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Island Lake still offers outdoor fun but restrictions apply

January 28, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Most indoor activities have been cancelled or restricted around the province, however the great outdoors is still available for all sorts of fun and exercise. 

The Island Lake Conservation Area is open to visitors, however there still are restrictions in place if your are going to visit and you should be aware of rules in the park. 

The lake is frozen over with an adequate amount of ice to allow ice fishing. The lake has seen a lot of activity from winter anglers since conditions made venturing out onto the ice a safe activity. 

If you plan on doing some ice fishing you should be prepared to bring all your own equipment. There are no hut or equipment rentals this year.You must have a valid Ontario fishing license and be prepared to produce it if required. 

If you plan on doing some ice fishing, you must check conditions and areas on the lake before you head out. Some areas on the lake are not considered safe. The park website updates their map showing unsafe areas. 

If being out on the ice is your thing, you can bring your skates and tryout out one of several places that have been cleared for skating. 

There are restrictions as to the number of people allowed on the skating pad at one time so you should be prepared to wait your turn if it’s a busy day. 

The trails are open around the park. You can try hiking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing. 

You will have to bring all your own equipment if you want to get out and enjoy the snow on the trails. Parking is limited so you may have to be prepare for someone else to leave before you can bring your car into one of the parking lots. 

Visitors are asked to limit their group sized to the members of their immediate household as per provincial direction with a maximum of five people per group. You must also wear a mask if you cannot keep two metres apart from other visitors. You should gather in groups or arrange to meet other family, friends or groups – this is to remain in compliance with provincial directives regarding outdoor gatherings. Credit Valley Conservation operates 11 conservation areas in the region, however not all are open this year. 



         

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