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Crown land in Burleigh Falls closed due to unsafe conditions: Ministry of Natural Resources

Portion of Crown land in Burleigh Falls closed due to unsafe conditions
In a rare move, a chunk of crown land beside Burleigh Falls has been closed to the public by the province. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry took the action after numerous complaints about an influx of visitors leaving behind garbage and abusing the property.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared Crown land adjacent to the Burleigh Falls waterfalls closed to the public effective Thursday.

The ministry informed Peterborough County OPP and Selwyn Township of the decision, which was based on a large increase in visitors to the falls. The ministry and OPP say it has resulted in numerous complaints involving liquor consumption, parking violations, excessive noise, littering, outdoor urinating/defecating and mischief.

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The ministry says it has declared the area unsafe and that it will be closed to the public until further notice.

OPP say officers and the ministry will be enforcing the closure.

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Vehicles will be towed and provincial offence notices will be issued to those found in contravention of the closure.

Burleigh Falls is a popular tourist destination located about 30 kilometres north of Peterborough.

For inquiries on the closure, contact the MNRF Peterborough district office at 705-755-2001.

A Peterborough County OPP officer is on patrol at Burleigh Falls on Thursday morning.
A Peterborough County OPP officer is on patrol at Burleigh Falls on Thursday morning. Dan Nyznik/Global News Peterborough

 

Crown land access at Burleigh Falls is closed.
Crown land access at Burleigh Falls is closed. Dan Nyznik/Global News Peterborough

 

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