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ONTARIO’S CONSERVATION AREAS

VISITORS GUIDE

NEARLY 300 CONSERVATION AREAS JUST WAITING TO BE EXPLORED

Maps, Natural and Cultural Features, Attractions, Tips & More!

ontarioconservationareas.ca


conservationhamilton.ca

F

rom the shores of Lake Ontario to the spectacular Niagara

Escarpment and beyond, the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) invites you to escape everyday life and reconnect with the great outdoors!

Discover ●

145 km of trails ● 5 km of bike trails

2 Rail Trails

25 waterfalls ●20 natural areas

1 heritage village ● 7 major areas

Areas ●

Christie Lake

Devil’s Punchbowl

Dundas Valley

Eramosa Karst

Fifty Point

Spencer Gorge

Valens Lake

Westfield Heritage Village

Visit www.conservationhamilton.ca

Call 905-525-2181

#ExploreHCA


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52 - Old Baldy

STEP INTO NATURE AT ONTARIO’S CONSERVATION AREAS Conservation Areas are more than pretty places. Across Ontario you’ll find nearly 300 just waiting to be explored. Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities collectively own and operate over 500 Conservation Areas with a total area of more than 150,000 hectares, making Conservation Authorities one of the largest property owners in the Province. Nearly 300 Conservation

Areas are accessible to the public. They play an important environmental, educational and recreational role in Ontario, and contribute to the physical and mental well-being of over seven million visitors annually. Hidden within these natural gems are lakes, rivers and streams, wetlands, sand dunes, beaches, waterfalls, caves, forests and natural heritage sites. So, plan your visit and #StepIntoNature!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Step Into Nature

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Central Conservation Areas Chart 2

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Show Us Your Healthy Hikes

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Adventure Awaits at Conservation Areas

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Conservation Areas at a Glance

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Central Conservation Areas Chart 3

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MAP 1 - Southern Ontario

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Leave No Trace

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MAP 2 - Southern Ontario

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Dogs on Leash

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Southern Conservation Areas Chart 1

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MAP 6 - Eastern Ontario

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About Conservation Authorities

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Eastern Conservation Areas Chart 1

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What's a Watershed

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Indigenous History at Conservation Areas

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MAP 3 - Southern Ontario

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Eastern Conservation Areas Chart 2

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Southern Conservation Areas Chart 2

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Species at Risk

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Southern Conservation Areas Chart 3

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Identify the Invasive Species

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Southern Conservation Areas Chart 4

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Eastern Conservation Areas Chart 3

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Self-Care In Nature

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Fishing

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MAP 4 - Southern Ontario

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Things to Do This Winter

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Southern Conservation Areas Chart 5

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MAPS 7 & 8 - Northern Ontario

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Southern Conservation Areas Chart 6

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Northern Conservation Areas Chart 1

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Hiking

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MAPS 9 & 10 - Northern Ontario

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Accessibility at Conservation Areas

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Northern Conservation Areas Chart 2

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Sun Safety

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Less Screen Time & More Green Time

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Be Tick Smart

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Outdoor Education

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Camping

40

On the Rocks

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Great Lakes

42

Spelunking

89

MAP 5 - Central Ontario

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Wildlife Photography

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Central Conservation Areas Chart 1

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Swim Safety

91

Flood Watch

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Support Your Watershed

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Wetlands

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Benefits of Trees

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MAP LEGEND Admission Fee Lake/River/Reservoir Education/Interpretive

MAPS 1 - 4: SOUTHERN ONTARIO

Heritage/Museum

Ausable Bayfield Catfish Creek Essex Region Grand River Grey Sauble Halton Hamilton Kettle Creek

Wheelchair Accessible* Facility Rental Equipment Rental Facility & Equipment Rental Picnic Facilities

Long Point Region Lower Thames Valley Maitland Valley Niagara Peninsula Saugeen St. Clair Region Upper Thames River

Camping Group Camping Regular & Group Camping Boating/Sailing/Paddling Swimming/Water Sports Hiking

MAP 5: CENTRAL ONTARIO

Central Lake Ontario Credit Valley Ganaraska Region Kawartha

Lake Simcoe Region Nottawasaga Valley Otonabee Toronto and Region

Fishing Sports Fields Cycling Off-Road Cycling Regular & Off-Road Cycling Geocaching

MAP 6: EASTERN ONTARIO

Cataraqui Region Crowe Valley Lower Trent Mississippi Valley

Quinte Raisin Region Rideau Valley South Nation

Dog Walking Snowshoeing Cross-Country Skiing

MAPS 7 - 10: NORTHERN ONTARIO

Downhill Skiing

Lakehead Region Mattagami Region Sudbury

* Accessible parking and washroom(s) are

available. Additional accessible facilities may be available, contact Conservation Area for details.

North Bay-Mattawa Sault Ste. Marie Region


STEP INTO NATURE Where: Your local Conservation Area

#StepIntoNature in three easy steps:

Visit a Conservation Area



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Snap a fun selfie or nature image

Ontario's Conservation Areas



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healthyhikes.ca

Share it using the hashtags #StepIntoNature & #HealthyHikes

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SHOW US YOUR HEALTHY HIKES Every year, Conservation Ontario's Healthy Hikes campaign runs from May to October. The campaign encourages Ontarians to experience the benefits of nature at Conservation Areas.

HERE’S HOW YOU STEP INTO NATURE! 1. Visit a Conservation Area 2. Snap a selfie or nature image 3. Share it on social media with hashtags #StepIntoNature and #HealthyHikes 4. Tag Conservation Ontario in your post and you’ll have a chance to be featured on our page

Learn more about Healthy Hikes or how you can become a partner at www.healthyhikes.ca.


Healthy Communities

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Littered cigarette butts contain toxins that can be harmful or even deadly if swallowed by children or animals.

Healthy People There are more than

7,000

chemicals found in cigarette smoke that pollute the air we breathe. Cigarettes pollute the air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil we grow our food in.

Healthy Places There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke - even outdoors!

Healthy People Children and youth are less likely to start smoking if they don’t see the people they look up to smoking.

Healthy Role Models Developed by the Provincial Smoke-Free Conservation Area Workgroup & the Central East Tobacco Control Area Network

Conservation Areas are great places for people to be active and engage with nature, but many Conservation Areas are not smoke-free. Recent surveys show that there is growing support for more places in Ontario to become smoke-free! “We all depend on clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, healthy food supplies, green spaces for recreation and contact with wildlife to enrich our lives.” Conservation Authority. (2018) Policy Priorities; EcoHealth


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CONSERV AT ION AREAS AT A GL AN C E

545

3,510 KM

Conservation Areas managed by Conservation Authorities

of trails to be explored

8,088

Almost

campsites available for booking

8M

visitors annually

SMOKING POLICIES AT CONSERVATION AREAS Healthy ecosystems and healthy people are our priority. Some Conservation Authorities are leading the way and have adopted outdoor smoking policies. Please plan your Conservation Area visits accordingly.

CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY:

KETTLE CREEK CONSERVATION AUTHORITY:

All Conservation Areas are smoke-free. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.

Lake Whittaker and Dalewood Conservation Areas smoking and vaping are limited to registered campsites and designated smoking areas.

ESSEX REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY:

UPPER THAMES RIVER CONSERVATION AUTHORITY:

All Conservation Areas are smoke-free. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.

Fanshawe, Pittock and Wildwood Conservation Areas all forms of smoking are prohibited in all public spaces. Smoking is permitted on registered campsites or in designated areas only.


MAP 1

Clinton

3

2

SOUTHERN ONTARIO

Lake Huron

21

Bluewater

Exete

AUSABLE BAYFIELD

1

5 133 136

6

Forest

135 Warwick

Sarnia

MICHIGAN U.S.A.

