Update on Storm Cleanup at Ontario Parks

August 1, 2006
Ontario Parks reservation service is back to normal

Reservation services are up and operating again at all provincial parks affected by July’s severe storms. Telephone lines were repaired at Algonquin during the weekend, while other provincial parks affected by the outage had their service restored earlier in the week. Campers may now make reservations either by telephone or online for campsites at Algonquin — or at the provincial park of their choice.

Despite severe weather in some parts of the province last month, the number of visits to Ontario Parks remained strong. And the current heat wave is expected to persuade even more people to cool off by visiting an Ontario provincial park.

July 25, 2006
Samuel de Champlain provincial park re-opens

Both campgrounds at Samuel de Champlain will open for business this afternoon. Crews spent a week cleaning up tree limbs and repairing damage from last week’s storm. And while a few campsites may remain closed, the online and telephone reservation service for Samuel de Champlain is operating once again.

There’s still no phone service in parts of Algonquin, and the park remains unable to accept reservations by telephone or online. People may obtain campsites at Algonquin on a first-come, first-served basis by showing up at the park in person.

For the rest of the provincial parks system, it’s business as usual.

July 24, 2006
Samuel de Champlain Park is expected to re-open on Tuesday

Work crews have made excellent progress cleaning up Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park after last week’s storm. Both campgrounds at the park are set to open to the public tomorrow, although a few campsites may remain closed as the clean-up continues.

The road to the Canadian Ecology Centre is clear and work crews continue to remove trees and debris from the park’s main road.

The Canadian Canoe Championship is set to go ahead on Wednesday at 7:00 a.m., from its starting point within Samuel de Champlain park.

All of our provincial parks now have electricity, however there’s still no phone service at Algonquin and Samuel de Champlain. As a result, these two parks remain unable to accept reservations by telephone or online.

July 21, 2006
Online and telephone reservations remain disrupted at a few provincial parks.

The following parks currently are unable to accept reservations by telephone or online, because of problems connecting to the reservations server due to Monday’s storm damage. These parks are: Algonquin (all campgrounds), Driftwood and Samuel de Champlain. However, campers can still book campsites at Algonquin and Driftwood by showing up in person at the park.

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park remains closed until at least Wednesday, July 26th. Ontario Parks is relocating campers who have reservations at the park during this period.

The electricity is back on at Killarney and Bonnechere. However, Restoule and parts of Algonquin still don’t have electrical and/or telephone service. Electricity is expected to be restored at Restoule late tomorrow (Saturday).

Parks staff continue to clear away downed trees and other debris at Finlayson Point, White Lake, Point Farms, Sibbald Point, Six Mile Lake, Grundy Lake, Mikisew, and Driftwood provincial parks.

Some facilities, such as comfort stations, are affected by Hydro outages. However, all provincial parks except Samuel de Champlain are open for business.

July 20, 2006
Electricity and phone services have been restored at Bonnechere Provincial Park.

Crews are still cleaning up at other parks in the Ontario Parks system, in the aftermath of Monday’s severe storms.

A few parks are unavailable for current or future reservations, because of problems connecting to the reservations server. Killarney, Algonquin (all campgrounds), Driftwood and Samuel de Champlain are unavailable for online or telephone reservations at this time. However, campers can book campsites at Killarney, Algonquin and Driftwood by showing up in person at the park.

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park is closed until at least Wednesday, July 26th. Ontario Parks will continue to try to relocate campers who have reservations at the park during this period.

Parks that still do not have electricity/phone service are: Killarney, Restoule and parts of Algonquin. Parks staff continue to clear away downed trees and other debris at Finlayson Point, White Lake, Point Farms, Sibbald Point, Six Mile Lake and Emily provincial parks.

The lack of electricity at some Ontario Parks will affect facilities such as comfort stations. However, all provincial parks except Samuel de Champlain are open for business.

July 19, 2006

Ontario Parks staff are assessing the damage and working on clean-up, in the aftermath of storms that crossed the province earlier this week.

As work goes on to restore utility service in parts of the province hardest hit by the storms, Killarney, Restoule, Mikisew, Bonnechere, and parts of Algonquin still have no electricity or telephone service. These parks are open for business, however the lack of electricity will have an impact on some facilities such as showers.

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park will be closed to the public until at least Friday, July 21st. Ontario Parks is looking for alternate accommodations for people who have reservations at the park during this period.

Parks staff are working to clear away downed trees and other debris at Finlayson Point, White Lake, Point Farms, Sibbald Point, Six Mile Lake and Emily provincial parks. Precautions are being taken to ensure the clean-up is carried out safely.

Link to July 19, 2006 News Release – PDF