Visiting Conservation Areas during COVID-19
UPDATE (April 15, 2021):
***The Grey Bruce Health Unit is declaring a critical threshold of COVID-19 cases in Grey Bruce***
Due to the surge in local COVID-19 cases, we are asking that people stay home and refrain from visiting conservation areas for the next 48-hrs to help adhere to the request from the local Medical Officer of Health.
Maintenance at GSCA properties has transitioned to fall/winter services, which means the removal of garbage receptacles and portable toilets, as well as the closure of some parking area gates, including at Hibou Conservation Area and Spirit Rock Conservation Area.
GSCA properties are open daily from dawn until dusk*
*Eugenia Falls Conservation Area is now closed for the season. Visitors that travel out of bounds or enter the property beyond the time of operation will be prosecuted.
*Indian Falls Conservation Area is currently closed until further notice due to high water levels causing flooding on the trails. We apologize for any inconvenience.
*Parking area gates at Spirit Rock and Hibou Conservation Areas are now closed for the season.
*Skinners Marsh-McNab Lake Management Area (Compartment 109) is closed due to a scheduled plantation thinning operation.
*Please be advised that the western loop of the Bruce Trail at Bognor Marsh is closed due to flooding. Hikers must use the Bruce Trail Side Trail that runs south to north.
BBQs are currently not permitted on GSCA properties.
See our properties and permitted uses map download or interactive map, our brochure or visit our Conservation Areas page for details on these properties.
Tips to remember while navigating nature during COVID-19:
- Amenities like washrooms and garbage receptacles may not be available, so please plan your visit accordingly.
- Explore close to home to limit non-essential travel.
- Maintain physical distancing when on the trails.
- Avoid touching surfaces.
- Take all garbage home, including dog waste.
- Be sure to check this page regularly for updates before you plan your hike.
- Be mindful of other trail users and limit your time to share the resources.
- Enjoy all the physical and mental health benefits of being in nature at GSCA’s properties again!