21

402

Wyoming

Strathroy

134

Corunna

Petrolia

40

9

132

ST CLAIR

Alvinston

90 97

Wallaceburg

West Elgin

Dresden

LOWER THAMES VALLEY

40

Lake St. Clair Tecumseh

Windsor 12 3

LaSalle

22

13

Belle River

19 18

20

21 92 88 99

401

Chatham 89 Blenheim Tilbury

95

101 98 94

Essex

ESSEX REGION

102 17 Leamington Harrow 11 14 10 16

22 Amherstburg 15

3

Kingsville

77

Lake Erie

This map is illustrative only. Do not rely on it as being a precise indicator of routes, locations of features, nor as a guide to navigation. Published May 2019

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Elora

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Wellesley

8

Mitchell 4

er

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New Hamburg

Stratford

4

8

23

St. Marys

7

Guelph

30

6

Waterloo Kitchener

HALTON (see map 4)

Cambridge

403

Hamilton

24

HAMILTON

7

UPPER THAMES RIVER

Lucan 4

137

(see map 4)

138

79

St. Thomas

401

DuttonDunwich

KETTLE CREEK

24

Caledonia 19

Tillsonburg 3

7

8

86

Norwich

80

Aylmer

24

Delhi

Simcoe

LONG POINT REGION

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84 85

82

Port Dover

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CATFISH CREEK

0

10

20 km

80 - Lake Whittaker

Haldimand 3

Waterford

ON

137 - Fanshawe

109

Brantford

6

Belmont 3

403

Woodstock

401

96 100

Paris

Ingersoll

London

407

6

8

32

Ayr

Milton

401

Puslinch

34

GRAND RIVER 401

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Hespeler

7

139

33

29

Elmira

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42

12

Chatsworth

Port Elgin

124

52

129 128

L a ke Huron

44

43

Markdale 6

130

SAUGEEN

Kincardine

127

Hanover

Walkerton

10

126 123

Southgate

Durham

131

21

Mount Forest

89

31

Gran

Wingham

106 105

MAITLAND VALLEY

Goderich

103

6

Mapleton

Brussels

Listowel

104

Clinton

3

26

27

23

GRAN RIVER

Wellesley

8

30 Mitchell

4

Waterloo Kitchener

Bluewater

Exeter

Elora

Elmira

2

21

28

7

4

Stratford

23

AUSABLE BAYFIELD

8

New Hamburg

139

Ayr

St. Marys

32

7

5

UPPER THAMES RIVER

Lucan

6

4

137

London

402

Paris 403

Woodstock 401

Ingersoll 24

19

Strathroy

ST CLAIR

138

93

Norwich

80

96 100 Belmont 401

79

3

Tillsonburg

LONG POINT REGION


187 Collingwood

400

180

Stayner

181

184

185

4

182

186

Angus

89

nd Valley

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Orangeville

Erin

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This map is illustrative only. Do not rely on it as features, nor as a guide to navigation.

Alliston

Newmarket 173 177

189

Bolton

209

Vaughan 203

10

205 208

207

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29

7

401

ON

407

Oakville

(see map 4)

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Cambridge

Lake Ontario

Burlington

6

8

Hamilton

24

HAMILTON (see map 4)

403

Brantford

Stoney Creek

0

6

111 118

25

Simcoe Port Dover

Dunnville

83

406

120 116

3 3

Niagara Falls QEW

Welland

Haldimand Waterford

122

Pelham

110

20 km

Niagara-onthe-Lake

113

QEW

107 117

NIAGARA PENINSULA

10

St. Catharines

108

109 Caledonia

86

Toronto

QEW

Milton

HALTON

24

210 401

Mississauga

Puslinch

401

407

Guelph 6

Whitby

Ajax

Pickering

TORONTO AND REGION

Georgetown

Acton

Uxbridge

Markham 407

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Richmond Hill

7

WhitchurchStouffville

204

400

Brock

48

178

404

Aurora 176

Brampton

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LAKE SIMCOE REGION

174

Bradford

201

(see map 5)

Published May 2019

175

Fergus

ND R

SOUTHERN

48 179 Sutton ONTARIO

Innisfil

Caledon

CREDIT VALLEY

MAP 2

Keswick being a precise indicator of routes, locations of

Tottenham

206

Lake Simcoe

Barrie

190 188

NOTTAWASAGA VALLEY Shelburne

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183

26

114

112 121 115

119

Port Colborne

3

Fort Erie


SOUTHERN ONTARIO

CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 1

ESSEX REGION

CATFISH CREEK

AUSABLE BAYFIELD

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

1

Ausable River Cut

Hiking trails along Ausable River Cut, access for fishing and canoeing, Carolinian forest

2

Bannockburn

Hiking, fishing, boardwalks, self-guided interpretive signage, marsh, river, forest

3

Clinton

Picnic pavilion, hiking trails, Bayfield River fishing, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf course

4

Morrison Dam

Hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, stocked nine-hectare lake, picnic pavilion

5

Parkhill

70 ha lake for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, scenic lookout

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Rock Glen

Scenic waterfalls, museum, woodland, fossil beds, boardwalks, accessible trails, Carolinian forest

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Archie Coulter

4 km of trails, excellent location to view rare Carolinian flora and fauna

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Springwater

Horseback riding, rare large tract of old growth Carolinian forest, sandy beach, 8.5 km of trails

9

Yarmouth N.H.A.

Herb Kebbel Wetland, 24-acres of wetland flora and fauna, 3 scenic trails

10

Cedar Beach

Sandy Lake Erie swimming beach

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Cedar Creek

Carolinian forest, Provincially Significant Wetland, bald eagles, canoe access

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Devonwood

Urban Carolinian forest with 8 species of oak, more than 4 km of trails

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Greenway Trails

Nearly 100 km of off-road nature trail, connects natural areas, woodland, wetlands, prairie

14

Hillman Marsh

Excellent spring birding, visitor centre, 4.5 km marsh trail, excellent beach

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Holiday Beach

Global important bird area, Fall hawk migration, demo farm, Carolinian forest, fishing, natural shoreline

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John R. Park Homestead

1840's classic revival home, farmstead and blacksmith's shop, wetland, natural shoreline

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Kopegaron Woods

Excellent spring birding and blooming wildflowers, Carolinian forest

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Maidstone

Carolinian forest

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McAuliffe Woods

Carolinian forest

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Ruscom Shores

Carolinian forest

21

Tremblay Beach

Excellent spring birding, new viewing tower, wetlands

22

White Sands

1 km of sandy beach on a Detroit River Island

2 - Bannockburn

8 - Springwater


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ABOUT CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES 95% of Ontarians live in a watershed managed by a Conservation Authority Conservation Authorities are local watershed management agencies that deliver services and programs to protect and manage impacts on water and other natural resources. They work with all levels of government, landowners and many other organizations. Conservation Authorities are legislated under the Conservation Authorities Act, 1946. They began to be established in the 1940s when Ontario was experiencing significant flooding and erosion problems as a result of earlier years of environmental mismanagement.

WHAT CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES DO

>> Develop and maintain programs

that will protect life and property from natural hazards such as flooding and erosion

>> Ensure Ontario’s rivers, lakes and

streams are properly safeguarded, managed and restored

>> Protect, manage and restore

Ontario’s woodlands, wetlands and natural habitat

>> Provide opportunities for the public to enjoy, learn from and respect Ontario’s natural environment


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WHAT’S A WATERSHED? A watershed is an area of land that catches rain and snow, and drains or seeps into a marsh, stream, river, lake or groundwater. A healthy watershed contributes to healthy people, environment and economy.

DID YOU KNOW? Conservation Authority Watershed Report Cards detail the health of Ontario’s watersheds through the use of key environmental indicators. They are a management and evaluation tool that benchmark conditions, measure environmental change, identify issues and target watershed programs, and track progress of actions and inform decision-makers.

Learn about the health of Ontario's watersheds at www.watershedcheckup.ca


MAP 3 SOUTHERN ONTARIO 6

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41 39

55

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50

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Wiarton 6

13

17

1

45

46

54

58

21

125 Southampton

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37

Meaford

26

Owen Sound

38

36 49

GREY SAUBLE

51 6

Chatsworth

3

3

21

12

129

10

128

Markdale

25 12

6

20

3 10

SAUGEEN 3

127

126 4

Hanover Walkerton

20

4

131 9

123

Durham

57

12

18

18

10

Port Elgin

35

48

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This map is illustrative only. Do not rely on it as being a precise indicator of routes, locations of features, nor as a guide to navigation. Published May 2019

Š 2019, Conservation Ontario Map produced in co-operation with the Province of Ontario and Conservation Ontario.

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10 km

ON

Penetanguishene

Midland

Georgian Bay

12

6

93

40

7

The Blue Mountains

53 27

Wasaga Beach

Collingwood

13

42

400

29 22

187

180

7

26

124

2

183

Stayner

52

181

10

53

42 13

185

44

9

184 190

43

124

4

Angus

182

186

90

188

18

9

56 10

21

NOTTAWASAGA VALLEY

124

Southgate 9

10

Alliston 89


SOUTHERN ONTARIO

CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 2

GREY SAUBLE

GRAND RIVER

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

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Belwood Lake

12 km long lake with great boating and fishing

24

Brant

Surrounded on three sides by the historic Grand River, 1.5-acre swimming pool

25

Byng Island

Boat access to the extensive Dunnville marshes, boating access to Lake Erie, 2-acre swimming pool

26

Conestogo Lake

Excellent for water sports and recreational boating

27

Elora Gorge

Spectacular 70 ft gorge, rapids and excellent fly fishing, river tubing

28

Elora Quarry

Pristine swimming hole surrounded by 40 ft cliffs

29

Guelph Lake

Sailing and windsurfing heaven, great swimming, can hold major events

30

Laurel Creek

Peace and quiet on the edge of Waterloo

31

Luther Marsh

The largest wetland complex in southern Ontario

32

Pinehurst Lake

A mature Carolinian forest covers most of the area

33

Rockwood

Towering limestone cliffs, caves and large glacial potholes

34

Shade's Mills

Large hardwood forest with trails

35

Ainslie Wood

Rocky beach, swimming and fishing on the shores of Georgian Bay

36

The Arboretum & Administration Centre

Enjoy this educational interpretive trail displaying the trees and shrubs of Grey and Bruce Counties

