Program and Facility Update

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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Windsor/Essex –  With the Province of Ontario’s State of Emergency in effect, Essex Region Conservation confirms the following adjustments to our programs and facilities:

  • All essential services including our Flood Forecasting and Warning remain active. Staff are working remotely. The Essex County Civic Centre remains closed, and our offices also closed to walk-in visits until further notice. Inquiries can be made over the phone and by email.
  • Our permitting, planning and regulatory responsibilities continue. Applications for permit can be made online at
  • Outdoor conservation areas and greenway trails will continue to be open from dawn to dusk for exercise. No gathering is permitted. Proper physical distancing protocols of remaining at least 2 metres from any other visitor who is not part of your household must be observed.  Facial coverings are strongly recommended, in accordance with Provincial guidelines. Conservation area usage is monitored to ensure these guidelines are being followed so that we can safely continue to offer these important natural areas for physical and mental health.  Pets MUST be leashed. Please be sure to remove all litter and pet waste so these trails can be kept clean and safe for the enjoyment of all.
  • Holiday Beach Conservation Area will re-open for those with seasonal camping contracts and for daily exercise on April 17, 2021. The washrooms will also be opened at this time, but the Hawk Viewing Tower remains closed as physical distancing cannot be maintained. Please note that the daily entry fee of $10/vehicle is in effect during operating season in order to partially cover costs of cleaning, maintenance and operations.   Alternatively, an annual pass can be purchased. Please note that parking in the fire lane is not permitted.
  • The museum, outbuildings and washrooms remain closed at the John R. Park Homestead. The grounds are open for exercise.
  • Cottage rentals are suspended in accordance with Provincial orders.

Essex Region Conservation thanks the leadership of our local communities, and extends our sincerest appreciation to all who are working to keep our region’s citizens safe, supplied and protected.

Since 1973, Essex Region Conservation has been enriching and sustaining our region as the Place for Life.

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