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07 May

UPDATE #20-14 COVID-19 Update on Marina Operations, Council Meetings and the Public Water Tap at the Dorset Tower

For Immediate Release

Algonquin Highlands, Ontario
Thursday, May 7, 2020
3:00 pm

Release # 20-14

Subject:  COVID 19 Update - Update on Marina Operations, Council Meetings and the Public Water Tap at the Dorset Tower.

The Township of Algonquin Highlands remains under a declared State of Emergency.

The Algonquin Highlands Emergency Control Group continues to meet to conduct its assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic situation and its potential effects on Algonquin Highlands.

The following updates include information on marina operations, Council meetings and the public water tap located at the Dorset Tower.


1. The Province of Ontario has advised marinas may begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.  

Please contact your local marina for more information.

2. Council meetings will resume on May 21, 2020 and be held once a month until further notice. Meetings will be held electronically. For dates of upcoming Council Meetings please visit the Township’s Calendar

You can be notified of upcoming Special Meetings of Council by Subscribing to News and Notices or Council Agendas.

3. Due to the continued closure of the Dorset Tower, the public water tap at this location will not be accessible. No annual passes to the Tower will be issued at this time. Additional public water taps within the Township of Algonquin Highlands can be found at:

  • Stanhope Airport (1168 Stanhope Airport Rd.)  
  • Township Office (1123 North Shore Rd.) 

All users are reminded that these are public facilities where extraordinary hygiene protocols are required.


1.  Fire Ban: An MNRF Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) remains in place across the entire fire region of Ontario, including Algonquin Highlands.  This means no open air fires including burning of grass, debris, campfires or fireworks.  Charges and /or fines are being enforced at $485.00 per fire truck, per hour.

2. FAQs: Find out how Township operations have been impacted by COVID-19 on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

3. Other Questions: If you cannot find the answer to your question on the Frequently Asked Questions page you may email your question to or call 705-489-2379 ext. 369 and leave a message with your questions.  Your email or phone call will be returned during normal business hours 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday.  If your phone call or email is an emergency, please call 911.

We thank the public for their understanding as we work toward keeping our community safe and healthy in this uncertain time.

Contact Information:
Jonathan Wilker
Fire Chief/CEMC
Township of Algonquin Highlands
(705) 489-2379 ext. 369
Algonquin Highlands, ON K0M 1J2

Dawn Newhook
Clerk/Emergency Information Officer
Township of Algonquin Highlands
(705 489-2379 ext, 369