37

Arran Lake

Sand beach, swimming and boat launch (by donation)

38

Bognor Marsh

Boardwalk loop for a unique marsh-area hike with birds, plants and aquatic species

39

Bruce's Caves

Explore expansive sea caves carved by post-glacial lake wave action, Bruce Trail

40

Christie Beach

Sand beach and swimming on Georgian Bay, picnic pavilion and washroom facilities

30 - Laurel Creek

138 - Pittock


 OPEN/CLOSE

Year Round May 1 - Oct 15 May 1 - Oct 15 May 1 - Oct 15 May 1 - Oct 15 Jun 1st - Labour Day May 1 - Oct 15 May 1 - Oct 15 May 1 - Oct 15 Year Round Year Round Year Round Year Round Year Round Year Round Year Round Year Round Year Round

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CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 3

HALTON

GREY SAUBLE

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

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Colpoy's Lookout

Easily accessible and offers spectacular views of Colpoy's Bay and escarpment cliffs

42

Epping - John Muir Lookout

Learn about John Muir, stunning views of the beautiful Beaver River valley

43

Eugenia Falls

Picturesque 30 m high waterfall, historic plaques and stunning views of the Cuckoo Valley

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Feversham Gorge

Unique property where the Beaver River flows through 25 m rock gorge filled with ferns and mosses

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The Glen

A nature lover's paradise, this property is home to many species of plants and waterfowl

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Hepworth

In winter, the Sawmill Nordic Centre hosts nordic skiing and snowshoeing

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Hibou

Enjoy this sand beach on Georgian Bay, complete with change rooms and interpretive trails

48

Indian Falls

15 m high horseshoe-shaped waterfall, ball diamond, tennis courts and rugged hiking trails

49

Inglis Falls

One of Ontario's premier waterfalls, Niagara Escarpment Nodal Park, historic mill site

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Kemble Mountain

Hiking trails through a mature hardwood forest with many species of ferns, birds and wildflowers

51

Massie Hills

Over 8 km to hike and track-set grooming for classic cross-country skiing in the winter

52

Old Baldy

Amazing panoramic views of the Beaver Valley

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Peasemarsh

Sand beach and swimming on Georgian Bay, interpretive hiking trails and spring wildflowers

54

Pottawatomi/Jones Falls

Jones Falls is a 12 m waterfall, and beautiful and dramatic sections of the Bruce Trail

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Spirit Rock

Stone ruins of historical estate home and unique spiral staircase down escarpment to Georgian Bay

56

St. Jean Point

Peaceful and tranquil place to hike, property is good for appreciation not recreation

57

Trout Hollow (Bighead River)

Beautiful light blue Bighead River and remnants of past industries

58

West Rocks

Lookouts over Owen Sound and Georgian Bay

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Crawford Lake

Maple Syrup Festival, Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Trail, meromictic lake, forests, 15th century longhouses

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Hilton Falls

Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Trail, wetlands, 16 Mile Creek, forests, mill ruins

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Kelso/Glen Eden

Treetop Trekking, Niagara Escarpment cliffs and slopes, waterfalls, forests, 35 ha lake, Bruce Trail, 16 Mile Creek, historic lime kilns

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Mount Nemo

Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Trail, pristine cliff ecosystem with scenic views

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Mountsberg

Maple Syrup Festival, 200 ha lake, wetlands, Bronte Creek, forests, raptor centre, sugar bush

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Rattlesnake Point

Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Trail, forests, rock climbing sites, scenic lookouts


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CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 4

LONG POINT REGION

KETTLE CREEK

HAMILTON

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

65

Christie Lake

Horseback riding, Niagara Escarpment, numerous wetlands and forests, trout ponds, dam, trails

66

Confederation Beach Park

On Lake Ontario, ponds, wetlands, paved recreational trail, Wild Waterworks, mini-golf, go-karts, restaurants

67

Dofasco 2000 Trail

Devil's Punchbowl, Vinemount South Swamp, boardwalk, several lookouts and historic areas

68

Dundas Valley

Horseback riding, meadows, forest, vistas, Carolinian forest zone, waterfalls

69

Eramosa Karst

Karst features, forests, meadows, creeks/streams, trails, East Mountain Trail Loop

70

Fifty Point

Lakefront with beach, woodlots and fields, marina, boat launch, restaurant

71

Fletcher Creek Ecological Preserve

Forests, creeks/streams, old quarry, boardwalk, trail

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Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail Carolinian forest, Dundas Valley, Grand River, rural countryside, links to Paris and Cambridge

73

Lafarge 2000 Trail

Niagara Escarpment, drumlin field, Beverly Swamp, Fletcher Creek Swamp Forest

74

Spencer Gorge

Niagara Escarpment, 2 gorges and waterfalls, spectacular views, trail to Dundas Peak

75

Tiffany Falls

Waterfall, Niagra Escarpment, creek/stream, trail

76

Valens Lake

Lake reservoir near headwaters of Spencer Creek, forested campground

77

Westfield Heritage Village

35 historic buildings, pine/spruce plantation, unspoiled woodlands/meadows, special events

78

Wild Waterworks

Wave pool, tube slides, body slides, Eazy River and children's area, Lake Ontario shoreline, wetlands

79

Dalewood

700-acres, part of Yarmouth Crown Game Preserve, swimming pool, reservoir

80

Lake Whittaker

26-acre natural kettle lake, plus 400-acres of forests and wetlands, sugar bush, supervised pool

81

Backus Heritage

Heritage village, nature centre, special events, swimming pool, camping, cabin rentals

82

Deer Creek

Scenic 80-acre reservoir, excellent fishing, canoe and kayak rentals, boat launch, special events

83

Haldimand

Natural beach, Lake Erie shoreline, birdwatching, camping

84

Hay Creek

Carolinian forest, rural countryside, nature trail

85

Norfolk

Natural beach, Lake Erie shoreline, scenic views, volleyball court, camping

86

Waterford North

3 freshwater lakes on site, excellent fishing, canoe and kayak rentals, food concession, boat launch, camping

70 - Fifty Point

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SELF-CARE IN NATURE We challenge you to unplug, disconnect and to recharge by spending time in nature, hiking or doing one of your favourite outdoor activities.

Conservation Ontario is an EcoHealth Ontario Partner Research suggests that nature can help our brains and bodies stay healthy. Recent studies have shown that spending time in nature reduces stress, strengthens our immune system, improves our fitness level, and helps us to lead more creative, meaningful and happy lives. Learn more at www.ecohealth-ontario.ca.

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Hike The great thing about hiking is that it can be done alone or in a group of any size and it doesn’t require any serious equipment aside from sturdy shoes or boots. Get those feet moving and go!

Yoga During the warmer months, join Yoga in the Park classes at participating Conservation Areas. Or, grab your mat, water bottle and sun protection, and get your downward dog on or practice your sun salutation outdoors. Namaste. 150 - Island Lake

Forest Therapy Walks

170 - Ken Reid

Forest Therapy or “Shinrin-yoku” means spending time in nature that invites healing interactions. This requires mindfully moving through the landscape in ways that cultivate presence, opening all the senses and actively communicating with the land. These walks are a slow and mindful experience that can combine walking, sitting, standing or laying down. The walks are typically a kilometre or less and range in duration from two to three hours. Forest Therapy is currently being offered by the following Conservation Authorities: Cataraqui Region, Credit Valley, Kawartha, Quinte, and Toronto and Region.


