Ontario’s Protected Areas

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Conservation Areas


Provincial Parks


National Parks

In Ontario there are 654 national and provincial protected areas that cover a total of 10,854,466 hectares. That’s about 10% of the province and our goal is to visit as many of them as possible! We’ve already been to a few, but we are planning on adding to our list each year as we venture out to enjoy our favourite pastime – camping. With so many to visit, this will definitely be a long-term project.

We will be posting about each parks’ setup and services, their available trails and activities both in and near the park, whenever possible. We will let you know about the pros and the cons, things you might need to consider, suggestions on things to do, and our basic feel of the park overall.

You should expect to see some fantastic photographs from each area, videos, sound files and such to help you get a feeling for each park.

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We look forward to checking each park off our list and answering any questions you may have.

Check out the links below.


* CA = Conservation Area   *HMA = Habitat Management Area   *NA = Natural Area
*NHA = Natural Heritage Area *NR = Nature Reserve

Ausable Bayfield                                              Conservation Authority:

Ausable River Cut CA
Bannockburn CA
Clinton CA
Morrison Dam CA
Parkhill CA
Rock Glen CA

Central Lake Ontario                                                     Conservation Authority:
Enniskillen CA
Heber Down CA
Long Sault CA
Purple Wood CA
Stephen’s Gulch CA

Essex Region                                                              Conservation Authority:
Cedar Creek CA
Devonwood CA
Hillman Marsh CA
Kopegaron Woods CA
Maidstone CA
McAuliffe Woods CA
Ruscom Shores CA
The Chrylser Canada Greenway
Tremblay Beach CA
White Sands CA

Grey Sauble                                                     Conservation Authority:
Bruce’s Caves CA
Eugenia Falls Ca
Feversham Gorge CA
Hibou CA
Indian Falls CA
Inglis Falls Arboretum
Inglis Falls CA
Pottawatomi / Jones Falls CA
Spirit Rock CA

Kawartha                                                           Conservation Authority:
Durham East Cross Forest CA
Fleetwood Creek NA
Ken Reid CA
Pigeon River Headwaters CA
Windy Ridge CA

Lakehead Region                                             Conservation Authority:
Cascades CA
Hazelwood Lake CA

Lower Trent                                                         Conservation Authority:
Bleasdell Boulder CA
Glen Miller CA
Goodrich-Loomis CA
King’s Mill CA
Proctor Park CA
Sager CA
Deymour CA
Trenton Greenbelt CA
Warkworth CA

Mississippi Valley                                             Conservation Authority:
Mill of Kintail CA
Morris Island CA
Purdon CA

North Bay – Mattawa                                             Conservation Authority:
Corbeil CA
Eau Claire Gorge CA
Elks Lodge Family Park
La Vase Portage CA
Laurentian Escarpment CA
Mattawa Island CA
Papineau Lake CA
Powassan Mountain CA
Laurier Woods CA

Quinte                                                                Conservation Authority:
Beaver Meadow Wildlife MA
Depot Lakes CA
H.R. Frink Outdoor EC
Harry Smith CA
Macaulay Mountain CA
Napanee CA
O’Hara Mill Pioneer Village
Portland CA
Price CA
Rutherford-Steven Lookout
Sheffield CA
Vanderwater CA

Saugeen                                                          Conservation Authority:
Allan Park CA
Denny’s Dam CA
Durham CA
Saugeen Bluffs CA
Sulphur Springs CA

St. Clair                                                       Conservation Authority:
A.W. Campbell CA
Bridgeview CA
C. J. McEwen CA
Centennial Park, Strathroy
Clark Wright CA
Coldstream CA
Crothers CA
Esli Dodge CA
Highland Glen CA
Keith McLean CA
Lorne C. Henderson C
Marthaville HMA
McKeough CA
Moore HMA
Peers Wetland
Perch Creek HMA
Shetland CA
Strathroy CA
Warwick CA
Wawanosh CA
Cataraqui Region                                             Conservation Authority:
Lemoine Point CA
Gould Lake CA
Little Cataraqui Creek CA
Lyn Valley CA
Mac Johnson CA
Parrott’s Bay CA

Credit Valley                                                     Conservation Authority:
Belfountain CA
Elora Cataract Trailway
Island Lake CA
Ken Whillans Resource MA
Limehouse CA
Meadowvale CA
Rattray Marsh CA
Silver Creek CA
Terra Cotta CA
Upper Credit CA

Ganaraska                                                  Conservation Authority:
Ganaraska Forest CA
Ganaraska Millenium CA
Garden Hill CA
Port Hope CA
Rice Lake CA
Richardson’s Lookout CA
Sylvan Glen CA

Halton                                                              Conservation Authority:
Crawford Lake CA
Hilton Falls CA
Kelso / Glen Eden CA
Mount Nemo CA
Mountsberg CA
Rattlesnake Point CA

Kettle Creek                                                       Conservation Authority:
Dalewood CA
Lake Whittaker CA

