MNBP Know Before You Go: Parking, Planning, Bylaw Enforcement

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Media Release

August 21st, 2020 – NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA

BRUCE PENINSULA NATIONAL PARK – ADVISORY TO VISITORS

Bruce Peninsula National Park is experiencing high visitation in 2020. Once parking lots are full, usually by mid-morning each day, there is no access to shoreline, hiking trails or picnic areas in the park. To avoid disappointment, plan in advance and consider visiting this fall.

Plan your trip to the Grotto cave and shoreline area

• Reservations for parking at the Grotto for the remainder of the 2020 season are open.

• Grotto parking has been reduced by 50% to support physical distancing.

• Visitors will not be permitted to climb into the Grotto since physical distancing is not possible.

• Watch for and obey all warning and closure signs.

For more information please visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/bruce

BE SAFE – BE KIND

Everyone should practice good basic hygiene as a preventative measure to protect against the novel coronavirus and other viruses in this cold and flu season.

• wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

• sneeze and cough into your sleeve

• avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

• avoid contact with people who are sick

• clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

• stay home as much as possible

• Wear a mask

LITTLE COVE ROAD – NO FOOT TRAFFIC

There is no foot traffic permitted through Little Cove Road. Once the parking area to Little Cove Beach is at capacity you will be turned away. There is no parking access to the park on Warner Bay Road also. Plan to come to this area early to avoid disappointment.

CAMPING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

Please only camp within designated areas which allow for camping. It is against the law to camp on private property without the property owners’ consent. Please remain on all trails and please take garbage with you.

FIRE PERMITS

A fire permit will be required to hold an outdoor burn. Check the municipal website for permit applications. Please note that fires on municipal property including parks and beaches are not permitted. A bylaw officer will issue a fine of $180.00. NBP is currently at a LOW risk for forest fires. If you are having a BBQ or campfire, a permit is not required. For more information please go to https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires

BYLAW ENFORCEMENT

Bylaw Enforcement Officers are responsible for ensuring that all of our bylaws are being adhered to and investigating complaints appropriately. Currently, we have only three bylaw officers on staff. Their objective is:

• To increase public awareness of the MNBP bylaws that presently exist in neighbourhoods

• Facilitate residents to become more familiar with their responsibilities and rights as property owners

• Achieve compliance with the MNBP bylaws through education

REPORTING A COMPLAINT OR CONCERN

If you believe someone has violated a bylaw, our Bylaw Enforcement Officers will investigate the alleged violation. Whether you call our bylaw line directly at 519-793-2355 ext 235, or email info@northernbruce.ca, we require the following information in order to investigate your concerns/complaints properly:

-Your first and last name, your address, and your phone number.

Anonymous calls or complaints with only partial information will not be investigated. Your information will be kept confidential.

AFTER HOURS AND EMERGENCY

If you need immediate assistance for an emergency, call bylaw at 1-866-750-8219 or the OPP at 911.