The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is Open–though some amenities and local businesses are not.
Stay Safe. Stay Local.
Check here to see the status of Trail openings in Waterfront Trail communities.
Ontario is now in Stage 3 of recovery. The Trail is open. People are expected to travel responsibly and maintain physical distance and wear face coverings indoors and when physical distancing is a challenge. Some amenities, such as restrooms may be closed or operating at a reduced capacity.
Beaches are operating at reduced capacity, and sometimes on a reduced schedule. Most beaches at provincial parks are at capacity before Noon on the weekends, so plan to arrive early.
Victoria Beach in Cobourg. is closed until the end of August.
The beaches in Port Hope are closed on the weekends.
Please be sure to bring hand sanitizer on your trail outings. Users are expected to practice physical distancing and not gather in groups. Please respect the communities and landscapes you love to visit by not littering.
We have provided Covid update links to popular locations on the trail below. We recommend checking with communities for updates before heading out.
Niagara Parks Commission
- Waterfall and escarpment areas remain closed to all users. These are particularly difficult to physically distance in as their natural features and limitations mean that the trail systems are narrow. Further, there are natural gathering areas such as lookouts and trail head entrances that encourage gathering.
- The areas that remain closed include: Crooks Hollow, Spencer Gorge, Dundas Peak, Spencer Adventure Trail, Tew Falls, Webster Falls, Tiffany Falls, Devil’s Punchbowl. Members of the public are not permitted on any of these areas or trails and those who access these properties are trespassing.
The Waterfront Trail between Princess Point and the floating bridge at the Desjardins Canal is closed for construction Monday to Friday between 7 am and 7 pm.
Hamilton Conservation—Restrictions/limitations may apply. Please check the Conservation Area page on the Hamilton Conservation Area site.
Royal Botanical Gardens–includes Cootes Paradise.
Oakville — City parks and trails remain open for local through traffic use only. Open parking lots at Tannery, Waterworks Park, Gairloch Gardens, Coronation and South Shell Park. Park benches and picnic tables are open. Select number of public washrooms including Bronte Beach, Fisherman’s Warf, Bronte Outer Harbour, Tannery Park, Wallace Park, Lakeside Park, Lawson Park, Coronation Park, Burloak Canoe Club, George Savage Park, Memorial Park, Isaac Park, Fowley Park.
Mississauga — City parks and trails remain open for local through traffic use only. Park benches and picnic shelters are open. Seasonal washrooms and portable washrooms are open at JC Saddington Park, Douglas Kennedy Headland (Lakefront Promenade), Lakefront Promenade Marina, A.E. Crookes Headland (Lakefront Promenade)Marina Park, Birchwood Park, Jack Darling Park, East Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens Washroom, Richards Memorial Park Washroom, Brickyard Park Washroom. Select park and community parking lots re-opened on Friday May 29th.
Rattray Marsh Conservation Area is open for walk through, local access.Visitor and parking capacity limits in effect to ensure physical distancing. Illegal parking subject to fines and towing. Limited parking available at Jack Darling Memorial Park (1180 Lakeshore Rd. West).
Toronto–City parks and trails are open for local through traffic use only. Park parking lots are now open (with the exception of Woodbine Beach, Sunnyside Park and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park waterfront lots). Parts of the Trail are part of Active TO: Lake Promenade between (Twenty Third St to Forty Second St) and Lake Shore Dr between (Fifth St to Eleventh St) have been designated as Quiet streets to allow local residents to maintain physical distancing within their communities through the installation of signage and temporary barricades to encourage slow, local vehicle access only. They do not invite people to congregate or host social gatherings on the street.
Washrooms–Approximately 50 washroom sites will be open by June 6, followed by the remaining locations by mid-June. View the list of park washrooms that open by June 6.
Beaches in Toronto are accessible.
Rouge National Urban Park– The Glen Rouge Campground is closed until 2022.
Petticoat Creek Bridge and Petticoat Creek Conservation Area is open as are all TRCA parks. Visit https://trca.ca/parks/ for more information.
Durham Region-–Central Lake Ontario Conservation Areas are closed until May 20th including: Bowmanville/Westside Marshes Conservation Area, Clarington, Heber Down Conservation Area (including the dog park), Lynde Shores Conservation Area.
