SNC working to open seasonal conservation areas and river access points

FINCH — During the winter, Several SNC Conservation Area trails remained open and maintained for winter recreation and welcomed over 40,000 visitors from November 2020 until March 2021. Work is now underway to open the remainder of SNC’s seasonal sites this spring. Municipal agreements identify that SNC’s seasonal Conservation Areas reopen for the May 24th Long Weekend; however, given the increase in park usage and early onset of spring, SNC will, instead, be working towards opening the following sites for May 1st:

• High Falls and Doran Park Conservation Areas (Casselman)
• St. Albert Conservation Area (St. Albert)
• Crysler Park Boat Launch (Crysler)
• Embrun Boat Launch (Embrun)
• Cass Bridge Conservation Area (Winchester)
• Jessup’s Falls Conservation Area (Plantagenet)
• McIntosh Park Conservation Area (Berwick)
• Findlay Creek Boardwalk Conservation Area (Ottawa)
• Spencerville Mill and Museum Boat Launch (Spencerville)
• Chesterville Waterfront Docks and Boat Launch (Chesterville)

The complete list of parks, including year-round sites, are available at www.nation.on.ca/recreation.
Water levels were returned to summer levels at water control structures on April 9th, 2021. However, residents in Chesterville can expect to experience changes in water levels this week.

Staff are currently installing safety and debris booms in rivers at water control structures and
will be completed by April 16th. Partner docks will begin being installed once all the
safety booms are in place and will be completed by May 7th.

From May to October last year, the SNC’s Conservation Areas welcomed a record-setting 177,000 visitors. The SNC looks forward to reopening parks ahead of schedule to connect more people with nature throughout these uncertain times.

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