Conservation Areas


Some of the land that we purchase has great potential for outdoor recreation. In many cases, lands which were purchased for water management or environmental protection purposes are now also used for recreation. Conservation lands that have developed facilities such as trails and picnic areas are generally referred to as conservation areas.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 our conservation area amenities are closed until further notice. This includes: benches, beaches, pavilions, picnic areas, picnic tables, shelters, Washrooms/privies, the Outdoor Centre at Little Cataraqui Creek and the Nature Centre at the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area. Trails are open for passive use at some areas, please see below for details. Parking lots in certain areas will be reduced to limit visitor volume, please park in designated areas and adhere to no-parking signage (particularly at entrances, access roads and along municipal roads).  

The CRCA has seven developed conservation areas:

Before conservation areas are developed, the CRCA carries out a resource inventory to determine what special features and sensitive areas are present on the property. Then a master plan is developed.

A new master plan for Mac Johnson Wildlife Area was approved by the CRCA in 2007. View the plan »

A master plan for Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area was approved by the CRCA in 2009. View the plan »

An updated master plan for Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area was approved by the CRCA in 2012. View the plan »

Equipment and Facility Rentals

Some of our conservation areas have equipment and facilities available for rent. Click on the links below for more information:

Many of our conservation areas can be booked for special events. Please click on the individual conservation area pages for more information.