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Pelham

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SOUTHERN ONTARIO

CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 5

NIAGARA PENINSULA

MAITLAND VALLEY

LOWER THAMES VALLEY

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

87

Big Bend

Thames River, boat launch, floodplain lands, archaeology site, memorial forest, camping

88

Big 'O'

A southwestern Ontario birding hotspot

89

C.M. Wilson

Campground, memorial forest, woodlot, ponds, Children's Safety Village, pavilion rental

90

Dutton-Dunwich

Floodplain land, fishing, day use

91

E.M. Warwick

Rent main hall and 4 cabins, Lake Erie north shore, wooded ravine trail, day use

92

Lighthouse

Outlet of Thames River, 200-year-old lighthouse; one of 3 oldest on Great Lakes, day use, picnic

93

Longwoods Road

Ska-Nah-Doht Village, group camp, pavilion, wetland, Carolinian Arboretum & Trails, outdoor education

94

McGeachy Pond

Major migratory bird route, wetland, north shore Lake Erie, viewing tower

95

Merlin

Memorial forest, Tallgrass prairie, walking trail

96

Mill Stream

Stream and ravine habitat, birdwatching

97

Mosa Forest

Major Carolinian forest, wetland

98

Rondeau Bay Marshes

Lake Erie shoreline, birdwatching

99

Rowsom's Tilbury West

Carolinian forest, memorial forest, stream habitat, birdwatching

100

Sharon Creek

Reservoir, Tallgrass prairie, walking trail, memorial forest

101

Sinclair's Bush

Carolinian forest

102

Two Creeks

Major migratory bird route, memorial forest, wooded creek system, summer theatre, trails

103

Falls Reserve

Unique lower Maitland River Valley, low waterfalls, special events, excellent fishing, trails

104

Naftel's Creek

Mixed forest including mature cedar lowlands, extensive trail system, scenic Naftel's Creek

105

Wawanosh Park

Scenic river frontage, hiking trails, fishing ponds, seasonal camping only

106

Wawanosh Valley

Diverse natural habitats, Belgrave Creek, seasonal programs, trails

107

Ball's Falls

Niagara Escarpment & Centre for Conservation, hiking trails, historical buildings, guided tours, waterfalls, wedding and corporate venues, annual Thanksgiving Festival

108

Beamer Memorial

Niagara Escarpment ridge, featuring breathtaking and panoramic views of 40 Mile Creek Valley and Lake Ontario shoreline from viewing platforms, Good Friday Annual Hawk Watch Open House

109

Binbrook

Treetop Trekking, start of Welland River, man-made lake, windsurfing, fishing derbies, nature trails, children's spray pad, playground, Boarder Pass Wakeboarding, FunSplash

110

Chippawa Creek

148 ha, 10 ha man-made lake, boat launch to Welland River, pier fishing for disabled, nature trails, 156 campsites, non-motorized watercraft rentals, annual bass derby

111

Comfort Maple

Oldest sugar maple tree in Canada (over 500 years), heritage site

112

Gord Harry Trail

13 km "easy" hiking trail parallel to Lake Erie shoreline, birdwatching, picturesque woodlots, open fields and views of quarry lakes in the adjacent landscape

113

Jordan Harbour

Public launch dock, non-motorized watercraft, kilometre-wide harbour in Twenty Valley watershed, unique wildlife and tree species


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CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 6

UPPER THAMES RIVER

ST. CLAIR REGION

SAUGEEN

NIAGARA PENINSULA

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

114

Long Beach

3,000 ft of sandy shoreline along Lake Erie, 225+ campsites, playground

115

Morgan's Point

Lake Erie shoreline, sand dunes, Tallgrass meadow, migrating birds and Monarch butterflies, boardwalk and trails, unique eco-tourism venue with distinctive educational opportunities

116

Mud Lake

Marshland, trails, flight path of many migratory birds, located along old Welland Canal, limited waterfowl hunting

117

Rockway

Bruce Trail, hiking, 2 waterfalls, diverse flora and fauna of the Carolinian forest, historical salt spring

118

St. Johns

Niagara Escarpment, Carolinian forest, rainbow trout fishing, bird and frog watching, rare/endangered flora and fauna

119

Stevensville

Black Creek and fishing pond, nature trails, forest, picnic area, birdwatching, club house rental

120

Wainfleet Bog

Class 1 wetland, part of largest peatland in Southern Ontario, rare/endangered plants and wildlife

121

Wainfleet Wetlands

Class 1 wetland attracts large variety of songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl, unique open rock history featuring rock formations and coral fossils

122

Woodend

Niagara Escarpment site, Bruce Trail access, 2 self-guided trails, Carolinian forest, birdwatching

123

Allan Park

Horseback riding, upland forest on Horseshoe Moraine, over 160 ha of hardwood forest, 12 km trails

124

Brucedale

Lake Huron, sand beach

125

Denny's Dam

Mouth of Saugeen River, dam and fishway

126

Durham

Exposed bedrock and waterfall

127

Greenock Swamp (Schmidt Lake)

Single largest forested wetland in Southern Ontario

128

Kinghurst

Horseback riding, upland forest includes 4.6 km of trails

129

Saugeen Bluffs

Horseback riding, scenic bluff lookout over Saugeen River, 100 ha mature sugar bush

130

Stoney Island

Mixed forest adjacent Lake Huron shoreline, 39 ha forest along Lake Huron, 6 km of trails

131

Sulphur Spring

87 ha of hardwood forest, spring-fed streams and fen, 8 km of trails

132

A.W. Campbell

Maple Syrup Festival, swimming pool, spacious serviced campsites, playground, mature woodlots

133

Highland Glen

Lake Huron beach access, boat ramp, MacKay Pay

134

Lorne C. Henderson

Swimming pool, playground equipment, wildlife ponds, great trail loop

135

Warwick

Large, well-treed campsites, swimming pool, playground equipment, great day use area

136

Wawanosh Wetlands

Birdwatching, memorial forest, wetland, trails

137

Fanshawe

570 campsites, reservoir, camper programs, pool for camper use, trails, day use area, splash pad, canoe and kayak rentals

138

Pittock

250 campsites, 10 km hiking/biking trails, free day use area, spray pad, 18-hole disc golf, canoe/kayak rentals, beach volleyball, special events and educational programs

139

Wildwood

413 campsites, 4 back country campsites, 3 group campsites, day use facility rental, 30 km hiking/biking trails, day use area, canoe, kayak, paddle board and mountain/fat bike rentals


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HIKING Good for the body and mind


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Ontario’s Conservation Areas are home to

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HIKING CHECKLIST It doesn’t matter if you’re out on the trails for an hour or on an intense day hike. Be prepared for anything with these essentials:

Hiking backpack

281 - Gillies Lake

Weather-appropriate clothing Hiking boots or shoes Food and water Sunscreen Trail maps

76 - Valens Lake


ACCESSIBILITY AT CONSERVATION AREAS

6 - Rock Glen

14 - Hillman Marsh

81 - Backus Heritage

218 - Crowe Bridge


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254 - Foley Mountain

Conservation Authorities are committed to creating and providing inclusive programs, services and spaces for Ontarians to experience and enjoy. Check out these accessible Conservation Areas trails:

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Rock Glen

109

Binbrook

204

Bruce’s Mill

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Springwater

135

Warwick

218

Crowe Bridge

14

Hillman Marsh

139

Wildwood

221

Bleasdell Boulder

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Inglis Falls

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Heber Down

232

Morris Island

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Crawford Lake

150

Island Lake

250

Cooper Marsh

70

Fifty Point

160

Ganaraska Forest

254

Foley Mountain

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Dalewood

170

Ken Reid

275

Cascades

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Backus Heritage

Tiffin Centre

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Gillies Lake

Jackson Creek Trail

285

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Lake Laurentian

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Fort Creek

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Longwoods Road Falls Reserve


DID YOU KNOW? The sun’s rays are the strongest between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

SUN SAFETY Tips to minimize sun exposure SEEK SHADE Relax under a tree at a Conservation Area, take an umbrella to the beach, eat at a covered picnic table. TIP: If your shadow is shorter than you, this means the sun’s rays are at its strongest.

COVER UP You don’t need to bare all to stay cool! Clothing can protect you from sun exposure – cover up as much skin as you can with clothing that is made of tightly woven fabric or buy clothing labeled with a UPF (UV protection factor). And, don’t forget your hat!

WEAR SUNGLASSES Sunglasses make a great addition to any look, but make sure you choose close-fitting ones with UVA and UVB protection in a wraparound style.

USE SUNSCREEN PROPERLY Lather up! Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to any uncovered skin. Sunscreen absorbs UV rays and prevents them from penetrating the skin. Wear waterresistant sunscreen or reapply if you’re going in the water.

Get more sun safety tips from the Canadian Cancer Society: www.cancer.ca


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BE TICK SMART Prevention is better than cure! >> Check your clothes for ticks – they

If you love being outdoors, you’ve probably heard of Lyme disease, which is an inflammatory infection that spreads to humans through tick bites. But, by taking the right precautions you can protect yourself from Lyme disease.

will climb upwards until they find an area of exposed skin.

>> Wear light-coloured clothing to make it easier to spot ticks.

>> Walk on pathways or trails when

Take these steps to protect your health

possible staying in the middle. Avoid low-lying brush or long grass.

>> Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.

Tuck your pants into your socks to prevent ticks from getting inside your pants.

MYTH All Lyme victims develop a “bull’s eye” rash

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>> Apply insect repellent to your skin and clothing, especially at the openings such as ankle, wrist and neck.

TRUTH Although rashes are fairly common, only 30% of Lyme patients report experiencing a rash, and only 9% develop the classic “bull’s eye” rash

HIGH-RISK AREA FOR TICKS

Wooded areas Nature parks Grassy fields Beaches

Learn more at the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation: www.canlyme.com


CAMPING

CAMPFIRE TALES Tents, campfires, s’mores, hotdogs, starry nights, sing-alongs, quality time, laughter, family and friends – this is the making of a great camping weekend. There are 8,088 Conservation Area campsites to choose from across Ontario. Create lasting memories, book a campsite!

