Tait McKenzie, James Naismith museums open this weekend

Special to WC Online

CARLETON PLACE — As the Province of Ontario moves into Stage Two of its reopening process, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is pleased to be permitting visitors in to the R. Tait McKenzie and Dr. James Naismith Museum at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area. The first operating day will be Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“However, it won’t be business as usual,” MVCA staff released in a statement today (June 18). “TheMVCA is following Ontario Public Health recommendations to ensure physical distancing measures are in place for the health and safety of all visitors and staff such as:

reduced hours (open Friday to Monday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

timed entry (15-minute intervals)

a limited number of visitors allowed in at one time (maximum of four people per group)

managed visitor flow (directional signage for one-way flow will be in place)

by appointment (visitors are encouraged to call ahead to book their spot: 613-256-3610 ext. 2 or email skolsters@mvc.on.ca. Additionally, visitors can sign up for a time slot upon arrival, however they may not be guaranteed their preferred time)

Please note for the purpose of contact tracing, staff will be asking for each visitor’s name and contact information and if they are feeling well that day. The self-assessment tool can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website.

Along with the museum, washroom facilities will once again be open with regular cleaning taking place. Parking will be subject to the daily $6 fee or purchase a season pass for $40.

The MVCA is pleased to welcome Nadine Cheney, an Ottawa-area artist who will be showcasing her work in the museum for the month of July. Her exhibit is described as a “bit of a mixed bag,” as Nadine prefers to explore wherever her mind goes, and not be confined to any particular genre or series.

When visiting any of MVCA’s conservation areas, visitors are reminded to practice physical distancing by staying at least two metres or six feet apart., not to congregate in groups, and if they feel ill to stay at home. MVCA is also asking the public to plan short visits to areas that have been reopened to ensure the space can be shared with all those looking to get outside and into nature. Visitors are also reminded to obey signage, keep their pets on a leash at all times and take any garbage with them when they leave.

“The MVCA appreciates your continued support and understanding as we navigate through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” MVCA staff said.

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