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22 May

UPDATE #20-17 - Recreational Amenities and Septic Re-Inspection Program

For Immediate Release

Algonquin Highlands, Ontario
Friday May 22, 2020
4:00 pm

Release # 20-17

Subject:  COVID 19 Update - Recreational Amenities, Septic Re-Inspection Program

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 rapidly-evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation and its potential effects on Algonquin Highlands.

The following updates include information on recreational amenities and the 2020 septic re-inspection program.


1.  Recreational Amenities: The provincial announcement of May 14, 2020 allows for some of Algonquin Highlands recreational amenities to open, while others must remain closed. Users must maintain social distancing and adhere to provincially regulated maximum group sizes.


  • Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields:
  • Outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas including:
    • Stanhope Park
    • Elvin Johnson Park
    • Dorset Parkette and;
    • Dorset Lions Park.


  • All outdoor playgrounds, play structures, fitness equipment and beaches. All closed amenities will be signed as such.

For a complete list of what is open and closed in recreation visit

2. 2020 Septic Re-Inspection Program: As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, year three of the septic re-inspection will be a voluntary participation for property owners scheduled to be inspected.

WSP Canada will be issuing notices, to property owners, in the year three areas on or before the end of June 2020. Property owners receiving notices who wish to have their inspection completed are to contact WSP to arrange an inspection date and time. Property owners who do not take part this year in the re-inspection program will be required to have an inspection completed in 2021.

Persons who request an inspection this year and fail to be present, on the date they pre-arranged with WSP, will be charged a No-Show Inspection Fee.


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

2. 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