COVID-19 Related Updates

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) announces measures to proactively protect staff and members of the public from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19. Please check this page regularly for updates.  

LATEST NEWS

TRCA Campgrounds are open!

Washrooms will be available. However, showers, pools, and laundry facilities remain closed until further notice.

Wearing a mask or a face covering is required in indoor TRCA facilities as per municipal by-laws. The mask or face covering should cover your nose, mouth and chin, without gapping. Wearing a mask or face covering is an additional measure we can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep each other safe. All visitors entering an indoor premise, including washrooms and camp stores, are required to wear a mask or face covering while inside. When visiting one of our locations, please arrive prepared with a mask or face covering.

Prior to coming to a campground or conservation park, every visitor must do the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment for COVID-19. If they do not pass the assessment, they should not visit the park.

Our parks are open!

Please view our COVID-19 protocols prior to visiting.

TRCA is happy to be able to open our gates for passive enjoyment. During this unprecedented time, we hope that being out in nature will be a good experience for visitors.

Kindly note that the number of visitors may be limited to respect physical distancing requirements.

Washrooms will be available. General admission fees apply. Please be prepared to pay by credit or debit, as cash will not be accepted at this time.

 

As the health and safety of our communities, patrons, and staff is paramount, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has made the difficult decision to suspend aquatic facility operations for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maintaining safe conditions through physical distancing creates many challenges for patrons and staff, especially in aquatic facilities and related change rooms and washrooms. Considering the limited capacity of aquatic facilities, and their ability to maintain enough safety for patrons and staff and the costs associated with this service delivery, TRCA has decided that pools and aquatic facilities will remain closed for the season.

This is a difficult decision as we understand how much children and families enjoy our aquatic facilities; however, we look forward to opening again in 2021.

We encourage our patrons to continue to visit Conservation Parks to enjoy the many benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature through other recreational opportunities, including hiking, biking, camping, picnicking in small groups, and fishing.

This summer, TRCA is offering online family programming. We invite you to participate in virtual summer fun and visit our events calendar to learn more about TRCA’s summer offerings.

Facilities affected:

  • Albion Hills Conservation Area pool
  • Heart Lake Conservation Area pool and splash pad
  • Petticoat Creek Conservation Area pool and splash pad
  • Indian Line Campground pool

 

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) leadership have spent the last two months talking to experts about the constantly evolving landscape in which we are operating. It has become abundantly clear that TRCA’s in-person program offerings cannot realistically be delivered in the current COVID-19 environment, as our number one concern remains the health and safety of our staff and participants.

While we have not yet received public health guidelines from the government for the safe operation of day camps in Ontario, TRCA leadership have determined that the anticipated future restrictions would materially impact our ability to provide TRCA’s signature level of care that our campers deserve and have come to expect.

TRCA’s has a low-risk threshold when it comes to the well-being of our participants. Erring on the side of health and safety for all the right reasons, social distancing creates too many challenges for our dedicated staff to overcome in order to appropriately care for your children.

This announcement is obviously difficult for all those involved, as we can’t imagine a summer without children running around our facilities enjoying the stimulating programming put on by our staff. However, we do know that we are making the right decision, as health and well-being remains our number one priority in these trying times.

All registrants affected by cancelled programming will be receiving a full refund in the coming weeks.

We encourage families to take part in TRCA’s #AtHomeWithNature series on Facebook and other virtual programming, including cultural and education offerings, which are all listed on our event calendar.

 

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) announces the following measures to proactively protect staff and members of the public from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19:

  • The closure of all educational facilities
  • The closure of TRCA’s head office and satellite offices to the public until further notice.
  • The postponement of all in-person conferences, events and programs until further notice. Please visit the events calendar for our online learning programs and workshops, as well as the Black Creek Pioneer Village Experience the Village from Home webpage for additional online activities.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • TRCA’s Infrastructure and Development Planning and Permits staff will continue to operate remotely, and will be available by telephone and email to assist you as necessary. LEARN MORE.
  • Some TRCA events or programs may continue in an online format. Participants will receive a link on the morning of the event to attend from the comfort of home.

These closures and cancellations are in line with the recent announcement from Ontario’s chief medical officer of health recommending the immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings, and the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic, as well as recommendations by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please be sure to check TRCA’s website for updates.