May 14, 2020 - Victoria Day Long Weekend in West Nipissing

Reminders for the Victoria Day Long Weekend

As we head into the Victoria Day long weekend, the Municipality is reminding residents to continue to follow public health measures for COVID-19. Provincial COVID-19 orders and restrictions remain in effect. In-person gatherings with anyone from outside your household are to be avoided. Groups of more than five people outside of your household are prohibited in Ontario.

This May Long weekend may look a little different than past years.  With some businesses starting to reopen and with the warmer weather forecasted– people will want to spend time outdoors. Remeber that the risk of infection continues to be present in and around our Municipality.

Please continue to physically distance and avoid non-essential travel. 


What you need to know: 


Municipal Office
Telephone Services at Town Hall will be closed as of 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15, and will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19. For urgent inquiries, please call (705) 753-1170.

Waste and Recycling Collection
Curbside collection for waste and recycling will not be affected by the long weekend and will take place as regularly scheduled.  

Spring Cleanup
The Sturgeon Falls Landfill will be closed on Monday, May 18. Spring Cleanup will resume on Tuesday, May 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre  
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre will be closed on Monday, May 18, and will resume operations on Tuesday, May 19. Please call (705) 580-2186 to make an appointment.

Restricted Fire Zone * Important update as of May 15, 2020 *
At 12:01 a.m. on May 16, 2020, Ontario is lifting the Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) designation that was put in place last month across Ontario's fire region. In accordance, the Complete Fire Ban in West Nipissing has also been lifted. 

Dumping Stations
RV Dumping Stations in Sturgeon Falls, Verner and Field are now open; however, users will have to supply their own hoses to connect to the water. Note that standard garden hoses are not approved for drinking water. Only approved drinking water hoses should be used for potable water.

Public Boat Launches
The Minnehaha Bay Marina remains closed over the long weekend; however, the boat launch is available for use at no cost and with no services. The launch at the Museum remains closed. All other public launches are open to provide water access for property owners to check-in on their cottages. Docks will not be installed at this time.

As per directives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Services, fishing is permissible in Ontario on water bodies where access is open to the public for the purpose of fishing. Physical distancing must be adhered to. Gathering in groups while fishing should be avoided. Learn more at

Recreational Camping on Crown Land 
Recreational camping is banned on Crown land until further notice to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of Ontarians. For more information on recreational camping: see

Virtual Fireworks  
On Monday, May 18 at 8 p.m., you can view a virtual fireworks display through the snapd HUB app. While we can’t all be together, we can share this common experience from our backyards. Learn more:



Click here for information on the Municipality’s response to COVID-19 and for updates on Municipal Services. 

For non-urgent policing matters such as non-compliance of Emergency Orders, residents can contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or can report online at


The Municipality wishes everyone a safe and healthy long weekend.  












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