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.

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.
  • Only washroom facilities at Ball's Falls Conservation Area remain open. Binbrook, Chippawa Creek and Long Beach are now closed for the season.
  • 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 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.

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.
  • Only washroom facilities at Ball's Falls Conservation Area remain open. Binbrook, Chippawa Creek and Long Beach are now closed for the season.
  • 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 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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    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 21 days 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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
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    Do I have to book time to visit park for hike with Iroquoia bruce trail club? If yes where I can do that? Thank you.

    Alina Luszcz asked 3 months ago

    Hello Alina, hope you are well and thank you for reaching out to us!

    Park visitors are not required to make reservations before visiting a conservation area. However, we encourage you to check out our social media for updates on possible closures due to maximum capacity before heading out: https://www.facebook.com/NPCAOntario. We also have specific pages for each of our flagship properties:


    Since you have not specified which park you would like to visit, we hope this information helps answer your question. Feel free to reach out to us again if it did not not! Thank you. 

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    Hunters shooting into and above my property on Welland river

    asked 4 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your inquiry. As we are not sure exactly where your property is located, we are hoping this information will help. 

    The NPCA allows hunting at various Conservation Areas including Binbrook, Mud Lake, Chippawa Creek, and Wainfleet Blog. You can find our 2020 Hunting Brochure here: https://npca.ca/images/uploads/common/HUNTING_BROCHURE_2020_-web.pdf. All hunters must have an NPCA permit on them in order to hunt at these properties and they must follow rules and regulations. 

    If you believe illegal hunting is occurring near you, please contact your municipality as they may be outside of the Discharge of Firearms By-law. For other hunting inquiries, you may contact OMNRF at

    1-800-667-1940.

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    Hello, do you have any seasonal waterfront available for 2021 camping season? Do you have any pics of the waterfront sites? Thanks.

    Jhoyce asked 4 months ago

    Hi Johyce, thank you for reaching out to us! Booking of seasonal camping for 2021 does not start until April, however, it is always best to be prepared to avoid disappointment if it does book up. This is why we encourage you get in touch with the park directly and they will advise you on availability.

    For Chippawa Creek, please email chippawa@npca.ca or call 905-386-6387.

    For Long Beach, please email lbeach@npca.ca or call 905-899-3462. 

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    I would like to obtain a permit to build a new shed on a lot backed by a revine

    Lou lavergne asked 4 months ago

    Hello Lou, please visit https://npca.ca/administration/permits for information on obtaining a permit for your property. Once you've reviewed the information, you can send an application (document is found on the right hand column). Let us know if you need further assistance. Thank you! 

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    Do you have a copy of the map for me?

    JCardin asked 4 months ago

    Hello there! If you require a specific map of your area, please reach out to the appropriate NPCA planner. 

    Fort Erie, West Lincoln, Wainfleet, Haldimand, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, and Welland- Jessica at jabrahamse@npca.ca or 905-788-3135 ext. 235

    For Pelham, Niagara on the Lake, Hamilton, Lincoln, Grimsby, St. Catharines, and Thorold- Sarah at smastroianni@npca.ca or 905-788-3135 ext. 249.