The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has notified the Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Selwyn Township that the Burleigh Falls Crown Land area adjacent to the falls will be closed to the public effective immediately.
The tourist area saw a large increase in visitors during the summer months of 2020 and that trend has continued over the past few weekends of May in 2021. Police continue to receive complaints involving liquor consumption, parking violations, littering and Covid-19/social distancing violations. Health and safety concerns are being communicated as public washrooms and hand-washing stations are not available.
The MNRF has declared the area unsafe and it will be closed to the public until further notice. The Peterborough County OPP and Selwyn Township support this decision.
The Peterborough County OPP and the MNRF will be enforcing this closure. Vehicles will be towed and Provincial Offence Notices will be issued to those found in contravention of the closure.
Contact the MNRF Peterborough District Office at 705-755-2001 for more information.