May 14, 2020
We are open at 12:01 AM Saturday, May 16th.
Today the Provincial and Municipal governments have granted permission to open up our campground effective Saturday, May 16th.
Staff is now diligently working to ensure that electricity and water are operational.
The full-time residents, snowbirds and Shane Patton have been working around each campsite – everyone’s lot has been given some care. Sticks picked up, leaves raked and grass cut. It may not be to the standards of each lot leaseholder, but I hope you take time to say thanks for caring for our community.
All seasonal residents who have a lot lease at Wesley Acres will be permitted to come directly to their trailer under the following conditions:
For the safety of our community if you are exhibiting symptoms or have had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19, please stay home;
If you develop any symptoms, please return to your primary residence to recover and/or seek medical help;
Immediate family members and/or household residents of the lot leaseholder(s) are permitted in their trailer;
Social distancing of 6 ft must be maintained at all times;
You are encouraged to resist the temptation to meet in each other’s trailers, as social distancing cannot be achieved;
Continue to wash or sanitize hands regularly;
All public buildings including accommodations, play structures and washrooms will remain locked and closed;
All seasonal residents are encouraged to buy groceries and supplies before they come to the camp so not to overburden the local stores whose shelves are not yet full and stores are small, so distancing practices are challenging;
There will be no food services. The dining hall, Smitty’s and Tuck shop will be closed.
Staff will only be available via phone as the Welcome Centre has not been prepared for guest interactions.
Wannett (613) 967-9134 (not on-site)
Carol (613) 661-8102 (on-site)
There will be no church service on Sunday.
Wesley Acres staff are not permitted to perform work orders with your trailers.
May 11, 2020
All campgrounds in the Province have been ordered to close until June 2nd at the earliest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are asking that you please do your part to help flatten the curve by staying home. Please do not drive to the campground for any reason, you are not permitted on the grounds. We will welcome you once the Province allows up to open.
Harbour Ridge Kids and Teen Camps have been cancelled for the 2020 season due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Summer at the Acres programming for the 2020 season has been suspended.
April 21st, 2020
So many have asked...Can I come and get something out of the shed? Can I come and check the leak in my trailer? Can I come and do some spring yard clean up? Can I just come and...? After once again checking, today, with the Chief Building Official for the Corporation of the County of Prince Edward, the answer is an emphatic ‘NO’. Other counties may be treating this differently, but our property is in beautiful Prince Edward County and these are our officials.
As a Christian organization, we need to respect our government, health officials, Ministry and Park boards. We should be setting the example on this, not trying to define something that does not conform with “Do not come – we are closed” as part of the Declaration of emergency issued by the Ontario government.
We are a non-essential service. We are not a grocery store or a pharmacy or a medical appointment, so coming to the trailer park for any reason is NOT a reason to travel and is NOT permittted.
Please, stay home. Stay safe.
April 9th, 2020
NOTICE: County enforcing closure of all outdoor recreational amenities
Municipal by-law enforcement is working to ensure the public complies with the provincial-wide emergency order closing all outdoor recreational amenities.
The fine for failing to comply with the provincial order is $750. Failing to give the by-law enforcement officer your name is considered obstruction and carries a fine of $1,000.
The province on March 30 issued an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities. This includes but is not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, benches, skateboard parks picnic areas, and beaches.
Green spaces that you can walk through such as trails, shoreline, and boardwalk areas remain open for walkthrough access provided that individuals maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others.
The County has posted signs and barricaded where possible all outdoor recreational amenities. Walking along the Millennium Trail and the waterfront at the Wellington Beach is permitted but congregating on the beach is not allowed and fines will be issued.
County by-law enforcement officers will be monitoring all recreational facilities to ensure compliance with the order. They will also be enforcing the order limiting public gatherings to fewer than five people.
Up to date information on the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on the County website: www.thecounty.ca/county-residents/covid-19.
April 6th, 2020
The Government of Ontario and Prince Edward County have closed our campground! Seasonal trailer parks and recreational campgrounds are not listed as essential businesses and, as such, were required to be closed as of 11:59 p.m. on April 4, 2020.