Oshawa — Trail and parking lots open. Walkthrough use only. Amenities closed and fishing is not permitted.
Clarington-Playgrounds, park amenities, parking lots and dog parks are closed through trails remain available for local through travel. Oshawa’s Lakeview Park Beach is closed.
Sections of the Trail from Northumberland to Quebec are in Stage 2.
Port Hope and Cobourg Green spaces are still available for use, so long as individuals are practicing social distancing. All park amenities and facilities are closed including parking lots, washrooms, playgrounds. East and West Beach in Port Hope Victoria Beach in Cobourg is closed.
Lands along the Ganaraska River are closed in an effort to limit group gatherings as it relates to the opening of the trout fishing season. This closure includes all green spaces and trails from Molson Street South to Lake Ontario and prevents access to the River through municipal properties.
Brighton— Applefest is postponed. Parks, fields and other amenities are open. Caution tape and signage has been removed except for around the playground structures, splash pad and indoor facilities which remain closed.
Quinte West — Quinte West public boat launches remain closed. Trent Port Marina is closed. Shore fishing on City property is not encouraged but permitted unless otherwise posted. Camping of any kind is also prohibited on City property.
Greater Napanee–All municipal boat launches (with the exception of the Water St. launch) reopened on Friday, May 15, 2020. Public notice will be given once the Water St. launch has reopened.
ST. LAWRENCE RIVER
Kingston–Parks and trails, including the K&P Trail and Waterfront Trail are open. Municipal boat launches (expect for the launches located at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour) The following recreation amenities remain closed as per the provincial government’s first stage of re-opening:
- Public washrooms, Playground equipment, Splash pads
- Beaches, Water fountains, Park benches, Picnic tables, Picnic shelters, Outdoor BBQs
St. Lawrence Park Commission–Historic and outdoor experiences are open. All Parks of the St. Lawrence campgrounds are open.
Cornwall-Recreational paths are open.
Essex County-Trail uses quiet roads often with shoulders. It remains open. Essex Region Conservation manages the Crysler Greenway, sections of which are part of the Trail. Outdoor conservation areas and trails will continue to be open as usual, but indoor facilities such as the John R. Park Homestead will be closed.
Turkey Point Provincial Park–
Haldimand County-Trails and parks are open.
Byng Island Park (4969 Haldimand Rd. 20, Dunnville, ON N1A 2W8. Phone: 905-774-5755) Open with limited services. The swimming pool and concession stands closed for the 2020 season. Please if you see the garbage recep
- Grand River Parks (except Elora Quarry) are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Operating at a reduced capacity, and GRCA is implementing a number of measures to address overcrowding and promote physical distancing. This includes limiting the number of daily visitors. If capacity is reached, our parks will close early.
- gatehouses are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily
- beaches and swimming areas where applicable
- washrooms in day use areas only
Click here for more Covid updates from GRCA.
James N. Allan Provincial Park-Open but washrooms are unavailable. Pack what you need (e.g. water, snacks hand sanitizer). When you visit: practice social distancing, avoid large groups and help keep our parks pristine by using garbage bins or taking trash home.
Selkirk Provincial Park-open, some vault toilets open. Pack what you need (e.g. water, snacks hand sanitizer). When you visit: practice social distancing, avoid large groups and help keep our parks pristine by using garbage bins or taking trash home.
Grey County confirmed that County Trails remain open with the same strong recommendations for physical distancing and no gathering.
Town of Blue Mountains– an interactive map confirming the open/closed status of parks, trails, greenspaces and recreational areas– www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19-openand-closed.cfm. The Town is also in the process of reopening Lions Park and Riverwalk to walkthrough/passage starting on May 5, 2020.
Owen Sound-City Facilities remain closed to the public. City Parks and Trails are open to the public. Recreational amenities within those parks remain closed. Boat launches remain closed.
Grey Sauble Conservation Authority properties are closed to pedestrians and vehicles.
Let’s all do our part to bring an end to COVID-19. Respect the physical distancing rule and stay 2 metres or 6 feet apart and please do not gather in groups.
Stay well, stay home or near to home, and take care of each other. Given how quickly things are changing, please check with the local municipality to confirm trail restrictions and closures.