2021 Seasonal Campers COVID-19 Update

Stage 2 Reopening – Visitors

Effective June 30, 2021 as we enter Stage 2 of Reopening. Stage 2 allows outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people and indoor gatherings of up to 5 people. Due to this change, we will now permit overnight visitors. All visitors MUST sign-in at the office and abide by the 5 person limit indoors. Laundry, outdoor recreation areas (including the playground) will be open with restrictions. Indoor facilities will remain closed with the exception of the campground store, bathrooms, laundry, where masks must be worn. We wish everyone a very happy and safe camping season!

Stage 1 Reopening – Visitors

Effective June 11, 2021 as we enter Stage 1 of Reopening which allows Overnight / Transient Camping.  Stage 1 allows outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, but does not permit any indoor gatherings.  This includes visitors that are not members of your household in your RV.  We will permit day-use only visitors for this reason and have a bathroom open to accommodate them.  All visitors MUST sign-in at the office, and leave the campground by 11pm.  Laundry, outdoor recreation areas (including the playground) will be open with restrictions. Indoor facilities will be closed with the exception of the campground store, bathrooms, laundry, where masks must be worn.    We wish everyone a very happy and safe weekend!

COVID-19 Update for ALL Campers
June 7, 2021

Pack your cooler and hitch your RV!! After months of uncertainty, we are very excited to announce that Experience Camping Ltd campgrounds will be OPEN FOR TRANSIENT / OVERNIGHT camping (and cabins!) this Friday, June 11!! The Province will be in Stage 1 of Reopening which limits outdoor gatherings to 10 people and limited capacity in our camp stores. We ask that you please fill out our Campers Code of Conduct and Waiver on our APP (http://onelink.to/campon) to speed up the check-in process on arrival. We also remind you to where a mask when in our camping store. We will update you further with more details as they come in!

COVID-19 Update for Seasonal Campers for Bass Lake Park
May 29, 2021

We are happy to announce that the Stay-at-Home Order will expire as planned on June 2, 2021.  This means we will be open to our seasonal campers on June 3, 2021 and the ’14 day/24 hour stay rule’ no longer applies.  Those seasonal campers who have paid in full and signed the necessary forms will be welcomed back into the park.  Please note there is still restrictions under O.Reg. 82/20 which prohibits visitors, transient camping and amenities of the campground to be closed until we reach Stage 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen.  Stage 1 is estimated to start as late as June 14, 2021.  A step in the right direction!  We look forward to camping with you again!  More news to come as we receive it.

COVID-19 Update for Seasonal Campers for Bass Lake Park
May 21, 2021

Dear Campers,

Yet again we have an update to share regarding the opening of our campground. It is my hope and intention to resume camping as normal when legally possible. We work tirelessly to lobby and communicate with our local health units, legal team, the Ontario Private Campground Association, other campgrounds, MPP’s and more to arrive at decisions regarding openings. At this time, we have clear direction that we may not open for recreational camping.

I understand that the weather is nice, and everyone is eager to camp. I also understand that there is many interpretations of the Orders and Regulations that effect camping. Please know, we are doing our homework and will open when the time comes. We desire nothing else. We do not make the rules and will continue to push in all ways we can to open when it is permitted.

As you know the Provincial Government announced the revision of the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020. This Roadmap to Reopen outlines 3 stages that the province will take to unlock the economy. The Roadmap to Reopen will begin on June 14th, 2021, the Stay-at-Home order is scheduled to expire on June 2nd, 2021.

At this time, Camping In Ontario is working to determine what restrictions will exist in the two week window assuming the measures proposed are met. As it stands, the Stay-at-Home order could be extended until the June 14th target date set out by the Ontario Government.

For clarification, campgrounds will be permitted all types of camping for recreational purposes upon entering Stage 1, which could fall as late as June 14th.

As it stands, campground restrictions remain unchanged for the duration of time until the projected June 14th date. Meaning, we are subject to the same Stay-at-Home orders until told otherwise. There will be NO overnight recreational camping until further announced. Those visiting for maintenance for under 24 hours or as a secondary residence for 14 days will continue to be permitted.

Please consult the O. Reg. 265/21 – Stay-at-Home Order as well as O. Reg. 82/20 – Emergency Orders if you require further clarification.

Again, I ask for your patience and trust in this matter as we continue this agonizing fight to open our campgrounds.

Sincerely,

Matt Den Hollander
President/Founder
Experience Camping Ltd.
Director – Ontario Private Campground Association

 

COVID-19 Update for Seasonal Campers for Bass Lake Park
May 6, 2021

Hello Campers,

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding throughout our second Covid opening.  We are pleased to receive more clarity in this regard from the Health Unit.  We may open under the following conditions:

1) Seasonal campgrounds that meet the following conditions:

1.  Campsites must be made available only for trailers and recreational vehicles that,

i.  are used by individuals who are in need of housing, or

ii.  are permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract.

2.  Only campsites with electricity, water service and facilities for sewage disposal may be provided for use.

3.  All recreational facilities in the campground and all other shared facilities in the campground, other than washrooms and showers, must be closed.  (Ours will remain closed)

4.  Other areas of the seasonal campground must be closed to the general public and must only be opened for the purpose of preparing the seasonal campground for reopening.

What does this mean for campers?

The current Stay-At-Home Order (Ontario regulation 265/21) provides individuals who own multi-residences permission to go to their other homes, but only for prescribed reasons and lengths of time. Section 1 (1) number 19 states:

19.  Travelling to another residence of the individual if,

i.  the individual intends to be at the residence for less than 24 hours and is attending for one of the purposes set out in this Order, or

ii.  the individual intends to reside at the residence for at least 14 days.

Purposes set out in the Stay-At-Home Order that permit an owner to be at their residence for less than 24 hours can be found in section 1 (1) number 7, however, any other listed purpose found in the Stay-At-Home Order would suffice.

7.  Obtaining goods, obtaining services, or performing such activities as are necessary for landscaping, gardening and the safe operation, maintenance and sanitation of households, businesses, means of transportation or other places.

For these reasons, we will currently permit campers to visit their sites for less than 24 hours permitted they abide by the rules herein.  ie. actively readying, maintaining their sites and RV’)

In summary, Bass Lake Park will open immediately to Seasonal Campers who:

1.  Comply and abide with the above. Any breach of the rules herein or (new) Code of Conduct will result in immediate removal from the campground.

2. Have a signed 2021 License of Occupation and Campground Rules and sent to the campground before your arrival date.

3.  Sign the new COVID/Campground Code of Conduct, and any additional contracts as deemed necessary.

4.  2021 Seasonal Fees paid in full. This applies to all seasonal campers despite which date you choose to arrive at the campground.

5.  Notify the campground of when they intend to arrive.

It is our hope that seasonal campers who cannot commit to the 14 day or 24 hour conditions will be able to enjoy their sites again immediately after the Stay-At-Home Order.

Please check our webpage or Facebook page for any further announcements.

Looking forward to camping with you again very soon.

Experience Camping Ltd

179629 Grey Road 17
Georgian Bluffs, Ontario
N0H 2T0