COVID-19 Updates: Wye Marsh's Reopening

Page Updated: September 16, 2020

Wye Marsh is excited to announce that we will be re-opening the Visitor, Trail System, and Birds of Prey Field on September 16, 2020. 

Trail System and Birds of Prey Field will be open 9:00am - 4:30pm daily. 
Visitor Centre will be open from 9:00am - 5:00pm daily. 
 
Canoe tours, Birds of Prey Demonstrations and other programming will remain suspended at this time. 
 
While visitng, please keep the following in mind:
  • Please check-in at the Visitor Centre to access the trails. Per requirements of the County of Simcoe, masks are required in the Visitor Centre at all times. 
  • Birds of Prey Field is open daily from 9:00am-4:30pm.
  • The trail system closes at 4:30pm, we ask that all visitors return to the Centre before that time. Gates will lock at 5:00pm. 
  • Be mindful of wildlife who have become accustomed to the trails and boardwalks being unused by humans. Please give them space and do not attempt to approach or feed them, especially on the boardwalk.
  • Please respect social distancing guidelines while in the Visitor Centre, in the Birds of Prey Field, and on the trails, especially at intersections and narrow sections.
  • Please click here for digital copies of our maps.
  • Unless otherwise noted, expect two way traffic on trails, and use at your own risk.
  • There is access to washrooms in the Visitor Centre.
  • If the parking lot is full, we respectfully ask that you visit again at another time, please do not park on the road.

Memberships to Wye Marsh will be extended to account for time that the facility was closed according to the following:

  • Winter Memberships expired on April 30, 2020 will be extended to July 31, 2020
  • Annual memberships that expired between March 17 and May  1, 2020 will be extended 2 months from date of expiry
  • Annual memberships that expire(d) between May 2, 2020 and March 16, 2021 will be extended 3 months from date of expiry

We are very pleased to be welcoming everyone back into the Centre.  Like all businesses that are accessible to the public we are asking that visitors wear a face mask and practice social distancing.  Signage has been placed around the Centre to assist visitors, but please speak to staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Access to the Centre will be restricted to 25 people at a time so there may be instances when we ask you to wait until you enter the building.  We currently have limited staff, but we will work as quickly as possible to get you into the building. 
 
The temporary washrooms will remain in the parking lot until the end of September.  The washrooms in the Centre will be open, but we ask that you restrict your access to two non-family members or one family at a time. 
 
We know everyone will be excited to see Sonic the Snapping Turtle and Buddy the Blandings Turtle and all their turtle and snake friends in the Display Hall.  Please note that to exit the Display Hall you will be required to leave via the blue doors, which will take you onto the balcony which leads to the back door.  This is to assist with lessening congestion in the main hall. 
 

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support.
We are very excited to welcome you all back to Wye Marsh - see you soon!


 

For all accounting inquiries please contact accounting@wyemarsh.com or tgriffiths@wyemarsh.com

For all program inquires please contact education@wyemarsh.com

For all facilities inquiries please contact pbeauchamp@wyemarsh.com

For animal care inquires please contact animalcare@wyemarsh.com

Please note there will be a delay in responding to messages left at the main switchboard.

Please check the website or our social media pages for updates, we will work on keeping them as current as possible.


Trail Maps


At Home Activties/ Resources

Click for a list of activities and resources that you and your family can utilize to stay connect to nature while social distancing!