FAQs during the Coronavirus pandemic

Updated September 23, 2021

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

Is the Administrative Office open to the public?

No, our Administrative Office at 250 Milroy Drive is currently closed to the public. We are committed to keeping our communications open with our watershed residents. Please be assured that we are doing our best to continue providing our services remotely and therefore, email is our preferred method of communication at this time.

Please connect with our Contact Us page to direct your email to the staff member who can assist you with your inquiry.

Can I go camping?

Campgrounds are open until Monday, October 11th!

Campgrounds are open, along with comfort stations, showers, and outhouses. Firewood/ice is available for purchase at the gatehouses, but please be aware that some of our amenities are not available:

  • Laundry facilities are available
  • Canoe and kayak rentals are not available
  • Picnic shelters and day-use picnic tables are available with distancing

All necessary precautions will be taken during the Coronavirus pandemic with all necessary distancing, face coverings, group sizes, sanitation, etc. in place as per Provincial guidelines and Peterborough Public Health regulations.

You are able to reserve a campsite online. Please connect directly with the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area webpage and the Beavermead Campground webpage to make your reservation.

Are the Caves and The Caves Trail open 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.

All other trails are available with physical distancing guidelines in place and with members of your own household.

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. Periodically, trails at Harold Town Conservation Area may be closed for maintenance. Please follow all posted signs and stay on marked trails.

All of our other trails at all of our Conservation Areas are currently available 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…

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 are working closely with Peterborough Public Health to ensure that our operations are safe for everyone.

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 and provincial guidelines in all areas. We kindly ask that you obey all signage including closures of certain trails and amenities.

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

Yes. Please refer to our Day Use Areas Terms and Conditions for a full list of permitted activities.

  • The use of wheeled motorized land vehicles (i.e. ATV) is prohibited.
  • Conservation Areas are only accessible from dawn to dusk.
  • Picnic Shelters and day use picnic tables are currently closed and no alcohol is permitted.
  • Visitors must keep their dog leashed at all times and stoop & scoop.
  • Day use visitors must pack out their own garbage.

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…