The people who use Wesley Acres as their primary residence may stay here, while the remainder of the park is closed to the general public. If you have a residence elsewhere in Ontario, you will not be permitted to stay in the campground. If any resident is returning directly to Wesley Acres, they are required to obey the mandatory 14 day quarantine upon arrival under the Quarantine Act, which took effect on March 25, 2020.
The County of Prince Edward will begin enforcing this provincial order, and so we have been asked to inform people connected to Wesley Acres about this provincial order.
Wesley Acres was asked to email The County of Prince Edward all names of staff and residents for whom Wesley Acres is their only residence.
No end date has been provided, so we will provide another email and update our this page when this legislation changes.
We continue to pray that we will all be able to enjoy Wesley Acres again very soon.
April 1st, 2020
Our government has listed ‘trailer parks’ as non-essential business.
Non-essential businesses are defined as those businesses that people frequent for pleasure, like gyms, bars, restaurants, movie theatres, museums, and concert halls, among others. Many non-essential businesses are hubs of social interaction, making the effects of the coronavirus sting all the more detrimental for the masses who are effectively practising social distancing.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (https://hpepublichealth.ca/the-novel-coronavirus-2019ncov/) has specifically referenced Trailer parks as non-essential.
So, during this time, we would request that people not visit the trailer park as we support our health and government officials.
March 31st, 2020
We continue to monitor and listen to our government and health officials as we adjust and keep planning our summer program.
At this time, we are planning and praying for a normal summer camping season. However, we are also considering and planning for a number of other scenarios, as the health and safety of both campers, guests/residents and staff is of utmost importance and recognize that we may need to change course quickly as and if needed.
Group rentals and all Sunday services from May 17 to June 21 have been cancelled.
Men’s Fish ‘n’ Chips retreat on May 29/30 has been cancelled.
Behind the scenes, we continue to plan for a full summer of activities.
Work continues on the new Mapledene Motel suite.
We are imagining how Summer at the Acres may look this summer.
We are investigating new alternatives for our Harbour Ridge camps + BLAST programs.
At this point, we have not cancelled anything beyond June 21. We think that April may bring many things to light regarding what summer may look like. We recognize that government direction could overrule our timeline at any point and we would respond appropriately, respecting their authority.
We recognize that Wesley Acres is such an important part of so many people’s summer plans. While we are currently ‘physical distancing’, we believe this summer would be a wonderful opportunity to RENEW and connect again with families in our faith community.
As you can imagine, camp has bills to pay even if summer looks different. We would ask you to prayerfully consider your continued financial support of Wesley Acres over this unique period in our history. We are so grateful for the many donors that make the ministry of Wesley Acres possible and want to thank each of you for your support.
March 30th, 2020
There is something in the air and it is more than spring!
We are trying to keep our staff, leaseholders and community healthy and safe.
We hope to turn on the utilities in early May, as planned, unless our health or government officials determine that is not advisable. If we do open up in May, we will have to continue to practice physical distancing and stay around our own trailers.
Many leaseholders are already coming up to check trailers and perhaps just want a change of scenery. However, we want to advise you of the following:
All public spaces (including washrooms, all buildings, short term camping areas, tennis court and play areas) remain closed or locked.
The office is closed.
Staff come and go but are adhering to physical distancing, even as we define when and where they are working.
There is currently a total fire ban on in Prince Edward County so emergency crews can concentrate on priority fires – NO FIRES please.
We would ask that if you are unwell, stay home. We don’t want to expose our close community to others, if the virus arrives with a guest.
Wesley Acres is a community we all love. We enjoy reconnecting with people on the boat, on our decks, at the beach, at a service. COVID-19 has changed how we connect and interact and it our hope that we will have an opportunity to enjoy all of that again this summer.
Summer at the Acres starts on June 28th. All Sunday services prior to that date (May 17 to June 21) have been cancelled.
We are looking at options for Harbour Ridge – our program may look different this year.
Lastly, it’s always our aim to be transparent with you when we talk about money and finances. We know everyone is being challenged financially. We would ask that you remember Wesley Acres during this time, as we rely on your support to fund our Trailer Park and our Ministry.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we navigate the changing circumstances in this current reality. Please continue to pray for our families and our communities, our health care providers and government officials as we all seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
If you have any questions or concerns or just want more information, please connect with me via email or phone.