June 17 modified reopening for Upper Canada Village

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SOUTH DUNDAS – Following the reopening of parks, campgrounds and beaches this past weekend, Upper Canada Village will open with modified outdoor programming on June 17.

Between June 17-30 visitors can take part in a 90-minute outdoor guided walking tours of the village in what the St. Lawrence Parks Commission terms as a “sneak peak” of the season.

Entrance to the historical buildings will not be allowed during the tours and unlike in 2020, the only on-site interpretation will be the walking tour guides.

“As we embark on a new season, the commitment to welcoming guests back safely remains a top priority,” the SLPC said in a release.

Tickets must be booked online through the SLPC website and there are limited time slots for each day.

While The Village opens Thursday, parks and beaches operated by the SLPC opened on June 12.

All beaches at Glengarry Park, Mille Roches and Woodlands Parks, Farran Park, Crysler Park and Brown’s Bay opened for weekend-only use.

The beaches are open from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. until further notice and have physical distancing measures in place to avoid overcrowding.

Many outdoor attractions were allowed to reopen as Ontario entered Step One of its three-step reopening plan following the decline in COVID-19 cases.

No timeline was given on when weekday use of the parks will be allowed.

Unlike programming incentives by Ontario Parks, no free passes or free entrance during the week is being offered at this time. The SLPC is a crown entity under the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader

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