Discover Falls Reserve camping reservations available | hiking and biking trails | excellent fishing stocked pond | seasonal sites available

80900 Falls Reserve Line, Benmiller 1-877-325-5722 • mvca.on.ca


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FIREWOOD ALERT Campsites are located in natural areas that protect fragile plants and wildlife, and firewood is one of the easiest ways for insects to travel. Dormant insects or eggs can be moved via firewood from infested trees. Prevent the spread of infestations and disease

>> Don’t move firewood >> Buy firewood from the Conservation Area you’re visiting

BUG OFF! Being outdoors requires us to share nature with wildlife, including bugs. Most insects mind their business, but mosquitoes, black flies and ticks can be a nuisance, ruining a good time. Keep pesky bugs away

>> Use bug spray >> Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants (or

TRAIL SNACK

No Bake, Apple Cookies Try a great alternative to store bought cookies. Whip up this quick, tasty and healthy snack the next time you go camping or anytime. 1 apple 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup almonds, sliced 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped 1/4 cup shredded coconut

clothing with insect repellent in the fabric)

1/4 cup chocolate chips

position strategically

Slice apple into thin rings and remove core. Spread peanut butter over one side of ring. Top with almonds, walnuts, coconut, and chocolate chips. Enjoy!

>> Light candles and mosquito coils,

>> Pack mosquito head nets and a screen tent, for when the going gets tough

Credit: www.rachelschultz.com

LET’S PICNIC Many Conservation Areas provide covered and uncovered picnic areas, or find a nice shaded spot on the grass and enjoy your delicious eats.


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GREAT LAKES We love our Great Lakes!

DID YOU KNOW? Ontario’s watersheds are nestled into the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin Conservation Authorities programs and activities help Ontario to protect the important resources within the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River,

and their watersheds. This area is rich with forests, wetlands, rivers, streams, aquifers, and plants and animals that supply us with water for drinking, manufacturing, agriculture, energy production, fishing, food processing and many other uses. We are also drawn to these waters for recreational activities such as swimming, boating, camping and picnicking.

Camp St. Clair Family Campgrounds www.scrca.on.ca

overnight and seasonal sites swimming pools playground equipment nature trails


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GREAT LAKES FACTS More than

80% of

Ontarians

+4,000 Species of

get their drinking water from

Lakes Superior, Huron, Erie & Ontario

Plants, Fish & Wildlife in the

Great Lakes Basin

= 20% FRESH almost of the

WORLD’S SURFACE

WATER

NEARSHORE MONITORING

Ontario has over

10,000km of

Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River shoreline

Great Lakes waters replenish

S L O W L Y AT A RATE OF

<1%

PER YEAR

THROW IT IN THE TRASH

The nearshore is a dynamic area that stretches from the beach through the shallow water. It is an area where people and nature intersect regularly. We monitor the nearshore environment to ensure the health and integrity of this important ecosystem.

The five most common items found on the Great Lakes shorelines are:

1. Tiny plastic or foam 2. Cigarette butts 3. Plastic beverage bottles 4. Food wrappers 5. Plastic bottle caps

DRINKING WATER SOURCE PROTECTION IN ONTARIO The Clean Water Act, 2006 is part of the multi-barrier approach to ensure clean, safe and sustainable drinking water for Ontarians, by protecting sources of municipal drinking water such as lakes, rivers and well water. As you travel across Ontario, you will notice Drinking Water Protection Zone road signs, which raise awareness about protecting our drinking water sources. Learn more at www.protectingwatermatters.ca.


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Lake Simcoe

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Barrie

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Newmarket

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Port Hope

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CENTRAL ONTARIO

CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 1

GANARASKA REGION

CREDIT VALLEY

CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

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Bowmanville/Westside Marshes Provincially Significant Coastal Wetlands on Lake Ontario, connects to waterfront trail

141

Crow's Pass

Enjoy a 3 km trail on the crest of the Oak Ridges Moraine and roadside parking only

142

Enniskillen

Headwaters of Bowmanville Creek, mixed forest on Oak Ridges Moraine, ponds, 3 km of trails

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Heber Down

Provincially Significant Wetland, mixed forest, Lynde Creek, fishing pond, 7.5 km of trails

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Long Sault

Headwaters of Bowmanville Creek, mixed forest, 18 km trails, connects Oak Ridges Trail

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Lynde Shores

Provincially Significant Coastal Wetlands, Lake Ontario shoreline, connects to waterfront trail

146

Purple Woods

Spring Maple Syrup Festival, 1.8 km of hiking trails, connects to Oak Ridges Trail

147

Stephen's Gulch

Forested Soper Creek valley and 3 km of hiking trails

148

Belfountain

Niagara Escarpment river valley, suspension bridge, waterfall, historic sites, cold water fishery

149

Elora Cataract Trailway

47 km year-round trail, multi-use, non-motorized in summer, links watersheds of Credit and Grand

150

Island Lake

Maple Syrup Festival, headwaters, lakeside trail, waterfront amphitheatre, groups, boat rentals

151

Ken Whillans R.M.A.

Niagara Escarpment fishing for Trout/Bass, access to Caledon Trailway, canoe/kayak rentals

152

Limehouse

Black Creek, Niagara Escarpment outcrops, mature forests, Bruce Trail, heritage lime kilns

153

Meadowvale

Diverse plant life, birdwatching, hiking, heritage sites, access to Culham Trail

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Rattray Marsh

Lake Ontario shoreline, shingle bar beach, significant wetland, waterfront trail, birdwatching

155

Silver Creek

Niagara Escarpment, mature forest, wildlife, Bruce Trail

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Terra Cotta

Maple Syrup Festival, Niagara Escarpment, forest, wetland, Bruce Trail, pond skating, amphitheatre

157

Upper Credit

Credit River, significant wetland, hiking trail (*trails not maintained in winter)

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Ball's Mill

Cobourg Creek, natural area, pond, dam

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Cobourg

Cobourg Creek, open recreation field

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Ganaraska Forest Centre

Treetop Trekking Ganaraska, Maple Syrup Festival, Oak Ridges Moraine, first Canadian watershed to be studied, 11,000-acre multi-use forest and facility

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Ganaraska Millennium

Ganaraska River, wetland, hiking trail

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Garden Hill

Eastern headwaters of Ganaraska River, Oak Ridges Moraine, spring-fed pond

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Port Hope

Ganaraska River, fish ladder/dam

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Rice Lake

Oak Ridges Moraine, Rice Lake, Class 2 wetlands, Environmentally Significant Area

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Richardson's Lookout

Great views of Oak Ridges Moraine and Lake Ontario

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Sylvan Glen

Ganaraska River, natural area

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Thurne Parks

Wilmot Creek, natural area


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FLOOD WATCH FLOOD MESSAGES  NORMAL Conditions are within normal limits. No flooding is expected.

 WATER SAFETY STATEMENT High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.

 FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.

 FLOOD WATCH Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.

 FLOOD WARNING Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

FLOOD WARNING

DID YOU KNOW? Conservation Authorities protect people and minimize property damage from flooding and erosion.


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Flooding is the leading cause of public emergency in Ontario. Conservation Authorities prevent flood damages by:

>> Monitoring conditions >> Computer modeling and forecasting flooding

>> Issuing of flood messages >> Regulating of development in flood-prone areas

>> Providing planning support

and advice to municipalities to minimize the impact of flooding

>> Acquiring flood-prone lands >> Protecting significant ecosystems such

as wetlands and forests that help to control flooding and educating the public

FLOOD MESSAGES

PROTECT YOURSELF

What if a flood message is issued for your area?

Keep a safe distance from the banks of lakes, rivers and reservoirs during flood incidents.

1. Take heed of the message issued 2. Be prepared to follow the instructions of emergency response officials

GET THE SCOOP Stay up-to-date on flood messaging for your watershed through your local Conservation Authority and municipality websites, news outlets and social media.


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WETLANDS DISCOVER FOUR TYPES OF WETLANDS IN ONTARIO

>> Marshes, which usually have open

areas of water with floating plants, like water lilies and emergent plants (standing above the water) like cattails

>> Bogs are peat-covered areas low in nutrient and strongly acidic

>> Fens are also often found on peat, but are less acidic and richer in nutrients than bogs

>> Swamps, which are dominated by trees or shrubs

Wetland benefits include: preventing flood damage, improving water quality, water storage in times of drought, giving wildlife a home, providing valuable economic products like timber and furbearers, as well as recreational opportunities like birdwatching, fishing and nature appreciation.


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Luther Marsh Grand River Conservation Authority Wainfleet Bog Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Wawanosh Wetlands St. Clair Region Conservation Authority

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Rattray Marsh Credit Valley Conservation Authority Minesing Wetlands Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority Morris Island Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority Cooper Marsh Raisin Region Conservation Authority

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CENTRAL ONTARIO

CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 2

NOTTAWASAGA VALLEY

LAKE SIMCOE REGION

KAWARTHA

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

168

Durham East Cross Forest

Horseback riding, headwaters of East Cross Creek, Oak Ridges Moraine Natural Core Area

169

Fleetwood Creek N.A.

