07/31/2020 @ 11:05 AM:
Cedar Beach Resort is a PRIVATE PARK
The beach and facilities are not open for daily access to the public. The park is only accessible by residents who own a trailer inside the park. Residents must register their visitors at the office before using any of the amenities, but visitors do not have access to the pools at this time. The rest of Musselman’s lake is surrounded by private residences.
We unfortunately will not be resuming any short-term reservations for camping this year. Restrictions put in place in response to COVID -19 include lowering the capacity of our amenities. We have been hitting these lowered maximum capacities everyday, which would make it impossible to fairly, comfortably, and safely accommodate all of our clients, both seasonal residents and transient visitors. Thank you for your understanding on this!
If you are interested in bringing your trailer in, please contact us to be added to the 2021 waiting list. This includes submitting information to complete an application form. You can call us at (905) 642-1700 or email us at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
FIRE BAN LIFTED!
The fire ban in place for the majority of July has been lifted. Please continue to exercise extreme caution while having a fire. A fire must be monitored by an adult at all times and means to control a fire must be on-hand (ex. water bucket, etc.).
Have a great weekend everyone! Stay safe!
07/22/2020 @ 4:28 PM:
News on entering Stage 3!
York Region has announced that we are set to enter stage 3 as of Friday July 24th! We have come so far together and it’s a relief to see the progress we have made. Following the restrictions is proving to be effective, so let’s continue doing our part. Thank you everyone and enjoy the rest of the week!
Here are some details about this next stage of opening:
– outdoor social gatherings are permitted (up to 100), but a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) is still required
– masks are still required in all indoor public spaces (washrooms, trailer sales appointments, etc.)
– the hot tub at Woodside pool will be opening, pending the inspection scheduled for tomorrow with York Public Health
– the laundry facilities at Merry Run will open
– the new laundry facilities at Hilltop and Eastdale are soon to follow
– in the washrooms, every other shower will be open for use, but we encourage you to continue to use the facilities in your trailer when possible
FIRE BAN IS STILL IN EFFECT
As of July 22nd, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has not lifted the fire ban. All open-air burning is suspended, including chimineas and wood-burning fire pits. Exceptions to the ban are gas/propane fueled appliances. We will make a post on Facebook as soon as the ban has been lifted.
06/19/2020 8:52 AM:
Good morning Cedar Beach! We have good news: the pool is going to be OPEN today, Friday June 19th!!! This does come with a few new policies in place so read the following carefully. Kyle spoke to York Region Health countless times and spent hours clarifying and negotiating policies regarding the pools in the park. The conclusion is that the pools will operate at half capacity. This is conditional based on how well everyone can follow our policies, so we ask that you please follow this rules. If people begin pushing the boundaries, the set capacities will be lowered by a lot (we’re talking 30% capacity, which is no bueno).
In regards to visitors, we will begin to allow daily visitors on Friday as well. Unfortunately, to better accommodate the new policies in place for the pool, no daily visitors will be allowed pool access at this time. Season pass holders will have access, as long as you have picked up your wristbands from the office.
Policies for the swimming pools:
– you MUST have your wristbands to enter the pool deck (we have new lifeguards this year and they will not know you, no matter how long you have been in the park)
– every two hours, the pool will be cleared out for the next session of swimmers (this is to ensure everyone has a fair chance to swim)
– when the lifeguard clears the pool after each two hour session, you are to exit the pool regardless of when you entered
– you can circle the pool and rejoin the back of the line to re-enter the pool
– any patrons not following new policies and/or not respecting instructions of the lifeguard will be asked to leave immediately
9 AM – 11 AM session 1
11 AM – 1 PM session 2
closed for lunch break
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM session 3
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM session 4
closed for dinner break
6 PM – 8:30 PM session 5
10 AM – 12 PM session 1
12 PM – 2 PM session 2
closed for lunch break
2:20 PM – 4:30 PM session 3
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM session 4
closed for dinner break
7 PM – 8:30 PM session 5
– both pools are open starting Friday per hours posted above (weather dependent, as usual)
– the splash pad will be open, as soon as the motor is returned after being repaired (ETA is two weeks)
– the hot tub will remain closed for the time being per York Region Health, but we are anticipating opening it once in stage 3
As you may have heard, we have decided to close down the tent sites for the remainder of the summer. We are also limiting reservations on the short-stay trailer sites as well. This is all done to help control the number of people in the park. We will follow up soon with more information on bathrooms and laundry.
We are working closely with York Region Health to ensure we are acting safety, but doing our best to be sure you all can enjoy the rest of the summer. This weekend is going to be a hot one!
06/15/2020 1:31 AM:
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for sticking with us and being patient as we navigate these unprecedented times. As we are preparing to soon return to some form of normal, it’s hard to believe everything that has transpired in the last month.
