Some Southwestern Ontario provincial parks are anticipating more visitors than usual this winter, as the second wave of COVID-19 turns them into natural havens for people weary of lockdown cabin fever and with few indoor options for recreation open.
Officials at Pinery Provincial Park report a “slight increase” in both day use and overnight camping so far this winter compared to previous years.
“There have been more people for sure, but nothing too crazy,” said Megan Loucks, the Pinery’s discovery leader. “We definitely have a lot of people who are still just coming in for hiking and day use and to get outside.”
But the lack of snow has put a damper on many winter activities typically offered at the park, such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing and skating.
Loucks said there are only about five centimetres of snow at the park, which has closed their ski and toboggan hills.