Fleetwood Creek headwaters, lowland forests, meadows, steep valley slopes, scenic lookout

170

Ken Reid

Sturgeon Lake, McLaren Creek Wetland, osprey nest, mix of forest and meadow, off-leash dog park

171

Pigeon River Headwaters

Mix of mature hardwood forests, open meadows, wetlands, river

172

Windy Ridge

Pigeon River and Fleetwood Creek, wetland, view of Omemee Esker and Oak Ridges Moraine

173

Mabel Davis

Holland River, Nokiidaa/Tom Taylor Trail

174

Rogers Reservoir

Natural area with forests, wetlands, and the East Holland River, the Nokiidaa Trail, and a historic site containing locks, canal and swing bridge

175

Scanlon Creek

Trails and boardwalk through forests and wetlands, off-leash dog park, Discovery Play Garden

176

Sheppard's Bush

Mature sugar bush located in the Holland River Valley, soccer fields, trail link to the Oak Ridges Trail

177

Thornton Bales

Rugged natural area along Oak Ridges Moraine that connects to the Koffler-Bales Side Trail (ORT)

178

Whitchurch

Wooded area, pond, birding, picnic pavilion, connected to large York Region Forest tract

179

Willow Beach

Lake Simcoe shoreline, sandy beach

180

Edenvale

Site of historic Glengarry Landing, boat ramp to Nottawasaga River, pavilion

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Fort Willow

National Historic Site, interpretive panels highlighting strategic War of 1812 military outpost, pavilion

182

Glencairn

Natural area with old growth cedars, located along Mad River

183

Minesing Wetlands

World-class wetland featuring diverse wetland/forest habitats, major waterfowl staging area

184

New Lowell

Beach area on 40-acre reservoir and seasonal camping

185

Nottawasaga Bluffs

Scenic hiking area along Niagara Escarpment and Bruce Trail including the Keyhole Side Trail, cliff, forest and meadow habitats

186

Osprey Wetlands

Natural wilderness area that serves as a headwaters to the Mad, Saugeen, Grand and Beaver rivers

187

Petun

Scenic hiking along Niagara Escarpment and Bruce Trail

188

Tiffin Centre

Forested hiking trails, disc-golf course, annual Maple Syrup Festival, day camp program, wedding and event venue

189

Tottenham

Family-friendly park, walking trails, beach on large reservoir, waterfowl viewing

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Utopia

Picturesque old mill, gentle hiking trails, wetland area

150 - Island Lake

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ADVENTURE AWAITS AT CONSERVATION AREAS If you’re after fun and thrilling experiences at Conservation Areas, we’ve got you covered! Whether on land or water, there’s something for everyone, from mountain biking to tubing and everything in-between.

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NOTTAWASAGA ...Naturally World-class wetlands, Niagara Escarpment trails & family-friendly parks Enjoy year-round outdoor recreation & events at NVCA’s Conservation Areas! Tiffin Centre, Minesing Wetlands, Nottawasaga Bluffs, Petun, Fort Willow, Glencairn, New Lowell, Edenvale, Utopia

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Mountain Biking at Kelso/Glen Eden

Wild Waterworks

Treetop Trekking at Heart Lake

Swimming at Charlottenburgh Park

Geocaching at South Nation Conservation Lands

Tubing at Elora Gorge

Equipment rentals are available at many Conservation Areas.


CENTRAL ONTARIO

CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 3

TORONTO AND REGION

OTONABEE

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

191

Beavermead Campground

Camping in the heart of Peterborough; close to downtown and access to trails

192

Gannon's Narrows

Forested trail along Trent-Severn Waterway shoreline, pond, parking

193

Harold Town

Peterborough's premier mountain biking area, drumlin is predominent feature

194

Hope Mill

Circa 1835 operational water-powered sawmill, woodworking tool collection, children's workshop, lumber sales

195

Imagine the Marsh

Provincially Significant Wetland along Lakefield Trail and viewing tower

196

Jackson Creek Trail

4 km walking/cycling trail, part of The Great Trail, goes through wetland/woodland

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Miller Creek Wildlife Area

Provincially Significant Wetland, viewing tower, linear trail for discovery of wetland complex

198

Selwyn Beach

Sandy beach, picnic areas, boat launch, group camping, access to Chemong Lake

199

Squirrel Creek

Access to Otonabee River (Trent-Severn Waterway), boat launch, baseball field rentals, picnic areas

200

Warsaw Caves

Hiking trails feature limestone caves, kettles, scenic lookout, family camping, comfort station

201

Albion Hills

Caledon Hills, Humber River/Centreville Creek, Bruce Trail, Pool and Splash Pad

202

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Restored buildings, water-powered grist mill, meeting rooms

203

Boyd

Scenic Humber River Valley, 19 picnic areas, shelters, woodland trails

204

Bruce's Mill

Historic mill, Maple Syrup Festival, driving range, Treetop Trekking, picnic areas

205

Claireville

Claireville dam and reservoir, hiking and nature viewing

206

Glen Haffy

Stocked trout ponds, tackle, no fishing licence required, Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Trail

207

Heart Lake

Boathouse and boat rentals, fishing, pool and splash pad, fitness trail, picnic areas

208

Indian Line Campground

Humber River, Claireville Reservoir, close to Toronto with good highway access

209

Kortright Centre

Humber River, sugar bush, large education centre, exhibits, special events

210

Petticoat Creek

Petticoat Creek, Lake Ontario, waterfront bluffs and trail, swimming pool and splash pad

200 - Warsaw Caves

204 - Bruce's Mill


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Explore 75 km of trails throughout the Moira River, Napanee Region, and Prince Edward Region Watersheds

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DOGS ON LEASH

Dog walking is one of the many activities that Conservation Areas users enjoy. Dogs are welcomed at Conservation Areas, but for the safety of visitors and your pet, they must be kept on leash at all times, with the exception of designated off-leash areas. Also, please remember to dispose of all pet waste in garbage bins. Help to keep it safe and clean for everyone!

PLAN AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR PET 1. Keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times. 2. Stay on marked trails to minimize the impacts to our environment. 3. There are natural risks to your pet from steep drops, encounters with wildlife and being in unfamiliar surroundings with new smells. 4. Be aware that there are diseases which naturally affect our native wildlife and can pose a risk to dogs. 5. Your dog may be friendly, but not all visitors like dogs and some may be afraid of them. Please be respectful of fellow visitors.

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Howlers Corners Ken Reid Conservation Area

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Scanlon Creek Bark Park Scanlon Creek Conservation Area

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Pooch Path Potter's Creek Conservation Area

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Rainbow Lake Loop Hersey Lake Conservation Area


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EASTERN ONTARIO

CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 1

LOWER TRENT

CROWE VALLEY

CATARAQUI REGION

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

211

Gould Lake

Rugged Canadian Shield, old mica mines, small lake for canoeing and fishing, Rideau Trail

212

Lemoine Point

Over 2,000 ft of Lake Ontario waterfront, wildflowers

213

Little Cataraqui Creek

Sugar bush, Outdoor Education Centre, summer day camp, Class 2 wetland, moraines

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Lyn Valley

Local swimming hole located in a worked-out gravel pit

215

Mac Johnson W.A.

Activity and educational centre, large wetlands, Trumpeter swans

216

Parrott's Bay

Class 3 wetland, scenic views of bay

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Callaghan's Rapids

Limestone bedrock river, caves, sink holes, rapids

218

Crowe Bridge

River, rapids, rolling terrain, scenic lookouts

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Gut

Breathtaking scenic gorge, rapids, trails, lookout

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McGeachie

Newly developed walking trails, hardwood forest, rental cottage, beaver pond, stream

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Bleasdell Boulder

Site of one of the largest glacial erratics in North America

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Glen Miller

Access to Trent River shoreline, boat launch

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Goodrich-Loomis

Cold water stream, 12 km of trails, prairie remnants, Oak Savanna, conservation centre

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Haldimand

View and access to Lake Ontario, canoeing/kayaking

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King's Mill

Site of former grist mill; mill still standing, Squire Creek and wetland

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Proctor Park

Proctor House Museum, mature maple/beech forest and cedar swamp, cold water stream

227

Sager

Drumlin is one of the highest points in the area, scenic lookout, tower

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Seymour

Woodland, stream, swamps on limestone plain, limestone quarry, annual fishing day

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Trenton Greenbelt

Waterfront trail, access to Trent River, shoreline, boat launch

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Warkworth

Warkworth Flood Control Dam, Mill Creek

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INDIGENOUS HISTORY AT CONSERVATION AREAS


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DID YOU KNOW? Ska-Nah-Doht is from the Oneida word Ska na: tote and it means "a village stands again"

SKA-NAH-DOHT VILLAGE AND MUSEUM The Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum, located in the Longwoods Road Conservation Area, is an interactive museum that engages the public in the preservation and presentation of local First Nations history. It features a two-acre Haudenosaunee village reflective of settlements found along the river 1,000 years ago. This village, created with the information gathered by archaeologists and shared by First Nations Traditional Knowledge Keepers, offers tours, workshops and a glimpse into the life of the areas earliest farmers. In the 1980s, archaeologists excavated two settlements in Longwoods, dating back to the same time period depicted through Ska-Nah-Doht. Artifacts from those digs are exhibited along with nature and conservation displays. The museum is located in the Resource Centre and also includes a gift shop featuring local First Nations beadwork, leather crafts and stained glass.


