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Elora Gorge Conservation Area

Towering limestone cliffs and a scenic waterfall, with a century-old grist mill perched precariously on the brink, all the hallmarks of the famous Elora Gorge. Located about one hour west of Toronto, and just north of Guelph, Elora Gorge Conservation Area has been providing fantastic camping, hiking and outdoor recreation opportunities for more than 50 years. The Conservation Area is one of 12 operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority. Its most unique attribute is definitely the natural tubing run down the river, through challenging swifts and rapids, and ending in a leisurely "lazy river ride" to the take-out point. Miles of scenic hiking trails, natural lake swimming and more than 450 serviced and unserviced campsites await your family at Elora Gorge.  
Phone: (519) 846-9742
Campsites: 1-866-ONT-CAMP
Website: http://www.grandriver.ca/index/document.cfm?Sec=27&Sub1=124


Baxter Conservation Area

This 68 hectare property includes open fields, conifer plantations, mixed forest, alder thickets, Rideau River shoreline and marsh. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall ... Baxter has it All! The site is open daily, year round for self guided nature trails and unique boardwalk and wetland vistas.

The beautiful sandy beach on the Rideau River is complemented by picnic areas a large picnic shelter, change and washrooms. A variety of nature trails include the Filmore R. Park Nut Grove; the Community Wildflower Garden; the Solar Power project as well as beautiful boardwalk and wetland vistas.

Baxter Interpretive Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 and is a host to education programs, day camps and several special programs.

For more information call: 489-3592


Rock Glen Conservation Area


Ausable Bayfield


Rock Glen Conservation Area
, Arkona, is a gorgeous, 27-hectare park known worldwide for Devonian-era fossil deposits, its fossil and indigenous artifact collection at Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre, significant Carolinian forest and breathtaking Rock Glen Falls. Enjoy scenic lookouts, picnic pavilions and playground. Museum, washroom and some trails are wheelchair-accessible. Rock Glen Falls, the natural fossil site of scientific interest and the museum have been featured on several television shows. There are stairs, boardwalks and bridge allowing visitors to safely explore the steep sides of the glen and the 10-metre-high waterfall just upstream of the Ausable River. Visitors and amateur archaelogists from all parts of North America have found many fossils in the exposed beds dating back 350 million years. Scientific names for these ancient treasures include crinoids, brachiopods and trilobites. Two picnic pavilions can be reserved for groups or family reunions.

Location: 8680 Rock Glen Rd, Arkona, Lambton Shores

Telephone: 519-828-3071

Driving Directions: From Sarnia or London take Exit #44 off the 402 to Arkona on Cty Rd #79. Park is located on Rock Glen Road, two (2) kilometres outside of Arkona.

Ausable Bayfield
Conservation Authority

71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON N0M 1S5
519-235-2610 Toll-free 1-888-286-2610




Valens Conservation Area

John Burns Memorial Fishing Derby July 14th 2007
This is a great opportunity for both serious anglers and families to enjoy Valens’ fantastic fishing and celebrate Ontario Family Fishing Weekend. Catch the Big One and win great prizes for children and adults! Prizes will be awarded for the largest northern pike, largemouth bass and, for children, panfish. Bait and boat rentals are available. For more information visit our website or call 905-525-2183.

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