Several GTA Nature Trails Are Now Closed Indefinitely Due To COVID-19
The closures are in effect as of March 24.
If you want to get out in nature anytime soon, you'll have fewer options. Several GTA hiking trails and conservation areas have been shut down until further notice. The closures are part of Ontario's initiative to curb the spread of COVID-19.
On March 24, Credit Valley Conservation posted a notice on its website stating it would close all conservation areas and trails at 4:00 p.m. that Tuesday.
"No members of the public, including Conservation Park members, may use or enter CVC conservation area grounds or trails," the notice reads.
"CVC staff will be actively monitoring properties and trails for compliance with the closure notice. Authorized staff will issue tickets for trespassing and will be monitoring parking violations."
Among the areas named in the full list of closures are the Credit Conservation Area, Belfountain, Island Lake, Terra Cotta, Rattray Marsh, Meadowvale, Limehouse, Silver Creek, Upper, and the Cheltenham Badlands.
"CVC has made the difficult decision to close all parks and trails to the public for an indefinite period. We will reopen only when it is appropriate to do so," said Deborah Martin-Downs, Chief Administrative Officer of Insauga.
"Like all other conservation authorities, we support the need to act in the best interest of our communities, visitors, and staff."
"We had already taken steps to protect the public and staff by closing all buildings within Credit Valley Conservation parks, including visitor centres, rental shops, and public washrooms," she added.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, who are partnered with Credit Valley Conservation, also announced that they would be cancelling the famous Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival due to the risk of COVID-19.
"This is in line with the recent announcement from Ontario's chief medical officer of health recommending the immediate suspension of all large events and public gathering of more than 250 people and the World Health Organization," read an update on the event's website.
As of 11:59 p.m. on March 24, all non-essential services in Ontario will befor 14 days.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, LCBO and Beer Store locations will remain open, as will restaurants that offer takeout and delivery.