Rondeau Park is re-opening to the public for limited recreational use beginning on Friday, May 15. Park roads and trails will be open at this time for hiking, biking, bird-watching, etc.
Please note: no buildings within the park will be open to the public at this time. Washroom facilities remain CLOSED. The campground, beaches, playground, and boat launch will also remain closed at this time. Please plan your visit accordingly.
People are encouraged to get outside and enjoy the wonderful natural environment that Rondeau has to offer, but are asked to please do so safely and responsibly. Remember to practise safe physical distancing while in the park and to continue to follow all other rules set out by healthcare officials to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
Entry to Rondeau Park will be FREE from May 15-31, 2020.
Read the full press release regarding the limited re-opening of Ontario Parks below:
Ontario Opening Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves
May 9, 2020
Access for Limited Recreational Activities at Ontario Parks Permitted While Maintaining Physical Distancing
TORONTO — The Ontario government is opening provincial parks and conservation reserves for limited day-use access. The first areas will open on Monday May 11, 2020, with the remaining areas (including Rondeau) opening on Friday May 15, 2020. At this time, recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. Day visitors will also be able to access all parks and conservation reserves for free until the end of the month.
The announcement was made today (May 9) by Premier Doug Ford, Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.
“As we continue to make progress in our fight to stop the spread of COVID-19, we are carefully and cautiously reopening the province, starting with certain businesses and retailers, and now our provincial parks and conservation reserves,” said Premier Ford. “I encourage people to get out and enjoy the outdoors, but please do so in a responsible way. Practise physical distancing and follow the rules set out by health care officials to stop the spread of this virus.”
On Monday, 520 provincial parks and conservation reserves across the province will open, and the remaining 115 will open on the following Friday for limited day-use activities. At this time, camping and other activities are not permitted at any provincial park or conservation reserve. All buildings and facilities including washrooms, water taps, campgrounds, backcountry campsites, roofed accommodations, playgrounds, and beaches continue to be closed.
“People are eager to enjoy the warmer weather, stretch their legs and reconnect with nature,” said Minister Yurek. “In consultation with our health experts, we’re working to slowly phase-in the opening of Ontario Parks in a measured way to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff. People should take note that not all amenities will be open and plan accordingly.”
Over the next several weeks, Ontario Parks’ staff will be conducting critical maintenance and other parks start-up procedures, so that more recreational activities and facilities will be available when it is safe to do so.
Before planning your trip, please visit www.ontarioparks.com/park-locator to check the status of your local provincial park.