Long Point Region                                             Conservation Authority:
Backus Heritage CA
Deer Creek CA
Hay Creek CA
Waterford North CA

Maitland Valley                                             Conservation Authority:
Falls Reserve CA
Naftel’s Creek CA
Wawanosh Park CA
Wawanosh Valley CA

Niagara Peninsula                                             Conservation Authority:
Ball’s Falls Heritage CA
Beamer Memorial CA
Binbrook CA
Chippawa Creek CA
Comfort Maple CA
Long Beach CA
Mud Lake CA
St. John’s CA
Stevensville CA
Wainfleet Bog CA
Wainfleet Wetlands CA
Woodend CA

Nottawasaga Valley                                             Conservation Authority:
Edenvale CA
Fort Willow CA
Glencairn CA
Minesing Wetlands CA
New Lowell CA
Nottawasaga Bluffs CA
Osprey Wetlands CA
Petun CA
Tiffin Centre CA
Tottenham CA
Utopia CA

Raisin Region                                             Conservation Authority:
Charlottenburgh Park
Cooper Marsh CA
Gray’s Creek CA

Sault Ste Marie                                              Conservation Authority:
Fort Creek CA
Gros Cap CA
Hiawatha Highlands CA
Marks Bay CA
Shore Ridges CA

Toronto and Region                                             Conservation Authority:
Albion Hills CA
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Boyd CA
Bruce’s Mill CA
Glen Haffy CA
Heart Lake CA
Indian Line CA
Kortright Centre CA
Petticoat Creek CA

Catfish Creek                                             Conservation Authority:
Archie Coulter CA
Springwater CA
Yarmouth NHA

Crowe Valley                                              Conservation Authority:
Callaghan’s Rapids CA
Crowe Bridge CA
McGeachie CA
The Gut CA

Grand River                                                      Conservation Authority:
Belwood Lake CA
Brant CA
Byng Island CA
Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail
Conestogo Lake CA
Elora Cataract Trailway
Elora Gorge CA
Elora Quarry CA
Guelph Lake CA
Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail
Laurel Creek CA
Luther Marsh CA
Pinehurst Lake CA
Rockwood CA
S.C. Johnson Trail
Shade’s Mill CA

Hamilton                                                          Conservation Authority:
Chippawa Trail – Hamilton to Caledonia
Christie Lake CA
Confederation Park
Dofasco 2000 Trail
Dundas Valley CA
Fifty Point CA
Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail
Lafarge 2000 Trail
Spencer Gorge / Webster’s Falls
Valens CA
Westfield Heritage Village
Wild Waterworks

Lake Simcoe Region                                             Conservation Authority:
Mabel Davis CA
Rogers Reservoir CA
Scanion Creek CA
Sheppard’s Bush CA
Thornton Bales CA
Whitchurch CA
Willow Beach CA

Lower Thames Valley                                             Conservation Authority:
Big Bend CA
Big O CA
C.M. Wilson Ca
Dutton / Dunwich CA
E.M. Warwick CA
Lighthouse CA
Longwoods Road CA
McGeachy Pond CA

Mosa Forest & Fennel Property                        Conservation Authority:
Sharon Creek CA
Two Creeks CA

Mattagami Region                                             Conservation Authority:
Gillies Lake CA
Hersey Lake CA
Mountjoy Historical CA
White Waterfront CA

Nickel District                                             Conservation Authority:
Lake Laurentian CA

Otonabee                                                         Conservation Authority:
Hope Mill CA
Imagine the Marsh CA
Jackson Creek Kiwanis Trail
Miller Creek Wildlife Area
Selwyn CA
Squirrel Creek CA
Warsaw Caves CA

Rideau Valley                                             Conservation Authority:
Baxter CA
Chapman Mills CA
Foley Mountain CA
Meisel Woods CA
Mill Pond CA
Perth Wildlife Reserve
Portland Bay CA
Rideau Ferry CA
W.A. Taylor CA

South Nation                                             Conservation Authority:
Cass Bridge CA
High Falls CA
J. Henry Tweed CA
Jessup’s Falls CA
St. Albert CA
W.E. Burton CA

Upper Thames River                                             Conservation Authority:
Fanshawe CA
Pittock CA
Wildwood CA
Southwestern Ontario
Operating Parks:

John E. Pearce
Long Point
MacGregor Point
Point Farms
Port Bruce
Port Burwell
Rock Point
Sauble Falls
Turkey Point

Southwestern Ontario
Non-Operating Parks:

Bayview Escarpment
Black Creek
Cabot Head
Devil’s Glen
Duncan Escarpment
East Sister Island
Fish Point
Hope Bay Forest
Ira Lake
James N. Allan
Johnston Harbour-Pine Tree Point
Lighthouse Point
Lion’s Head
Little Cove
Morris Tract
Noisy River
Nottawasaga Lookout
Ojibway Praire
Pretty River Valley
Short Hills
Smoky Head-White Bluff
Trillium Woods

