Caving, Boat Rental Return to Warsaw Caves Conservation Area, Beavermead Campground

After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, caving – cave exploration – returns to Warsaw Caves this season, and boat rentals will be available in the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Beavermead campsite.

The Warsaw Caves open May 13 for day use, including caving, camping, and boat rentals.

“The gatehouse opens that day and people can rent canoes and pay their day-use or camping fees,” said Otonabee Conservation executive director Dan Marinigh.

“All of our other conservation areas are open access and people can access them now. The exception is Beavermead Campground which also opens May 13.

The Warsaw Caves, located east of the city in the Douro-Dummer canton near Caves Road, take their name from a system of seven caves located in the park.

Thousands of years ago, the caves formed at the end of the last ice age, and a deep, glacier-fed river shaped the current landscape.

“We are delighted to invite visitors to return to the Warsaw Caves; it’s a popular spot for visitors looking for a unique outdoor nature experience,” said Jessie James, conservation lands manager for Otonabee Conservation.

“The Warsaw Caves offer an exciting opportunity to explore caves, kettles, limestone cliffs and ledges, underground channels and other interesting natural features of the landscape,” continued James.

COVID-19 restrictions have prevented explorers from caving for the past two seasons.

Although pandemic-imposed restrictions are easing across the province, visitors to caves this season are still being asked by Otonabee Conservation to wear a mask when exploring enclosed spaces, and are encouraged to stay away safety of other guests when nearby or on hikes. along the trail.

Canoe and kayak rentals will once again be available for visitors to Warsaw Caves and Beavermead Campground.

Warsaw cave paddlers will be able to enjoy a trip along the Indian River, where there is “flat water, a gentle current, beautiful scenery and wildlife”, according to a press release issued by Otonabee Conservation.

At Beavermead Campground, paddlers can access Meade Creek and paddle out to the small lake and along the Otonabee River to downtown Peterborough.

Canoe and kayak rentals include the use of personal flotation devices, paddles and mandatory safety equipment. Before and after each use, the equipment will be disinfected at the sanitary stations.

Campers can access otonabeeconservation.com to plan their trip and learn about the wide range of outdoor activities for all ages offered in the conservation areas of the Otonabee region watershed.

Brendan Burke is a reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Contact him at [email protected]

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