and birdwatching.

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    Are niagara parks and conservation areas opening on Monday as the provincial parks reopen? How do I know what is open or closed?

    Andre asked 17 days ago

    Hi Andre, thanks for reaching out! 

    While this weekend's announcement from the Province referred to conservation reserves and provincial parks and not conservation areas, the NPCA is working diligently with a phased approach to safely reopen some conservation areas as of May 11. 


    A detailed list of the properties opening as of May 11 is located at www.npca.ca/parks. This will be updated as we move through the phases. 

    A friendly reminder that these are now open for passive use only such as hiking and birdwatching.

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    Are the conservation areas in Niagara open now as per Premier Fords announcement on Saturday. Thanks Terry

    Terry asked 17 days ago

    Hello Terry, 

    While this weekend's announcement from the Province referred to conservation reserves and provincial parks and not conservation areas, the NPCA is working diligently with a phased approach to safely reopen some conservation areas as of May 11. 


    A detailed list of the properties opening as of May 11 is located at www.npca.ca/parks. A friendly reminder that these are now open for passive use only such as hiking and birdwatching.

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    With provincial parks reopening on Monday, May 11th, can we expect the NPCA to be reopening conservation areas in the near future?

    SonjaS asked 17 days ago

    Hello Sonja, thank you for your question. 

    While this weekend's announcement from the Province referred to conservation reserves and provincial parks and not conservation areas, we are working diligently with a phased approach to safely reopen some conservation areas as of May 11. 


    A detailed list of the properties opening as of May 11 is located at www.npca.ca/parks. A friendly reminder that these are now open for passive use only such as hiking and birdwatching.

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    Are all of the parks in the Niagara Region going to remain closed all Summer long

    Roseanne asked 25 days ago

    Thanks for your question, Roseanne. NPCA cannot speak to operations of Niagara Region parks, municipal parks and trails, Niagara Parks Commission properties, the Bruce Trail Conservancy, provincial and national parks, and heritage sites. 

    At this time, all NPCA conservation areas and trails remain closed to all public activities, and we currently have not set an opening date for any of our conservation areas. NPCA staff continue to monitor the ongoing situation as it relates to COVID-19 restrictions and closures, and will follow the advice provided by Niagara Region public health and area municipal governments, as well as Conservation Ontario and the provincial government, particularly the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

    Please continue to visit this webpage for updates as they become available.

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    I understand provincial and national parks are closed until at least after Victoria Day long weekend. What about our conservation areas? I love to bird at Binbrook Conservation Area and we are approaching spring migration. Will certain conservation areas open before others?

    Lloyd Paul asked 28 days ago

    Hello and thank you for your question! At this time, all of NPCA properties remain closed to all public uses. An opening date for Conservation Areas has not been set as of this writing (April 30, 2020). NPCA staff continue to monitor the ongoing public health situation and will operate and re-open in consultation with Niagara Region and Hamilton public health authorities, and under the guidance set forth by the provincial government. 

    We are actively working in isolation to prepare Conservation Areas for when they become open to the public this season.

    On April 25, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced that all Ontario Parks would remain closed through May 31. See https://news.ontario.ca/ene/en/2020/04/ontario-parks-to-remain-closed-until-may-31-2020.html

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    How can private campgrounds be allowed to let seasonals in but we are unable?

    lyle singer asked about 1 month ago

    Hello Lyle, thank you for your question. 

    As of April 17, the provincial government has indicated that seasonal campgrounds are permitted to operate as essential workplaces and services during the current provincial state of emergency, under the following conditions: 

    1. campsites are provided only to individuals who do not have another residence in Canada and are in need of housing during the emergency period;
    2. only campsites with electricity, water service and facilities for sewage disposal are provided for use;
    3. campsites are made available only for trailers and recreational vehicles; and
    4. all recreational facilities in the campground, and all other shared facilities in the campground such as bathrooms, are closed.

    See https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces

    NPCA campgrounds were established to provide outdoor recreational opportunities to the public. They are not intended as a permanent residence for those that camp at Chippawa Creek or Long Beach seasonally.

    Due to the seasonal nature of our facilities, we are not able to provide the services that are required to be deemed essential at this time. Information for seasonal campers will be released as decisions are made by the NPCA regarding the operating season and opening dates. Please contact your campground directly if you have questions regarding your campsite.

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    Is the Parkland and trail along the Niagara River in Niagara on the Lake under your jurisdiction? Is it open or closed?

    Nancy Macri asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your question. It is not our jurisdiction, please contact Niagara Parks Commission. Apologies we couldn't be of more help. 

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    Can we shore fish the Niagara River? We usually use the boat ramp on the upper Parkway.

    Liz asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your question! We actually do not manage the Niagara River. Please contact the Niagara Parks Commission. 

    Apologies we couldn't be of more assistance.