Central Ontario
Operating Parks:

Bass Lake
Bronte Creek
Earl Rowe
Forks of the Credit
Mono Cliffs
Sibbald Point
Six Mile Lake
Sturgeon Bay

Central Ontario
Non-Operating Parks:

Beattie Pinery
Boyne Valley
Duclos Point
Gibson River
Hardy Lake
Hockley Valley
Holland Landing Prairie
Limestone Islands
Magnetwawan River
Noganosh Lake
O’Donnell Point
Round Lake
Waubashene Beaches

Eastern Ontario
Operating Parks:

Balsalm Lake
Bon Echo
Charleston Lake
Kawartha Highlands
Lake on the Mountain
Lake St. Peter
Mark S. Burnham
Murphy’s Point
North Beach
Rideau River
Sharbot Lake
Silent Lake
Silver Lake

Eastern Ontario
Non-Operating Parks:

Alexander Stewart
Amable Du Fond River
Bell Bay
Big East River
Bigwind Lake
Bonnechere River
Burnt Lands
Centennial Lake
Dividing Lake
Egan Chutes
Indian Point
J. Albert Bauer
Lower Madawaska River
Menzel Centennial
Opeongo River
Ottawa River
Puzzle Lake
Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands
Stoco Fen
Timber Island
Upper Madawaska
Wolf Island


Northern Ontario
Operating Parks:

Batchawana Bay
Biscotasi Lake
Blue Lake
Caliper Lake
Esker Lakes
Finlayson Point
French River
Fushimi Lake
Grundy Lake
Halfway Lake
Ivanhoe Lake
Kakabeka Falls
Kettle Lakes
Lake Superior
Makobe-Grays River
Marten River
Misery Bay
Obabika River
Ouimet Canyon
Pancake Bay
Pigeon River
Rainbow Falls
Rene Brunelle
Rushing River
Samuel De Champlain
Sandbar Lake
Sioux Narrows
Sleeping Giant
Spanish River
Sturgeon River
Wakami Lake
White Lake
Windy Lake
Woodland Caribou

Northern Ontario
Non-Operating Parks:

Adam Creek
Agassiz Peatlands
Albany River
Albert Lake Mesa
Alexander Lake
Algoma Headwaters
Arrow Lake
Arrowhead Peninsula
Aubinadong River
Aubinagond-Nushatogaini Rivers
Aubrey Falls
Black Sturgeon River
Blind River
Blue Jay Creek
Bonheur River Kame
Brightsand River
Butler Lake
Castle Creek
Cavern Lake
Coral Rapids
Craig’s Pit
Cranberry Lake
Dana-Howsey Lakes
Devon Road Mesa
Divide Ridge
Eagle Dogtooth
East English River
Edward Island
Englehart River Fine Sand Plain & Waterway
Fawn River
Five Mile Lake
Fraleigh Lake
Frederick House Lake
Gem Lake Maple Bedrock
Goulais River
Grassy River-Mond Lake Lowlands & Ferris Lake Uplands
Gravel River
Gull River
Hannah Bay Bird Sanctuary
Hicks-oke Bog
Jocko Rivers
Kabitotikwai River
Kama Hills
Kopka River
La Cloche
La Motte
La Verendrye River
Lake Abitibi Islands
Lake Nipigon
Lake of the Woods
Larder Lake Addition
Larder River Waterway
Le Pate
Little Abitibi
Little Current River
Little Greenwater Lake
Little White River
Livingstone Point
Lola Lake

Macmurchy Township End Moraine
Manitou Islands
Mattagami River Beach & Aeolian Deposit
Mattawa River
Maynard Lake
Minnitaki Kames
Mississagi Delta
Mississagi River
Montreal River
Nagagami Lake
Nakina Moraine
North Channel Inshore
North Driftwood River
Ogoki River
Otaskwin-Attawapiskat River
Pantagruel Creek
Pichogen River Mixed Forest
Pipestone River
Polar Bear
Porphyry Island
Prairie River Mouth
Puff Island
Pukaskwa River
Pushkin Hills
Red Sucker Point
Ruby Lake
Sandpoint Island
Sandy Islands
Sauble Islands NR
Schreiber Channel
Sedgman Lake
Severn River
Sextant Rapids
Shallow River
Shesheeb Bay
Silver Falls
Slate Islands
South Bay
Spruce Islands
St. Raphael Lake
Temagami River
The Shoals
Thompson Island
Tide Lake
Trout Lake
Turtle River-White Otter Lake
W.J.B. Greenwood
Wenebegon River
West Bay
West English River
West Montreal River
West Sandy Island
Widdifield Forest
Wildgoose Outwash Deposit
Williams Island
Windigo Bay
Windigo Point
Winisk River
Winnange Lake
Women River Forest

National Parks of Ontario:

Bruce Peninsula
Fathom Five Marine
Georgian Bay Islands
Point Pelee
St. Lawrence Islands