State-of-the-art Deer Clan Longhouse features seasonal exhibits that explore contemporary Indigenous art and culture.

EXPERIENCE A 15TH CENTURY VILLAGE At Crawford Lake Conservation Area, you can visit the reconstructed 15th century longhouses and explore local history. From 1973 to 1987, excavations uncovered 11 longhouses on the site and over 10,000 artifacts from the day-to-day lives of the people who once lived in the village. Three of the longhouses have been reconstructed based on the archaeological findings. Wander around the village and learn about what daily life was like over 600 years ago through Interpretive programs, including simulated digs and fire starting demonstrations. The state-ofthe-art Deer Clan Longhouse features seasonal exhibits that explore contemporary Indigenous art and culture. Longhouse tours are offered on weekdays.


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59 - Crawford Lake

WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S A MEROMICTIC LAKE? Crawford Lake is a meromictic lake. Meaning that the lake is deeper than its surface area, so the lowest levels of water are very rarely disturbed, and little oxygen reaches the lowest levels. Researchers and scientists found ancient corn pollen deep in the sediment of the lake. The presence of corn indicated that First Nations groups settled in this area over 600 years ago. Today, enjoy a stroll around the lake on the boardwalk and contemplate how science and natural history brought us to the park we have today.


EASTERN ONTARIO

CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 2

RAISIN REGION

QUINTE

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

231

Mill of Kintail

Museum/historical building, McKenzie/Naismith collection, Indian River, education programming, summer day camps

232

Morris Island

Picturesque islands and bays on the Ottawa River, fishing platforms, trails

233

Purdon

16,000 Showy Lady Slipper Orchids, wetlands, hiking, lookouts, interpretive trails

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Beaver Meadow W.M.A.

Wetland/woodland, wildlife management area, water control weir built in 1982

235

Deerock

Remains of old mill dam, picnic tables, Skootamatta River

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Depot Lakes

Fishing, interior and seasonal camping, 3,000-acres, 9 km of trails, 3 lakes, significant bog

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Harry Smith

Surrounded on 3 sides by 25 m escarpment

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H.J. McFarland

183 m shoreline on Picton Bay, boat launch, seasonal parking, washrooms

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H.R. Frink O.E.C.

Provincially Significant Wetland with boardwalk, 13 km trails, Moira River, drumlin

240

Little Bluff

18 m bluff, pebble beach, 915 m on Prince Edward Bay, remains of 1860s-90s grain bin

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Macaulay Mountain

Lowland, stand of hemlock, steep escarpment, alvar, mixed forest

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Massassauga Point

1,200 m of shoreline fronting on the Bay of Quinte, alvar, Bur Oak Savanna, boat launch

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O'Hara Mill Pioneer Village

9 pioneer buildings, 1850s sawmill, historic mill pond, picnic tables, Deer Creek

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Portland

56 scenic acres, picnic shelter, year-round parking, portage to Hambly Lake

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Potter's Creek

Bay of Quinte, Potter Creek, 6 km of trails, Quinte Conservation office

246

Rutherford-Stevens Lookout

Panoramic scenic lookout of Smith's Bay and Waupoos Island

247

Sheffield

Scenic area of Canadian Shield, 5 lakes, 4 km of rugged trails, 1,000-acres, seasonal parking

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Vanderwater

Series of small steps rapids, Moira River, 15 km of trails

249

Charlottenburgh Park

Provincially Significant Wetland, Lake St. Francis, mixed forest, meadows, beach, interpretive signage

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Cooper Marsh & Visitors Centre

Provincially Significant Wetland, Lake St. Francis, mixed forest, meadows

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Gray's Creek & Marina Complex

Grey's Creek/St. Lawrence River access, marina, winter activity centre, model aircraft runway

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Conservation Authorities tackle a number of invasive species that pose a growing threat to Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy and native biodiversity. Invasive species damage important natural ecosystems such as wetlands, forests, lakes, rivers and streams, and threaten agricultural practices, infrastructure, tourism, fisheries, and water quality and quantity.

DID YOU KNOW? 15 Conservation Authorities are members of the Ontario Invading Species Awareness Program Conservation Authorities address invasive species with the following programs:

>> Watershed plans >> Habitat restoration and rehabilitation >> Forest management, tree and shrub planting

>> Natural heritage/invasive species strategies

>> Water quality and quantity programs >> Natural lands management >> Community outreach and education >> Monitoring and reporting >> Technical advice

The Blanding's Turtle is listed as threatened on the Species at Risk in Ontario list.


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CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 3

SOUTH NATION

RIDEAU VALLEY

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UNIQUE FEATURES

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Baxter

Sandy beach, picnic areas, 5 km of trails adjacent to the Rideau River, mature nut grove

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Chapman Mills

Boardwalk trail through wetland and shoreline along the Rideau River

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Foley Mountain

Scenic lookout atop granite ridge, natural swimming area, 10 km hiking trails, beautiful fall colours

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Meisel Woods

Forested trail around secluded lake with scenic lookouts

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Mill Pond

Enjoy peaceful paddles on Mill Pond, 6 km of wilderness trails, sugar bush

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Perth Wildlife Reserve

257 ha wildlife reserve, 3.5 km interpretive trails, butterfly gardens, Provincially Significant Wetland

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Portland Bay

Park and picnic area on Big Rideau Lake

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Richmond

Large picnic area with dock to launch canoes and kayaks for a quiet trip on the Jock River

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Rideau Ferry Yacht Club

Lower Rideau Lake waterfront, sandy beach, large picnic area, boat launch, fishing derbies

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W.A. Taylor

Rideau River waterfront, boat launch, large picnic area, fishing derbies

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Cass Bridge

South Nation River, dock, picnic tables, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play structure, geocache, ice cream shop nearby

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Findlay Creek

400 m boardwalk through a Provincially Significant Wetland

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High Falls

South Nation River, dock, picnic shelter, fishing, geocache

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J. Henry Tweed

Beautiful nature trail, stream running through park, old growth trees, geocache

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Jessup's Falls

South Nation River, geocache, trilliums and crocuses, raspberry and blackberry bushes

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McIntosh Park

Urban park featuring large picnic shelter and trail system

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Oak Valley Pioneer Park

One of Ontario's three butternut archives, over 25 species of trees and shrubs, picnic shelter

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Reveler

3.2 km of nature trails, birdwatching, geocache

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Robert Graham

6.5 km serene nature trail, abundant wildlife, geocache

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St. Albert

South Nation River, fishing derbies, nature trails, geocache

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Two Creeks Forest

4 km of nature trail to explore by foot, ski, or snowshoes, marsh boardwalk, active forest management

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Warwick Forest

3.5 km nature trail to explore by foot, horseback, ski, or sled, geocache

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W.E. Burton

Castor River, pine forest, nature trails, geocache

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There are many great fishing spots at Conservation Areas to reel in a big catch. Help ensure the protection of fisheries, wildlife and enjoyment by other users by practicing responsible fishing.

1. Keep fishing areas clean

Learn more about fishing in Ontario from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at www.ontario.ca.

