COVID-19 impacting outdoors community

by Editorial Staff | June 2, 2020
Disinfectant wipes on a tackle box.
Disinfectant wipes on a tackle box. (Photo by Jason Bain)

Editor’s note: Please check back regularly as many of these stories will be updated to reflect changes.

The global outbreak of novel coronavirus COVID-19 is having a tremendous impact on life around the world.

Our editorial team is bringing you the latest information on how the Ontario outdoors community is being affected by the pandemic. If you have information to share, please email us here.

Here are our latest COVID-19-related stories:

Backcountry camping returns

Evinrude brand discontinued

Waterway to open June 1

Ask an expert: Can fish transmit COVID-19?

Outdoor picnic sites reopen

Fire ban lifted

Gradual reopenings continue

Provincial parks reopening

Some boat ramps reopening

Marinas can re-open

Ask an expert: Can biting insects transmit COVID-19?

Pheasant hunt cancelled in Pelee

No changes to fishing: Premier

Derby cancelled over COVID-19

Waterway opening delayed by COVID-19

Crown land camping banned

Ministries temporarily exempt from 30-day consultation requirement

Are fishing and hunting seasons closed?

COVID-19 closures hurting outdoors business

Outdoor fires banned

Many boat ramps closed

Gun licence production halted

COVID-19 causes surge in gun, ammo sales

Teddy bear hunts gain popularity

Ontario Parks closed care of COVID-19

OFAH offers resources

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) has a list of frequently asked COVID-19-related questions and answers here and list of outdoors-related restrictions and closures here.

Read more outdoors news here


  1. Robert Tremblay wrote: While practicing social distancing will I be able to hunt turkey in this 2020 spring season??
  2. Brent lajoie wrote: I don’t have my permitt for fishing do i need to get my permit or can i fish without it for now
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Hi Brent, At the moment, if you are between the ages of 18-65 years of age, you still need a permit to fish in Ontario. If not, any piece of provincially-issued ID will serve as your licence. There are also free fishing weekends (Mother’s Day Weekend in May [May 9-10, 2020], Father’s Day Weekend in June [June 20-21, 2020], and Family Fishing Week in July [July 4-12, 2020]. Do you have an Outdoors card? You can find more information here: Be sure to check back for any changes.
  3. jeffrey clark wrote: hunted and fished all of my life have seen the highs and the lows . one year.. seriously? stay home spend time with your family think about next year . it will be like high school.. first date.. a new car the wild will still be there and better .. .time isn't an option for wildlife and fish .it is for us .. I hope my grandkids will be able to have a structured outdoors life in the future for their sake and mine don't let testosterone affect sound judgement ..shut her down.....
  4. Jean luc wrote: If I put my boat at a marina can I bring my friend and family fishing if they don’t live in the same household
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Jean luc, the health recommendation at the moment remains maintaining six feet (2 metres) of physical distancing with anyone outside your household.
  5. doug mckenzie wrote: do you have to social distance (2 meters apart ) in a boat while fishing and can you fish with familly not living with you
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Doug, it's still recommended you physically distance yourself six feet (2 metres) apart from anyone outside your household.
  6. Claude Guevremont wrote: Hello Meghan, Ok, everybody knows that we have to observe physical distancing even in a boat. The question is are we allowed to do so with someone who does not live with you? And be legal with the restrictions being imposed now?. My boat is big enough so that we can be 10 feet apart at all times., but can we do it legally without getting a fine? That is the question everybody needs an answer to. Thank you.
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Claude, of course you do so at your own risk.
  7. Dan wrote: Hello there, I seen on here before stating the crown land camping ban will be revoked as of May 29/20? is this still true? what’s the fine/charge if caught camping on crown land with a campfire before May 29th?please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks for your time and keep safe
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Dan, all camping remains closed until at least June 21st. You can find out update with a link to the Parks Canada page here: