EASTERN ONTARIO — Cooped-up boaters are finally set to launch, and among the marinas back in business tomorrow, May 16, is Gray’s Creek Marina.
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) confirmed yesterday its facility is set to reopen following Premier Doug Ford’s confirmation that marinas, boat clubs and boat launches and golf clubs may open for recreational use, starting Saturday, May 16.
Ford’s announcement yesterday was widely expected, with Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis all but predicting it in recent days and the premier himself dropping broad hints during his Tuesday daily media conference.
“We know our boaters are eager to get back on the water and are thrilled they are able to do so just in time for the Victoria Day long weekend. We have procedures in place to ensure the safety of our customers and staff,” says Richard Pilon, RRCA General Manager.
The Gray’s Creek Marina, located strategically at the mouth of Gray’s Creek, provides boaters immediate access to the St. Lawrence River. Seasonal, monthly, weekly and daily boat slips are available along with daily and seasonal launching passes. The 2020 Marina opening, initially planned for April 27, was delayed as part of the COVID-19 provincial emergency order.
The province also announced yesterday that campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract. Starting next Tuesday, the RRCA says, seasonal campers will be allowed to setup their trailers at Charlottenburgh Park, although camping won’t be permitted until further notice.
The RRCA’s network of nature trails at their three Conservation Areas (Gray’s Creek, Cooper Marsh, and Charlottenburgh Park) are open, though all amenities remain closed.
“We are proud to offer many local opportunities for the public to access and get up-close with nature. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during this time and we remind all of our customers and visitors to follow the safety measures in place to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” adds Pilon.