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Despite the pandemic, we have been very blessed with the weather this season and we actually have a few ideas for you to enjoy even more the outdoors and our local products, all while respecting social distancing measures : picnics! Whether it's with family, friends or with a partner, here are the best places to have a picnic in Prescott-Russell.
The “Île du Chenail” is without a doubt a must-see. Located beside the Ottawa River, you will find a magnificent landscape, tables set up for visitors, free parking and the Recycl’art outdoor exhibition just next door to the Le Chenail Cultural Center.
If you venture a little farther east of our region, L'Artisan Farm offers you the picnic experience for this weekend only in their gorgeous orchards. Hurry up and make your reservation!
Combine hiking and picnicking for an awesome day at the Voyageur Provincial Park in Chute-à-Blondeau. Daily admissions are possible, or you can even camp there for the night. The park has a maximum number of people who are allowed per day on the site. We therefore invite you to visit their Facebook page before you travel to make sure that the maximum number has not been reached. Have a good hike!
Jessup Falls Park: the magical landscape of fishermen. Accessible via Highway 17, between Alfred and Rockland, you will find lots of greenery, tables, accessible toilets, free parking and even a little corner just for fishing. Also take this opportunity to stop at the Café sur la Rive to enhance your picnic experience.
With an impressive view once again of the Ottawa River, the Parc du Moulin in Rockland is definitely worth the detour. Easy to reach from Highway 17, this beautiful and peaceful place is the perfect stop to enjoy a moment of relaxation with splendid sceneries.
Nonetheless, let us know when you are stopping by for a visit by using our fav hashtag #SavourTheOutdoors on our social media pages. Have a good trip and enjoy your picnic!
You are interested in visiting our beautiful region in the coming weeks or for a vacation this summer? Here is some information that might be useful to you.
I don't live in Prescott-Russell, can I still visit?
Yes, you can come and visit us!
Please note that traveling between provinces is not prohibited, but not recommended. Furthermore, if you are an Ontario resident, it is not forbidden for you to come and visit our region. However, we recommend that tourists do so with caution and take the necessary precautions to minimize the transmission of the virus.
I want to go camping. Are the campsites open?
Our campsites opened on May 16 for seasonal campers. On June 12, private campsites and provincial parks received government authorization to open their doors to all campers.
Some campsites however decided to keep all public places closed, such as swimming pools, beaches, public toilets, children's playgrounds, etc. Make sure to get informed on all the details related to your stay before your departure and prior to making your reservations.
I am passionate about golf. Can I come and play in Prescott-Russell?
Yes, with certain safety measures.
Golfers must reserve in advance and cannot arrive more than 30 minutes before their game. Groups must be maximum 4 people and a distance of 2 meters must be kept at all times between the participants.
I wish to visit friends and family who live in Prescott-Russell, is it possible?
Yes, you can visit them.
The Ontario government recently announced that as of July 17, the limit for indoor gatherings is increased to a maximum of 50 people and the limit for outdoor gatherings is increased to a maximum of 100 people as long as the social distancing is respected.
I plan to travel in the Prescott-Russell area. Will the restaurants be open?
Yes, as of June 12 but patios only.
Between a nice cold beer or the delicious taste of local food, people will be able to enjoy these on patios everywhere in Prescott-Russell. Since March, several restaurants have implemented delivery and take-out services and they are now serving food on their patios. Seasonal restaurants are actively working to adjust features to accommodate people during this pandemic.
Establishments must take appropriate measures to ensure a distance of at least two meters between customers of different tables, unless these are separated by plexiglass barriers or other impermeable barriers.
As of September 25, restaurants can no longer serve alcohol after 11 a.m. Restaurants and nightclubs must close at midnight and be closed until 5 a.m. the next morning The limits for private unsupervised social gatherings anywhere in Ontario are maintained at a maximum of 10 people at an indoor event or gathering or 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering.
I would like to visit Voyageur Provincial Park. Is it possible?
Access to the beaches was allowed on June 12, after the maintenance and water testing was completed. As of June 15, campers already registered with the Ontario Parks Seasonal Camping Program have had access to their campsites in the majority of participating parks.
Beginning on June 22, they will gradually begin to open campgrounds and other facilities, including access to restrooms, clean water and sanitary facilities for trailers. The rest of the backcountry camping will also be available in all provincial parks and conservation reserves.
Plans are in motion to eventually open-roofed accommodation, park stores, rental services, visitor centers, playgrounds as well as sports and recreational grounds. Facilities such as showers, laundries, group campsites, rental picnic shelters and swimming pools will remain closed for the season.
I want to visit Prescott-Russell this summer. Will attractions and activities be open?
Yes, most of them.
After the announcements of the Ontario government last week on June 12, most tourist attractions will be able to open their doors to tourists. Here is the list of tourist attractions that are currently open in the Prescott-Russell region : zoos, art galleries, vineyards, gardens, mini-golf, artisanal products, agricultural farms, provincial parks and outdoor activities.
The Larose Forest has been open to the public since May 16. Hiking trails, as well as mountain bike, motocross and horseback riding trails are open. For the moment, the trails are only accessible from parking lots P1 and P7 (Limoges sector). Please make sure to verify all information when planning your next visit.
Indoor pools, outdoor pools and public beaches were also allowed to open on June 12. Water parks, wave pools and water slides have not yet been authorized to open. Some companies could unfortunately decide to close their doors for the season or to reduce their services in order to ensure that sanitary measures are followed. We strongly recommend that you contact the company in question before traveling to your destination.
I would like to use the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail. Is it open now?
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell announced the reopening of the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail parking lots as of Friday, May 22. We ask people who want to use it to respect the health guidelines regarding the physical distance required.
Is the Popsilo circuit open?
The circuit has been open since July 3. It is also important to follow sanitary measures : keep a distance of 2 meters and to disinfect your hands.
We also recommend that you visit the Popsilo website to determine the hours of operation for each silo. If the business is not open, you can still make the trip and look at the silos from your car.
I want to visit Prescott-Russell this summer. Do I have to make reservations?
Yes, reservations are highly recommended.
In the current context, we recommend that you make reservations before traveling. Whether for a specific activity, dining at a restaurant or for sleeping accommodation, it is best to make a reservation.
I would like to come to Prescott-Russell, but I don't have a car. Are there any other means of transportation available?
Yes, but with certain precautions.
Travelers can rent buses from 417 Bus Line LTD., but all measures issued by public health must be respected. In the bus, people have to keep a distance of 2 meters at all times.
The PR Transpo public transportation service is now active with sanitary measures in place.
You have more questions? Do not hesitate to contact us by phone at 1.800.361.7439 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to answer you during our business days from Monday to Friday. See you soon!
Published: June 25, 2019
Come for a splash at the Ottawa River Festival, from June 28 to 30, in Rockland, Du Moulin Park.The program offers a great variety and is sure to include everyone in a dynamic atmosphere: movies under the stars, beer garden, Kids Fun Zone that includes Inflatable Structures and face painting, Artists’ Association Art Exhibit, Professional Water Sports Stunt Shows that includes wakeboarding, Fire and Ice Comedy Science Show, Edge Water Car Show, try a paddle boat or a kayak, and finally a Dr. Bone Kids Show.
Click on the following images to learn more about the activities.
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