Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority temporarily closes all 19 conservation areas

LSRCA says decision was taken in light of COVID-19 pandemic

Getting back to nature and maybe clearing your head of everything COVID-19 just got a little tougher.

The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority has said made what it calls “the difficult decision to temporarily close all 19 conservation areas effective immediately.”

The LSRCA said people should not visit these areas as they will not be maintained.

“If anyone understands and appreciates the importance of nature and getting outside, it’s the staff at conservation authorities. We have not made this decision lightly, but we are doing what is in the best interest of our watershed community”, says Brian Kemp, General Manager of Conservation Lands. “With the trails not being monitored for hazards like falling or fallen trees, we cannot ensure visitor safety. We have no choice. It’s a matter of public safety.” adds Brian.

The closures include Scanlon Creek in Bradford, Rogers Reservoir in East Gwillimbury and Thornton Bales in King.

A full list of which properties are included in the closure can be can be found here: www.lsrca.on.ca/enjoytheoutdoors/conservationareas