If you are following the news, you may have seen that the government is starting to announce openings in phases. Phase 2 is to commence on Friday June 12th. Unfortunately, York Region is not included in this and we are to remain closed for the time being. We do anticipate that we will be able to begin opening soon. Please read on for more details.
Starting Friday June 12th, we are giving out season pass wristbands! We have decided to try moving away from the season pass photo-cards. Instead, stop by the office and collect your 2020 wristbands. These wristbands let us know you are a registered resident and they are to be worn to access the pool and participate in other activities. As always, your season fee includes 2 adult and 2 child passes. You can purchase additional season passes and will be given wristbands to represent these passes.
Transient stays are still under review
In an effort to reduce number of people circulating the park, we have made the difficult decision to continue with the suspension of short-say reservations. The transient trailer sites on Maple Lane and Merry Run have been converted to single-season sites where people will be allowed to stay from now until October 31st. We are reviewing the possibility to allow long-term transient stays, but we will continue to monitor numbers in the park keep everyone posted on this.
We are still required to limit park access to residents and season pass holders. As previously mentioned, we are not included in Phase 2 and therefore are not permitted to open up just yet. We anticipate this to be changing soon, so we will keep you posted.
Washrooms, laundry rooms, and playgrounds are still closed and are to be avoided until we are given the approval for opening.
The swimming pools are still awaiting inspection by the regional health board. Not only that, but they have not yet announced further regulations from the regional health board in terms of how the pool will operate in response to COVID-19. We are working to have everything ready to go for the moment we are allowed to open the pools.
We are accepting applications for the 2020 season!
In lieu of suspending transient/short-stay reservations, we have decided to open up your favourite sites on Male Lane and Merry Run for a single-season rental! We still have a handful of sites available for now to October 31st.
If you might be interested, send us an email for more information!
05/27/2020 11:59 AM:
Here is some clarification on some of the common inquires we have been getting.
Social activities are suspended, which includes horseshoe competitions and other social games that result in large gatherings. You are permitted to do these activities with your family. Playground and bathrooms are going to remain closed for now. We are hoping to open the laundry facilities soon. Pools are being prepared for their inspection from York Regional Health so that they will be ready to open at a moment’s notice!
The beach is open and the water is crystal clear! We are not doing boat rentals right now because there is no way for us to decontaminate after each user, but we encourage you to take advantage of this beautiful weather. As always, residents are welcome to bring their own kayaks down to the water, as long as you are able to carry it down the stairs to the water. All beaches in York Region are currently posted for high bacteria because they are not doing any testing (apparently, they don’t have a “we aren’t testing due to COVID-19” sign).
There are still no daily visitors welcomed into the park. If someone is on your 2020 License of Occupation and possesses a season pass, they are allowed to be in the park.
We are still accepting applications for seasonal sites. We also have several sites available for a one-year lease (now-October 31st). The rate for the one-year sites includes lawn maintenance and hydro.
Update on Transient and Camping
We have made the very difficult decision to suspend all short-stay reservations for the remainder of the season. This was not an easy choice to make, but with continued uncertainty and increased regulations, we have determined this to be the safest and most fair way to proceed. If you have a booking with us, we will be cancelling your reservation and issuing you a full refund. As previously mentioned, we are still accepting seasonal applications, even for a one-year site.
Thank you and stay safe!
05/15/2020 1:17 PM:
Good afternoon everyone. Based on the announcement from the Ontario Government this afternoon we have the all clear to open as of this Saturday May 16th!!!!! You can come up to your trailer and catch up on all the yard work and cleaning you have been yearning for! It’s important to note this comes with some conditions, so please read the following carefully.
• The washroom buildings and laundry facilities will be closed until further notice. Please use the washrooms in your trailers. The playgrounds and all other public areas are closed as well.
• The office is also closed for access and we will continue to operate through the window from 9 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week.
• All transient reservations on Maple Lane, Merry Run, and the tent sections continue to be suspended until June 1st. Reservations can be made anytime online for arrival dates June 1st and beyond.
• The opening of the parks pertains to guests with current seasonal contracts only, which means that for now we have to hold off on trailer sales appointments and visitors looking to bring in their trailers. We are still accepting site applications from those who would like to join us here, but the application process has been paused. We will contact everyone who has applied once we are allowed to have you visit the park.
• The conditions for opening extend to limitations on visitors as well. Unfortunately, you are not to have any guests this weekend. Please only our registered seasonal clients until further notice! There will be plenty of time for grilling and catching up when it is safe.
Please remember that it is vital you all practice social distancing. We have made it so far through this pandemic and we absolutely do not want an outbreak in the park to set us back again! We know that everyone will want to socialize and catch up with your neighbours, but you must be careful!
