Transient camping opens June 26 at SLPC sites; some day-use areas along Long Sault Parkway

The Long Sault Parkway. Image is ©Google

LONG SAULT — Woodlands and Farran campgrounds will welcome regular, transient campers starting June 26th — among a number of cautious re-openings of St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) properties in South Stormont and elsewhere.

However, McLaren campground, having already opened to extended-stay campers on the 12th, will only accommodate “limited” transient camping on the 26th. “This is due to COVID-19 related delays with new washroom construction and displacement of extended stay campers,” the SLPC explains.

While the Long Sault Parkway opened a week ago to traffic — with no stopping — “some” day-use areas along the scenic route are now finally set to reopen on June 26. Milles Roche Beach — along with Brown’s Bay Bay Beach in Grenville County — will welcome beachgoers for the first time this season as well — but with reduced days and hours of operation and a smaller number of picnic tables. Both beaches will be open Wednesday through Sunday, and closed Monday and Tuesday.

Ivy Lea Campground in Gananoque is set to open to extended-stay campers and transient campers on the 26th as well.

The SLPC has put policies in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 at the reopened facilities and campgrounds, starting with a series of questions asked of campers about their health upon arrival.

Campers and users of day-use areas must observe social distancing at all times, according to the SLPC, and no gathering larger than 10 people will be allowed. Campers are also asked to bring their own personal protective equipment, such as gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant cleaning products. Visitors are asked to bring their own personal protective equipment; gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant cleaning products.

Day-use visitors will be permitted to sign in at open campgrounds, but are required to leave the campground by 9 pm.

Boat launches within open campgrounds and beaches will be open to registered camping guests “if social distancing is practiced,” says the SLPC.  Registration and retail buildings will be open with reduced hours and limited to three customers at a time. Only a limited number of retail items will be available for the 2020 season, with campers encouraged to bring supplies from home. The preferred method of payment is credit/debit tap services.

Programs and activities will not be offered this season, including the Learn to Fish Program, says the SLPC, and the reciprocal program for free admission to Upper Canada Village or Fort Henry is suspended until further notice.

A slew of SLPC facilities remain closed, including:

  • Riverside Cedar Campground
  • Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary/Nairn/Morrison Island Campground
  • Roofed accommodations
  • Playgrounds and sports fields
  • Picnic shelters
  • Glengarry Park
  • Mille Roches Campgrounds
  • Woodlands Beach
  • Crysler Beach
  • Crysler Park Marina Camping Area
  • Showers
  • Laundry facilities
  • Fountains
  • Group camping
  • Rental equipment
  • Concession Stands
  • Nature Trails and Boat Launch along the Long Sault Parkway (as areas do not permit for proper social distancing)
  • Barbeque areas

Dogs are still welcome in SLPC campgrounds but must be controlled and on a leash of less than two meters. Canines are also prohibited from swimming and beach areas as well as areas adjacent to these locations, says the SLPC.

The SLPC advises that advance camping reservations must be made through the organization’s online reservation system at www.stlawrenceparks.com. Or contact customer service via telephone at 1-800-437-2233 or email at getaway@parks.on.ca.

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