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Arriving at the Conservation Area
When you visit our Conservation Area, continue to follow public health advice including washing hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid large groups and respect posted closures for your safety and the safety of others.
A reservation or booking is not your camp permit.
When you arrive park at the gatehouse and check-in with Park Staff to obtain your camp permit. If no Park Staff is at gatehouse, arriving campers are to self check-in using the online self check-in portal. Once you’re checked in, use the barcode/pin access code provided to open the entry gates and proceed to your campsite. Park Staff will assist you at a later time.
- Note: barcode/pin access to the gate is valid only after 3:00 p.m. on reservation arrival date. Barcode/pin gate access will not activate for early arrivals.
- Campsite reservations are booked based on nightly campsite accommodation from 3:00 p.m. daily to noon the following day. Early arrivals and late departure are subject to additional fees.
- Campsite check-in is after 3:00 p.m. on date of arrival.
- Campsite check-out is before noon on date of departure.
- Arriving prior to 8:00 p.m. to set up your campsite is appreciated. Noise from setting up a campsite disturbs other campers during quiet times. If late arrival is necessary, please set up quickly and keep noise to a minimum.
Please let Park Staff know if garbage is left on the campsite when you arrive or if the campsite does not meet your expectations. Park Staff will attend to the matter and notify the prior occupants of the campsite.
Renewing and Vacating You Campsite
- Campsite renewal is before noon, subject to availability. After noon, all sites schedule to leave or that have not been renewed will be available to new campers.
- Check-out time for campsite is by noon on date campsite permit expires.
- Campers are responsible to clean-up and remove all garbage and unwanted belongings from the campsite on departure.
Respectful camper etiquette is to leave the campsite in a cleaner condition then it was found.
Campsite Amenities / Acceptable Gear and Equipment
- All campsites include one picnic table and a designated fire pit. Relocating of fire pit is prohibited.
- Serviced campsites include one electrical service connection and one water hook-up connection.
- Selected campsites have sewer hook-up connection.
- One vehicle permit is included with your campsite registration. All other vehicles checking into the campsite must purchase an Additional Vehicle permit at time of arrival.
- A maximum of 2 vehicles are allowed to park on the campsite at any time. All other visitor vehicles must park in designated parking areas. New visitors are not permitted entry after 8:00 p.m.
- You are allowed up to 3 pieces of sheltered equipment on your campsite if space permits (including a dining tent/tarp). Only one piece of sheltered camping equipment can be: a tent trailer, travel trailer, house trailer, motor home, camper van or self-propelled camping unit.
Pets in the Conservation Area
Dogs and cats are welcomed pets at the Conservation Area. As a pet owner it’s your responsibility to ensure attention is given to your pet to prevent nuisance behaviour and to comply with these rules in the Conservation Area.
Barking dogs are an annoyance that disturbs other park guests. Dogs found disturbing others, including nuisance barking, will be evicted from the Conservation Area.
Pet Rules at the Conservation Area
- All pets are to be secured by a minimum 2-metre leash at all times in the Conservation Area.
- No person shall allow their dog to bark excessively or allow their pet to disturb other persons in the Conservation Area.
- Only 2-dogs allowed per campsite to prevent excessive barking habits.
- Pets shall not be left unattended at any time, either at the campsite, in a vehicle/trailer/tent or any other area of the Conservation Area.
- Pets are not allowed in park buildings including washrooms or showers facilities.
- Clean up after your pet – stoop and scoop and dispose of pet waste appropriately. Do not toss pet waste baggies into treed areas or leave pet waste baggies along trail side.
As a pet owner, if you feel you cannot meet these pet rules we ask that you leave your pet at home or at a kennel.
Rules and Respect
- Park quiet time is from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. nightly. Radios, audio equipment and loud behavior are prohibited during quiet times. Please remember that loud voices, group laughter and vulgar or insulting language can be disturbing to other campers. Be considerate of others during quiet times.
