COVID-19 Operating Updates
Maitland Conservation is adjusting operations to help reduce the risk of transmissions of coronavirus (COVID-19).
- The Maitland Conservation Administration Centre and the Falls Reserve Conservation Area office have been closed to the public and staff. Our staff are now working remotely and continue to be available by telephone and email. Open our staff directory to find contact information.
- Staff will continue to respond to inquiries but please be aware that there may some delay in response time.
- Given that staff will not be in the office, postal mail and faxes will not be checked regularly until the offices reopen.
- Please be assured that flood and erosion safety services will continue as usual. If you need to report a flood or erosion emergency please call 519-357-0890.
Maitland Conservation Events
We have also made some changes to Conservation Authority events:
- The Wingham area floodplain mapping Public Information Centre scheduled for March 24, 2020 has been postponed.
- The Maitland Conservation membership recently approved holding a Public Information Centre relating to the Gorrie Dam decommissioning project. This public consultation outreach is expected to be held late in the summer. The format of the session will be determined based on recommendations from local health officials. Once this has been determined, information will be posted about how community members can participate.
- The Maitland Conservation Members’ meeting scheduled for Wednesday September 16, 2020 is expected to be an on-line meeting. If you are interested in viewing the meeting in a webinar format, please email Jayne Thompson at email@example.com by 4:00 pm on Tuesday September 15, 2020.
Falls Reserve Conservation Area
Falls Reserve Conservation Area is gradually reopening to visitors. If the park is to remain open we need visitors to respect the operating procedures outlined below. If you’re calling or emailing with questions please be patient; park staff are very busy dealing with park operations and camping inquires.
Falls Reserve is now accepting applications for new seasonal campers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on application and site availability.
The park is now open for vehicle day use entry from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Day use permits will only be issued until 6:00 pm, but day visitors may stay in the park until 8:00 pm.
Day use washrooms are now open with strict physical distancing guidelines in place. Only one household, social circle or single individual may use the washroom facilities at one time. Washrooms will be closed during posted times of the day for cleaning, disinfecting or maintenance.
Please note the following day use restrictions:
- Day use visitors will NOT be permitted to enter campground areas.
- Walkers and cyclists are asked to stay on the trails and paved road surfaces. Follow physical distancing recommendations – stay 2 metres apart.
- Day use areas are open to small gatherings of 10 people or less if you are members of the same household or social circle.
- Please maintain physical distancing with anyone who is not part of your household or social circle.
- Picnic tables and BBQs are NOT available for use in the day use areas.
- Anyone feeling sick or showing symptoms of COVID19 shall not enter the Conservation Area.
The following park facilities remain closed:
- Picnic areas and shelters
- Fishing Pond closed to fishing – the pond has NOT been stocked for the 2020 season
- On-line reservations may be made anytime at: http://www.mvca.on.ca/camping/falls-reserve-camping-reservations/
- Advanced reservations are currently required to camp at Falls Reserve. Please do not arrive at the park without a reservation.
- Reservations may also be made by phone from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm daily at 519-524-6429 or at 1-877-FALLSCA.
- Please email MVweb@camis.com or call 519-524-6429 or toll free 1-877-FALLSCA for questions about your current booking.
- Both serviced and non-serviced campsites are now open at Falls Reserve.
- Campsite occupancy is limited to 6 people (including children and infants) per campsite as set out in our Conservation Area Regulations. Campsite occupancy is restricted to people living at the same home address or within the same social circle.
- Extra fees apply to campsites with more than 2 adults, as per campsite booking policies.
- The gatehouse is open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm from Saturday to Thursday. The gatehouse is open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm on Fridays. Only campers with a prior campsite booking may enter the park after these hours to access their reserved campsite. If you arrive after hours staff will stop by your campsite to verify your reservation. Remember, please do not arrive at the park without a reservation.
- Out of park visitors will NOT be allowed in to visit the campgrounds.
- In-park campers are allowed to visit other campsites as long as site gatherings do not exceed 10 people maximum and 2 metre physical distancing measures are in place.
- Campers with bathroom facilities in their trailers are encouraged to use those facilities rather than the park washrooms.
- Campground washrooms are open with strict physical distancing guidelines in place. Only one household, social circle or single individual may use the washroom facilities at one time.
- Washrooms will be closed during posted times of the day for cleaning, disinfecting or maintenance. A barricade will be placed around the washrooms while they are being cleaned. Please respect this barricade.
- Showers remain closed until further notice.
Group campsites remaining closed until further notice.
Please check back regularly to stay informed on the status of the camping season.
Other Conservation Areas
All other Conservation Areas have reopened for limited day use access.
- Please follow physical distancing recommendations – stay 2 metres apart.
- No fires, camping or social gatherings.
For information on the local COVID-19 situation visit the Huron Perth Public Health website at: hpph.ca
Maitland Conservation apologizes for the inconvenience these changes may cause but we are committed to protecting the health of our staff and watershed communities. If additional changes to our operations are required, we will provide updates on our website and social media channels.
If you have questions or concerns please contact:
Jayne Thompson, Communications and GIS-IT Coordinator