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!