Salmon Migration 2020

UPDATE: At their regular meeting on September 1, 2020, Council authorized the temporary closure of all lands and parks, under ownership of the Municipality, that border the Ganaraska River, effective September 2, 2020 until October 15, 2020, in an effort to limit group gatherings during the annual salmon migration while the global pandemic is ongoing. This closure includes all green spaces and trails from Molson Street South to Lake Ontario, as well as access to the Fishway (also known as the Fish Ladder or Cobett’s Dam) and prevents access to the River through municipal properties.

Read the media release for more details.

At the Special Council Meeting on July 21, 2020, Council reviewed a staff report outlining two proposed options for managing visitors to the community during the annual fall salmon migration.

Background:
The annual salmon migration occurs in the late summer and early fall and is a popular tourist attraction for both anglers and tourists, typically attracting thousands of visitors annually. Over the past few years, staff have taken measures to track the foot traffic in the downtown core. From that data, staff have determined that the foot traffic is increasingly heavier during the salmon migration than any other time of year.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff felt it was necessary to provide Council with the following options, in an effort to proactively plan an approach to manage an influx of visitors to the community as the annual salmon migration approaches (approximately the beginning of September to mid-October).

Option 1: Implement the following strategies:

  • Support the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority with the closure of the fish ladder (a popular gathering spot for people to watch the fish).
  • Close the access ramp to the River on the west side, north of Walton Street
  • Initiate a public awareness campaign related to precautions for COVID-19 as identified in the staff report.

Option 2: Close access to all municipal properties along the Ganaraska River, including the trails, from Molson Street to Robertson Street from September 1 to October 15, 2020.

At the Committee of the Whole meeting of August 4, 2020, Council reviewed the responses received from the community to date and directed Staff to prepare a resolution for presentation at the Council meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 to implement Option #2. This will be the option presented for Council to vote on at the Council meeting.

The consultation is now closed. Council will consider a staff report at their meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

UPDATE: At their regular meeting on September 1, 2020, Council authorized the temporary closure of all lands and parks, under ownership of the Municipality, that border the Ganaraska River, effective September 2, 2020 until October 15, 2020, in an effort to limit group gatherings during the annual salmon migration while the global pandemic is ongoing. This closure includes all green spaces and trails from Molson Street South to Lake Ontario, as well as access to the Fishway (also known as the Fish Ladder or Cobett’s Dam) and prevents access to the River through municipal properties.

Read the media release for more details.

At the Special Council Meeting on July 21, 2020, Council reviewed a staff report outlining two proposed options for managing visitors to the community during the annual fall salmon migration.

Background:
The annual salmon migration occurs in the late summer and early fall and is a popular tourist attraction for both anglers and tourists, typically attracting thousands of visitors annually. Over the past few years, staff have taken measures to track the foot traffic in the downtown core. From that data, staff have determined that the foot traffic is increasingly heavier during the salmon migration than any other time of year.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff felt it was necessary to provide Council with the following options, in an effort to proactively plan an approach to manage an influx of visitors to the community as the annual salmon migration approaches (approximately the beginning of September to mid-October).

Option 1: Implement the following strategies:

  • Support the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority with the closure of the fish ladder (a popular gathering spot for people to watch the fish).
  • Close the access ramp to the River on the west side, north of Walton Street
  • Initiate a public awareness campaign related to precautions for COVID-19 as identified in the staff report.

Option 2: Close access to all municipal properties along the Ganaraska River, including the trails, from Molson Street to Robertson Street from September 1 to October 15, 2020.

At the Committee of the Whole meeting of August 4, 2020, Council reviewed the responses received from the community to date and directed Staff to prepare a resolution for presentation at the Council meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 to implement Option #2. This will be the option presented for Council to vote on at the Council meeting.

The consultation is now closed. Council will consider a staff report at their meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

CLOSED: This quick poll has concluded.

Council has directed staff to post the proposed options to allow residents an opportunity to share their preferred option. The feedback received will be reviewed by Council and staff and assist Council in the decision-making process.

Option 1: Support the GRCA with the closure of the fish ladder; Close the access ramp to the River on the west side, north of Walton St.; Initiate a COVID public awareness campaign
30%
Option 2: Close access to all municipal properties along the Ganaraska River, including the trails, from Molson Street to Robertson Street during the Salmon Migration (date to be determined by Staff)
70%
Total Votes : 207