Stay safe everyone and we will see you soon!
05/06/2020 2:56 PM:
Hi Everyone! I am sorry that it’s been so long since our last update, but we have been expecting a solid timeline.
On Monday, May 4th I spoke with York Region public health. I called in really just to touch base and “get the temperature” of how things were looking; the conversation was positive and upbeat. The Public Health department is looking at pool inspections for pool openings, meaning that it looks like the pools will be able to open. Of course, I didn’t get into timelines, but I didn’t get the impression that it would be significantly delayed. This is great news!
In Alberta last week seasonal trailer parks were included in the 1st phase of opening. Although this doesn’t affect us directly, I am hopeful that this is a good sign for us going forward.
We have been eagerly awaiting the announcement today from the Ontario government, but unfortunately, there was no timeline provided.
Today, Premier Ford extended the Emergency Order Act until Tuesday, May 19th. This means that the current measures remain in place for now.
At the same time, he also announced that nurseries, hardware stores and some other retail is allowed to open. I am still hopeful that we are going to hear good news soon, but as of right now, I am not able to give anyone a hard date for when they can use their trailer as they normally would.
We are continuing to work the phones, and we are in touch with all of the agencies responsible for our opening. I believe that we can conduct ourselves in a way to limit the risk and we are getting that message out loud and clear.
Stay tuned. We are hopeful for good news very soon.
The staff are continuing to work every day at getting the park ready. We are moving lot by lot and cleaning up all of the leaves so that when you can return, it is ready for you.
The bathroom renovations on Forest Lane and Hilltop have been completed and are looking incredible!
This upcoming weekend the weather is a mess! Apparently, Mother Nature thought it would be fun to throw in a polar vortex in the mix! Saturday is calling for a high of 5 degrees with SNOW and rain if you can believe it! On Monday, May 11th they are calling for a low of -6!!!
Camping in the short stay tent and trailer sections remains suspended until June 1st.
There is some good news……to date we have not seen the murder hornet around the park!
The office continues to be open daily from 9 AM – 5 PM, operating through the window.
Morgan and I will continue to work the phones and we will continue to be transparent as we get new information.
Kyle and Morgan
05/01/2020 11:28 AM:
With this weekend bringing some warmer weather, we want to remind everyone that the state of emergency is still in effect. We understand that you want to come to the park and get your trailers open, but we are asking that you help us respect the government regulations currently in place. We are expecting bylaw to be popping in to ensure that everyone in the park is here with essential reasoning. Once again, we cannot protect you from the hefty citations they could be handing out.
We are fighting as an industry for the right to access our vacation properties and we need your help! Please be on your best behaviour and there will be time to hang out with friends and neighbours soon.
The government is telling us that the outbreak has peaked in Ontario and hopefully we will be on the decline very soon if we continue to work together and follow the boundaries they set. There’s still lots of time to make this season a good one, it sure will be memorable!
Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!
04/19/2020 11:48 AM:
As many of you may already know the Ontario Government recently extended the declaration of emergency until May 12th. Although we are getting conflicting information from our legal team and MPP’s, it does look like we will remain closed until May 12th, pending further updates. We have been in constant contact with all levels of government and are doing our absolute best to fight for both our customers and our industry. This newsletter linked below addresses the most recent announcements and current changes to park policy. Please read on for information pertaining to snowbirds, season fees, reservations for short-stay campers, and how we are handling the what-ifs.
04/015/2020 2:42 PM:
Due to the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have suspended use of the park for short-stay campers for the month of May. We will be cancelling and fully refunding all reservations that take place during this closure. Please await an email confirmation and a phone call to confirm you are aware of the situation. We are sincerely sorry for this change of plans. Short-stay camping is set to resume June 1st 2020. Please bear with us as we take precautionary measures to ensure the safety and comfort of our customers. We thank you for your understanding and hope you can book with us soon at Cedar Beach!
For our seasonal residents, please await further updates.
04/09/2020 6:21 PM:
Happy Easter Everyone!
Morgan and I want to take this time to wish everyone a safe and Happy Easter, I am sure it is one we will never forget!
We have had a busy week working the phones and nothing has changed from our previous update. Please stay home, do not come to the park to “visit” your trailer and get some yard work done. The park remains restricted access only as previously laid out. If you missed our last update it was posted on April 4th and it remains relevant.
Yesterday, both York Regional Police and the Town of Stouffville bylaw were in the park patrolling, looking for people who are in the park for the wrong reasons. I completely understand that it seems harmless to drive up, stay to yourself and take some time to clean up your site, however we are still under a provincial State of Emergency, with a Quarantine Act in place until April 18th. Please do not push your luck, I can’t protect you from getting a ticket if you are not supposed to be here.