7. Provide proper care and handling of the fish you catch

2. Consider other anglers and waterfront users 3. Know where you can fish legally 4. Understand your rights as an angler 5. Prevent the spread of invasive species 6. Share your knowledge and enjoyment of the sport

DID YOU KNOW? You can participate in the Learn to Fish program at Heart Lake Conservation Area


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A bit of cold weather and snow shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the outdoors. There are so many fun activities to enjoy at Conservation Areas during the winter months and it’s a great time to try something new... like snowshoeing or ice fishing. While some Conservation Areas are not operational during the winter months, there are still many where you can enjoy your favourite outdoor activities. ON ICE ACTIVITIES

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>> Ice fishing >> Ice skating

ON TRAIL ACTIVITIES

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>> Hiking >> Running >> Fat biking >> Cross-country skiing >> Snowboarding >> Snowshoeing >> Ice climbing >> Winter camping >> Seasonal events


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CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 1

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Cascades

Kilometre-long rapids, rock outcrops, Current River, poplar and birch forest

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Hazelwood Lake

3 km2 lake, rolling hills, mixed forest, fishing, canoeing

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Hurkett Cove

On shallow water bay of Lake Superior, sandspit, large wetland, excellent birdwatching

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Little Trout Bay

Secluded, sheltered bay on Lake Superior, high ridge with lookout and trail, fishing, launch

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Mission Island Marsh

Large shoreline wetland, man-made wetland lagoons, scenic lake view, bird rarities and migration, study kit

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Silver Harbour

Lake Superior, scenic view, old quarry, boat access

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Gillies Lake

Large urban lake, parkland, trails, beach, marshlands

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Hersey Lake

Kettle lakes, sandy uplands, bog ecosystems, beach, extensive trail system

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Mountjoy Historical

River views and access, parkland, trails, picnicking

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White Waterfront

Lake access, extensive marshlands, parkland, picnicking, beach, wildlife viewing

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Lake Laurentian

Many wetland areas, excellent lookouts, 4-season trails, 950 ha, environmental education

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CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES - CHART 2

SAULT STE. MARIE REGION

NORTH BAY - MATTAWA

# CONSERVATION AREA

UNIQUE FEATURES

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Corbeil

La Vase River headwaters, mixed forest, wetlands

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Eau Claire Gorge

Eau Claire Gorge, Amable du Fond River, historical logger's shanty

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Elks Lodge Family Park

South shore of Dugas Bay, access to Trout Lake, historical portage route linking Trout Lake/Lake Nipissing

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La Vase Portage

Provincially Significant Wetland, historical portage route

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Laurentian Escarpment

North Bay Escarpment, chalet, downhill ski, snowboard, mountain bike, Natural Classroom

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Laurier Woods

Lookout overlooking the wetland area

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Mattawa Island

Natural recreation area on the Mattawa River, finish of Mattawa River Canoe Race

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Papineau Lake

Public access to Papineau Lake, boat launch and dock

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Powassan Mountain (The Pines)

Spectacular views from the top of Powassan Mountain

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Fort Creek

Fort Creek Dam and reservoir, Algonquin terrain, Korah Bench, John Roswell Hub Trail

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Gros Cap

Gros Cap Batholith, Lake Superior views, rare plants

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Hiawatha Highlands

Canadian Shield, sugar bush, Red Pine plantation, pioneer farm

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Marks Bay

St. Marys River Shoreline, wetlands, rare plants, unsupervised beach

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Shore Ridges

Nipissing Ridge, St. Marys River shoreline, beach ridge, wetlands complex

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LESS SCREEN TIME & MORE GREEN TIME Recent reports indicate that excessive screen time is having negative health impacts on children. They are spending less time playing outside and more time indoors, sedentary and screen-based. The Ontario Student Health survey reports that students in grades seven to 12 are spending up to seven hours a day on screens, more than three and a half times the recommended limit of two hours per day.

Spending so much time on smartphones, video games, tablets, computers and televisions affects:

>> Disrupts eating habits >> Displaces physical activities >> Limits childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opportunities to interact with each other

>> Increases the incidence of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression

Researchers agree that spending time in nature and being active outdoors is beneficial to childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physical and mental health, and helps improve their resiliency, academic performance and social skills. Time spent exploring in nature evokes curiosity and a sense of wonder. With less time spent outside in nature, children are losing opportunities to learn, explore, discover and understand our natural environment.

WAYS TO HELP KIDS CONNECT TO NATURE

>> Set up a bird feeder on the balcony or in the backyard

>> Collect some colourful fall leaves and pinecones for crafts

>> Discover Conservation Area trails and explore them year-round

>> Join a local nature club >> Plan a scavenger hunt, join a geocaching group or enroll in outdoor education

>> Volunteer with a nature organization, or submit nature photos to contests

Credit: Nature Canada, The Health Impacts of Too Much Screen Time


DID YOU KNOW?

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Conservation Authorities operate 38 interpretive centres, 22 are permanent and the remainder seasonal.

OUTDOOR EDUCATION AT CONSERVATION AREAS Conservation Authority Education Programs meet Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curriculum standards and focus on environmental issues that are important today. Education programs are delivered to more than 320,000 students across Ontario annually, and complement and enhance classroom learning by providing students with hands-on activities and experiences. Education programs and services offer unique learning opportunities to schools and community groups within your watershed.

SCHOOL PROGRAMMING Curriculum-connected programs and services for K-12 students and teachers.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING A wide array of learning opportunities for children, youth and adults in areas where they live, work and play.

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ON THE ROCKS DID YOU KNOW? Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area is one of the most popular rock climbing spots in Ontario.


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At Rattlesnake Point, there are three designated sites with more than 235 routes where experienced rock climbers can scale challenging cliffs under a canopy of rich woods. You can also rock climb at Kelso and Mt. Nemo. Equipment: Helmet, harness, climbing shoes, ropes and protection devices to ensure safe climbing Beginners: Lessons should be taken from a certified professional 39 - Bruce's Caves

SPELUNKING AKA CAVING Get your headlamp ready! There are many impressive caves to explore at Conservation Areas. Don’t be afraid to get down, low and a bit dirty while caving, and bring a headlamp or flashlight. 39

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These caves derive their significance from the unique formations found along the escarpment face. These caves were formed by the wave action of post-glacial Lake Algonquin, 7,000 to 8,000 years ago. Karsts are geological formations including underground drainage, caves and passages caused by dissolving rock, found in limestone formations like the Niagara Escarpment. The Eramosa Karst contains examples of 16 different karst features.

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Warsaw Caves Conservation Area A series of seven caves are located in the park. The caves were formed thousands of years ago at the end of the last ice age by the rushing melt waters of a glacier that covered Ontario.

CAVING SAFETY TIPS 1. Never go caving alone 2. Stay out of caves that are flood-prone 3. Avoid piles of rubble or anything that looks unstable 200 - Warsaw Caves


WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY It’s very common to capture experiences and to share them online, and we agree Conservation Areas are beautiful and provide the perfect backdrop. As you collect memories keep these tips in mind.

GET THE SHOT WITHOUT DISTURBING NATURE 1. Don’t bait and feed wildlife to get their attention

4. Don’t introduce non-native species to Conservation Areas (refer to #3)

2. Don’t trample sensitive habitat to get the perfect photo – stay on marked trails

5. Don’t cause traffic jams on roadways to get the perfect shot – it’s unsafe

3. Don’t “dress” nature, it’s beautiful already, photograph as is

6. Don’t get too close to animals 7. Don’t use bird call recordings to get birds to come closer

Share your images on social media with #StepIntoNature and #HealthyHikes

challenge yourself. Explore the Ganaraska Forest from above. treetoptrekking.com/ganaraska grca.on.ca/forest


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SWIM SAFETY PARENTS YOU ARE YOUR CHILDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LIFEGUARD! Always watch your children when they are near water or swimming. Drowning can happen in seconds and it is silent. For non-swimmers, have them wear a lifejacket and make sure you are within arm's reach of them.

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If they are strong swimmers, watch for changes in behavior or if they are struggling. Drowning is silent so they are not likely to call for help. Be their lifeguard. Be attentive. Put your book or phone down and keep your eyes on them at all times.

ALWAYS SWIM WITH A BUDDY Even strong swimmers can get into trouble. Never swim alone. Always have someone with you to watch you and be ready to get help if you get into trouble. Drowning is silent and it can happen in seconds.

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SUPPORT YOUR WATERSHED BE AN ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARD Conservation Authorities provide enriching opportunities for everyone to get involved in activities happening in and around their watershed.

GET INVOLVED

VOLUNTEER

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Lend a hand and help with a Conservation Area clean up or tree planting event.

Get social at events such as guided hikes, Yoga in the Park, water festivals, holiday or seasonal events or workshops offered at Conservation Areas.

DONATE

TREE PLANTING

Recognize the great work of your local Conservation Authority with a donation. Every dollar goes towards keeping your watershed healthy.

DID YOU KNOW? Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 36 Conservation Authorities plant almost 2 million trees annually.


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BENEFITS OF TREES Research has linked trees to the following benefits

Protecting Biodiversity

Reducing Obesity Levels

Managing Stormwater

Increasing Property Value

Reducing Stress

Filtering Pollution

Cooling City Streets

Reducing Rates Of Cardiac Disease, Strokes and Asthma Due to Improved Air Quality

JOIN THE COUNT BioBlitz events bring together taxonomic experts, citizen scientists and the general public to inventory all species (plants, animals, fungi and more) in a particular area over a 24-hour period.

CITIZEN SCIENCE APPS TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY AND MONITOR WILDLIFE 1. EDDMaps Ontario Report invasive species 2. iNaturalist Explore ecosystems from around the world 3. Leafsnap Guide to more than 130 Ontario trees

4. Ontario Reptile &

Amphibian Atlas Report sightings of turtles, frogs, salamanders, snakes and lizards 5. eBird Real-time online checklist that includes birds from around the world 6. Journey North Monitor the Monarch migration 7. Bumble Bee Watch Tracks North American bumble bees


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STEP INTO NATURE Where: Your local Conservation Area

Visit a Conservation Area

Snap a fun selfie or nature image

Share it using the hashtags #StepIntoNature & #HealthyHikes

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