- Radios and audio equipment is now prohibited during all times in the Cedar campground area and at secluded Radio Free tent campsites.
- Be considerate of other campers; respect the rules of the Conservation Area. Excessive noise and/or behaviour that may disturb other persons is prohibited.
- Abusive or insulting language towards park staff or other persons is NOT tolerated and will result in termination of permit and eviction from the property.
- Alcohol Beverages –may be consumed responsibly at the campsite ONLY; alcohol is prohibited in all other areas of the Conservation Area including all pavilions and all day use areas.
- Cannabis – the use of Cannabis shall not interfere with the enjoyment of other campers at the Conservation Area. Respect and consideration of others is encouraged. Anyone knowingly or unknowingly disturbing others with the use of Cannabis will be asked to take all measures to prevent this disturbance. Anyone NOT willing to comply with this reasonable responsibility will be asked to leave the Conservation Area.
- Illegal Narcotics and Drugs –the use of, soliciting or selling illegal narcotics, or illegal drugs within the Conservation Area is strictly prohibited and will be reported to the Police.
- Firewood – buy locally as invasive pests in firewood can destroy our forests. Bagged firewood is available and sold at the Park Gatehouse. The use or removal of live tinder/wood from natural areas within the Conservation Area is prohibited and not to be used as campfire wood.
- Cleanliness of campsite – It is the responsibility of the permit holder to keep the campsite clean and litter free at all times. Scattered trash or litter is unacceptable and may result in termination of campsite permit.
ATV’s and Golf Carts
ATV’s and Golf Carts are prohibited and not allowed in the Conservation Area.
Bicycles and Helmets
All rules of the roadway apply to bicycles while on roadways within the Conservation Area. Bicycle helmets must be worn by anyone under 18 years of age riding a bicycle on park roadways.
E-Bikes / Power Assisted Vehicles
E-bikes are permitted on Conservation Area roadways only. Use of e-bikes or power assisted vehicle is not permitted on any Conservation Area trail system.
All other power-assisted, low-speed vehicles are not permitted in the Conservation Area with the exception of personal assistive mobility devices specifically designed to improve personal mobility.
Personal assistive mobility devices are only to be used by those whom required personal mobility to get around. Personal assistive mobility devices may be restricted in some areas of the Conservation Area for safety reasons.
The maximum posted speed limit on roads within the Conservation Area is 20km/hr, unless posted otherwise.
All operators of vehicles traveling on roadways are expected to obey the posted speed limits and use caution at all times.
For the safety of everyone in the Conservation Area, operators of vehicles should reduce speed while traveling on gravel sections of roadway within campground areas.
Riding in the box of pick trucks or on the outside of motor vehicles is strictly prohibited.
The use or possession of alcohol or cannabis while operating a motor vehicle is strictly prohibited. The OPP will be notified if impairment is suspected.
Shortening Your Stay
Many factors are considered when campers make a choice to shorten their stay. Some of these reasons are beyond the control of the park and the operations. Shortening your stay has financial implications for the operations of the park and limits the opportunity to camp or extend a stay for other campers.
- No Refund towards shortening your stay on holiday weekends or on minimum stay requirements.
- No Refunds on Additional Vehicle or Additional Adult permits issued. Additional Vehicle or Additional Adult permits are not transferable.
- No Refunds on terminated permits due to park eviction.
- No Refunds due to inclement weather or insect pests.
- No Refunds of any sort will be approved through park or gatehouse staff other than refunds in-line with reservation, cancellation or change policies.
- NO CASH REFUNDS
Refunds require approval by the Park Superintendent and may take up to 30 days to process.
The Conservation Area provides waste disposal services of campsite waste material only. Large items and hazardous waste is non-acceptable material to leave at the Conservation Areas disposal site as dumpsters will be monitored.
Acceptable Disposal Waste
Food waste, biodegradable waste, disposable food utensils and small item packaging are acceptable disposable items at the Conservation Area.
