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Thornbury Harbour opens to pedestrians tomorrow

Town staff say the harbour’s launch ramp will remain closed to the public for an additional week for repairs.
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The Thornbury Harbour will open to pedestrian traffic tomorrow. The boat launch is set to re-open next week. Jennifer Golletz/CollingwoodToday

The Thornbury Harbour will be re-open to pedestrian traffic tomorrow, but the boat launch won’t be ready for another week.

“The harbour will be open tomorrow for pedestrian and boat owner access,” says Ryan Gibbons, director of community services for the Town of the Blue Mountains (TBM). “The launch ramp is not open yet. We are waiting on parts to secure the docks for the ramp and expect them by mid-to-late next week.”

Gibbons says the Thornbury harbour generally opens around May 1 every year and the boats tend to launch around Mother’s Day, however, due to the COVID-19 closures, things are behind schedule this year.

“The harbour team have been called back to work and are busy preparing the facilities, property and docks,” he says. “Launch is scheduled for May 31, so the season is about a month behind.”

Gibbons adds that the town is working closely with the Grey Bruce Health Unit with all of its decisions related to COVID-19.

“The harbour will see a number of changes that may include new cleaning schedules, modified access and physical distancing in all of our practices,” he adds.

The Blue Mountains also issued a news release today stating the town's beaches are closed as are some of its parks. You can find a complete list of what is open or closed in TBM here

Town hall, the library, Craigleith Heritage Depot, and the town's community centres remain closed. 

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