These are incredible times that we are experiencing and we will continue to keep everyone updated as we get more information. We are in daily contact with the Town of Stouffville and York Region Public Health to be sure we navigate these waters safely.
The current mandate remains in place until April 18th. Once we see what happens on the 18th, we will adapt as we need to. Morgan and I are taking this day by day and, in some cases, it’s hour by hour.
There is no point right now in us putting out a variety of projections in an attempt to cover off every “what if” scenario. It is still early in the season, and we don’t have enough information to make any kind of an informed decision. Please stay patient with us.
These restrictions are not solely affecting the trailer industry, cottagers throughout the entire Muskoka and Kawartha Lake region are being told not to come up to their cottage as well. The bottom line is that the government wants you locked in your house and they are getting frustrated with people who refuse to listen or think that they are exempt.
Stay Safe everyone! I promise when all of this clears up, the park will be here for you.
Have a safe weekend.
– Kyle and Morgan Jenkin
04/04/2020 11:37 AM:
Yesterday the Ontario Government extended the list of business closures. We have been on the phone since that announcement trying to get clarification on where we stand.
For the period of April 4th – April 18th:
Cedar Beach Resort will remain OPEN and ACCESSIBLE to anyone who is using their trailer as a seasonal residence. If your trailer is your home, then you are allowed to stay. If you are returning from abroad, we are open.
In light of the current pandemic, we have also been asked to make our overnight sites accessible to anyone who is returning from the US and finds themselves without a place to go. Let me be clear, the intention of this is to give people a safe place to park their motorhome, this does not mean its time to go camping.
If you find yourself in this position, you can call, 905-642-1700 ext 140 and ask for Morgan.
If you have a trailer with us and you use it as a vacation property, until April 18th, please stay home. Your vacation home will be here when this is all over. There is nothing open (all communal areas are closed) and we all have to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.
All of our staff have been asked to remain home, to keep them safe. Morgan and I will be covering off the necessary jobs to keep the place open and functioning for you.
We will continue to open the roads and water as soon as we can, but that is up to mother nature, not COVID…
Please know that Morgan and I are doing everything we can to manage the park through this crisis. We have been here since 1929 and we are not going anywhere! Summer is still months away and with a little luck, we will be sitting around a campfire enjoying an adult beverage in no time.
Stay safe, stay home and remember, the virus doesn’t have legs, it’s a hitchhiker and together we can shut this thing down.
Kyle and Morgan Jenkin
04/02/2020 @ 2:18 PM:
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Just some updates since the last newsletter went out:
The park is open for current residents to access their trailers, though we are still encouraging that only necessary traffic be coming into the park. If you are currently at your residence, please stay there for now. Also, the application process and trailer sales have been put on pause for the time being.
Water is not yet on and the roads in the park are still closed, but we are hoping to have these running in the next two weeks if the weather stays mild. Playgrounds and bathrooms (including the one in the office) are remaining closed for now.
A reminder that if you are coming into the country, you are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days. Please head straight to your trailer. We look forward to catching up with you, but at a later date!
We are beginning to bill the season fee, so expect it in your email over the next couple days. The office is operating through the window if you would like information or if you would like to pay your fees. The season fee deadline has been extended to May 15th without penalty, so you have plenty of time to mail in a cheque. We understand that some families might be under financial strain, so please reach out to us if you need to discuss a payment plan.
We are starting to get some inquiries on how all of this will affect your season, fees, amenities, and camping and we are not able to answer these yet. We are awaiting the government’s decision on what the next few months look like for us. There is new headlines and information coming out daily, which we need to review before giving a definitive answer. We will keep you all informed as we have more information.
03/27/2020 @ 3:40 PM:
Due to the spread of COVID-19 and government recommendations to stay home, we are encouraging everyone to be safe and stay in your primary residence. If, for the purpose of isolation as you return to Canada, you need to use your trailer as a residence, you will be allowed starting April 1st. There are a lot of scenarios around this and we leave it up to your good judgement as to what is best for you and your family. If you are safely “sheltering in place” as required, we ask that you remain where you are in accordance with the current mandate.
To this point, we are not showing trailers, booking new seasonal guests or allowing visitors. We will not be processing any new seasonal customer requests until after the current restrictions are removed. We are still holding onto pending applications, but the application process will be paused for the time being.
The office will be operating, but closed for access (including the bathroom). All transactions will be done in a manner that optimizes everyone’s safety. Reminder about common areas: bathroom buildings will remain closed and playgrounds are to be avoided for the time being. As usual for the spring, the roads are not open and we are working to get the water on as soon as possible.
We are taking these measures to ensure the safety of everyone in the park and we hope for everything to go back to normal soon.
We will have more updates as they come from the government, but we encourage everyone to stay put until April 8th.
Stay safe and we hope to see everyone soon!