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Day Use Area Terms and Conditions

Properties owned by the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority are regulated under the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER C.27, R.R.O. 1990, ONTARIO REGULATION 688/21RULES OF CONDUCT IN CONSERVATION AREAS. The terms and conditions below are deemed as notice of the permitted or prohibited activities in accordance with the Trespass to Property Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER T.21. Other applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws may apply.


  • When a Day-Use Area Permit is issued, permits are not transferable.
  • A Day-Use Area Permit authorizes the permit holder and the other members of the holder’s vehicle to enter and remain in the day-use area set out in the permit until check-out time on the day set out in the permit and to park one motor vehicle in a designated parking area.


  • Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Starting or maintaining a fire in a conservation area is permitted only in a designated fireplace or other location designated by an authority or under a permit issued by the authority.
  • Starting or maintaining a fire in a conservation area is not permitted if the authority has posted a notice indicating that there is a fire hazard in the conservation area.
  • Swimming, wading, or bathing are permitted only in designated swimming areas and during specified times.
  • Motorized or non-motorized boats are permitted only in designated areas.
  • All garbage and recycling materials must be deposited at the designated disposal areas.
  • Domestic animals other than a dog or cat are not permitted in a conservation area.
  • No person who owns or controls a domestic animal shall, in a conservation area, permit the animal to,

(a) make excessive noise or disturb other persons;
(b) enter water designated for wading, bathing or swimming or be on the beach adjacent to that water;
(c) enter any waters adjacent to camp-sites where campers would obtain water for cooking or consumption;
(d) be at large;
(e) damage conservation area property or vegetation;
(f) chase or harass wild animals or birds; or
(g) injure, or attempt to injure, a person or other domestic animal.

  • Clauses (b), (c) and (d) from the previous section do not apply to a person who is a holder of a National Identity Card issued by the Canadian Institute for the Blind or equivalent proof of legal blindness or to any other person with a disability as defined in section 2 of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
  • The person in control of a domestic animal shall immediately dispose of excrement from the animal in such manner and at such location that it will not cause a health hazard or public inconvenience. Please clean up after your pets.
  • No person shall ride or lead a horse, pony or similar animal in a conservation area.
  • No person shall, in a conservation area, operate a motor vehicle or ride a bicycle, except on a roadway or other place designated by an authority.
  • Motor vehicles must not exceed 20 km/h or the speed posted by an authority as the permitted maximum, whichever is higher.
  • No person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle, an off-road vehicle or a motorized snow vehicle in a conservation area.
  • No person shall, in the conservation area,

(a) deface, remove, or damage any property;
(b) cut, remove, injure, or destroy any plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, or other growing thing;
(c) remove or destroy any soil or rock;
(d) use discriminatory, harassing, abusive, insulting or threatening language or gestures, make excessive noise or disturb other persons.

  • No person shall, in a conservation area, except under a permit issued by an authority,

(a) kill, trap, pursue, or disturb a wild bird, reptile, or animal;
(b) possess or ignite fireworks;
(c) camp;
(d) make an excavation;
(e) possess, shoot, discharge, or use a spring gun, air gun, firearm, slingshot, or any archery equipment;
(f) erect, paint, or affix a sign or notice;
(g) sell or offer for sale an article, thing or service;
(h) engage in fund raising;
(i) advertise or carry on a business or enterprise;
(j) conduct public events, public performances, public meetings, or bring equipment for public entertainment into the conservation area;
(k) conduct a public meeting or do anything that is likely to cause persons to congregate; or
(l) remain in the conservation area after the posted times.

Otonabee Conservation reserves the right to revoke permits, prohibit entrance, or evict anyone contravening any terms stated above or whom Otonabee Conservation deems to be detrimental to the area or a threat to the safety of visitors. Otonabee Conservation staff are authorized to enforce the applicable regulations.

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