FAQs during the Coronavirus pandemic

Updated July 14, 2020

In the ever-changing and evolving times of the Coronavirus pandemic, we want to offer some answers to your frequently asked questions about our trails, Conservation Areas, closures, and modifications to our services. If you still have questions, please refer to the links on the right, or let us know by emailing us at: otonabeeca@otonabeeconservation.com

With the Province entering Stage 3, will you be opening up the Caves and The Caves Trail at Warsaw Caves Conservation Area?

At this time The Caves and The Caves Trail are closed due to physical distancing and sanitization risks that cannot be mitigated.

Canoe and kayak rentals at Warsaw Caves CA and Beavermead Campground also remain closed.

We will be reviewing the Government’s guidelines and restrictions for businesses entering Stage 3 to determine what amenities we may open at our parks, while ensuring that the health and safety of our staff and clients remains a priority. 

Which trails are open during the pandemic?

Currently, The Caves Trail (and the caves) is the only trail that is closed because hikers would be unable to physically distance while spelunking.

All of our other trails at all of our Conservation Areas are currently open with physical distancing. Check out our Map App for locations to hike and bike throughout the watershed. Click here to connect with our Map App…

When can I go camping this year?

Otonabee Conservation’s camping season opened on June 26th for Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Beavermead Campground.

Campers are asked to utilize our online reservation system to book sites ahead of time, in order to minimize face-to-face contact at the gatehouse upon arrival and to ensure a campsite is available for you.

Bring your reservation confirmation with you when you arrive to the campground to ensure a quick check-in.

Are there changes to how I can camp and what services will be available due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes. Camping looks a little different this year. Washrooms, picnic shelters, garbage receptacles, boat launches, and beaches are open and basic supplies such as firewood and ice are available.

This year, showers, laundry facilities, canoe & kayak rentals, and some other park amenities are not available. Areas that are closed will be signed. Please help us all stay safe by obeying all closure notices.

What provisions are in place to keep me safe at your Conservation Areas during the pandemic?

At Otonabee Conservation, we are taking all reasonable precautions to prevent harm to our visitors and our employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have developed new COVID-19 procedures to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the COVID-19 virus, and to protect everyone’s health and safety while at our Conservation Areas.

When you arrive to our Conservation Areas, please be patient and follow all signs for direction on how to proceed. Practice physical distancing within your social bubble of 10 or less people in all areas and we kindly ask that you obey all signage including closures of certain trails and amenities.

We will be cleaning most washrooms and other high use / high touch areas a minimum of twice daily. We encourage you to wear a mask when entering any of our buildings, such as washroom facilities, gatehouse, etc. and when interacting with our staff.

When will Otonabee Conservation’s Beaches be open?

We understand that beach season is a favourite time of year for many and we are excited to announce that our beaches opened on June 26th!

Please note that you must physically distance on our beaches and that you should not gather with any more than 10 people from within your social bubble.

Dogs are not allowed on our beaches. Alcohol is prohibited on beaches.

Please visit peterboroughpublichealth.ca for beach water testing results.

In addition to physical distancing, are there any other rules that must be followed while visiting Conservation Areas or trails?

Yes. The use of wheeled motorized land vehicles (i.e. ATV) is prohibited.

Visitors cannot light fires in non-designated areas.

Conservation Areas are only accessible from dawn to dusk.

Currently, there is no camping at any of our Conservation Areas.

If you see vandals, or visitors who are not following these rules, please first call Peterborough OPP at 705-742-0401 and also notify Otonabee Conservation by calling 705-745-5791.

Is hunting allowed on Conservation Lands during the pandemic?

Yes, hunting is allowed at eight of our properties. Hunters must possess a valid  Hunting Permit, issued by the Otonabee Conservation. Depending on the property, you may hunt for waterfowl, white-tailed deer, black bear, turkey, and small game.

Click here form more information about hunting on Otonabee Conservation Lands and the requirements to apply for a Hunting Permit…