Campers are also encouraged to separate recyclables from acceptable waste and place in the proper waste bin provided.
Non-Acceptable Disposal Waste
Discarded furniture, mattresses, appliances, construction material, BBQs, bikes, batteries, vehicle or camping unit parts and or any hazardous items are NOT permitted for disposal at the Conservation Area.
Everyone needs to do their part to keep our Conservation Area clean and reduce waste disposal costs.
Wildlife and Your Campsite
While camping, you are sharing the park with the animals that live there. In general, most animals will avoid campgrounds because there is too much human activity, but raccoons, skunks, coyotes and bears can become a campsite nuisance if you do not keep your campsite clean. The best way to prevent wildlife from visiting you at night is to keep a clean campsite. Here are a few simple tips that will help prevent most wildlife issues on the campsite:
- Clean dirty dishes and dispose of dishwater. Do the dishes right after all meals.
- Pack away your cooler and food. While on your campsite, your cooler and dry food should be SEALED AND CLOSED. At nighttime or when you leave your campsite, store food in your vehicle. Raccoons can open cooler latches with their nimble hands. Place food in your trunk or in vehicle with the windows rolled up and your food covered.
- Dispose of garbage. Put all food waste and garbage in a garbage bag, not the fire pit. Dispose of food scraps dropped on the ground. Keep your garbage bag away from tents and out of reach of wildlife (hang from a branch or clothesline) while present on your campsite. At night or if you leave your campsite, collect ALL garbage and recycling and take to the campground’s garbage bin or store it in your vehicle.
- Keep your tent odour-free. Never store food/snacks, fragrant personal items or hygiene products (e.g. perfumes, shampoo, toothpaste) in your tent. Never cook or eat in your tent.
- Do not keep captive critters on your campsite. Frogs and other critters (fishing bait, crayfish, worms) should not be kept in or around site at night as they will attract raccoons. It is illegal to collect wildlife in Conservation Areas.
- Never leave out pet food.
- Never feed wildlife. If they learn to get food from humans they can become a nuisance.
Campfires and Firewood
- Campers are prohibited from gathering of tinder or wood from the Conservation Area.
- Painted or treated wood, wood pallets or skids shall not be used as firewood.
- Firewood brought in from another area may harbour pests and carry disease that will destroy forests. It is encouraged that campers buy firewood locally and burn it locally.
- Fires must be contained within an approved fire pit and kept under control at all times. Fires must not be left unattended.
- Fire pits shall not be moved or relocated by the camper.
- We encourage campers allow fire pit ashes to burn down and cool within the contained fire pit area so staff can safety empty the pit ashes.
There is one basic rule in the Conservation Area: Have respect and consideration for your fellow visitors and the park environment.
Under the Conservation Authorities Act, the permit holder is responsible for the conduct of all campsite occupants and could be charged with an offence or immediately evicted from the park based on the actions of the occupants on the registered campsite.
The Conservation Authorities Act and other legislation governing behaviour can be reviewed at the conservation area office, our website www.mvca.on.ca, and on the e-laws website at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca.
These rules are enforced by the Conservation Area Park Officers and Staff who have the power and the authority to charge or evict any person(s) from the park property whom are found in violation of an offence or park rule.
Many of the listed offences or park rules could result in eviction from the Conservation Area. Evicted visitors will not receive a refund and are prohibited from use of the property.
Zero Tolerance Policy
Falls Reserve Conservation Area has a Zero Tolerance Policy towards verbal or physical abuse of staff or other park visitors.
Anyone using verbal or physical abuse towards park staff will not be given or provided service, issued a permit to access the park, and will be asked to leave the park property without question. If police assistance is needed, charges may be laid.
NO REFUNDS available at any time as a result of persons being disrespectful or that present verbal or physical abuse towards staff.
Your camping privileges may be revoked anytime without refund at the discretion of the Superintendent or designate. At any such occurrence those in violation shall leave the property immediately without question.