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Ken Reid Conservation Area

Whether you enjoy hiking, cycling or cross-country skiing, Ken Reid Conservation Area is a great place to spend the day. Groomed trails and child-friendly facilities provide a variety of ways for visitors of all ages to experience this natural setting.

Come and explore several loop trails that lead through picturesque forests, meadows and wetlands. A favourite route includes the floating boardwalk that winds through the MacLaren Creek Wetland bordering Sturgeon Lake. Here you can safely spot leopard frogs, red-bellied snakes and snapping turtles during the summer months.

Visitors pausing at the observation deck further along the trail may even catch a glimpse of the osprey on the nearby nesting platform. With so much to see and do, the Ken Reid Conservation Area will soon become your favourite getaway to nature at its best!

Visiting hours are 7am to 9pm, May through October and 8am to 6pm, November through April.

To learn more,
please visit our website at www.kawarthaconservation.com.


Holiday Beach Conservation Area

A great inexpensive family get-away for a day, or pitch a tent for a family vacation or even stay for the season. Over 500 acres on the shore of Lake Erie. More than 90 peaceful, treed campsites including serviced, unserviced and group sites and newly renovated comfort stations.

Bring your family to enjoy the beautiful sandy swimming beach, picnic areas with BBQs, playground, 45-foot viewing tower, nature trails and trout pond. This global Important Bird Area boasts spectacular fall migration of hawks, eagles, hummingbirds and dragonflies, just to name a few. Visit our Festival of Hawks in September for nature hikes, migration talks, family activities, and bird-in-the-hand banding demonstrations. You may even get the opportunity to release a hawk back into the wild!

Website: www.erca.org
Phone: 1-888-487-4760


Hillman Marsh Conservation Area

One of the premier areas for viewing marsh life, this 850-acre marsh is located on County Rd. 20 in Leamington approximately one hour south-west of London and boasts an amazing nature centre and more than 5 kilometres of nature trails that wind through this significant marsh.

The diverse habitats attract marsh, shore and field birds and a nesting pair of Bald Eagles. Over one hundred species of birds use Hillman as a migration stopover. A birding trail borders the managed Shorebird Habitat, where mud flats attract a wide variety of shorebirds, songbirds and waterfowl, including many rare species.

This site provides excellent birding in both spring and fall, or a great family opportunity to discover and enjoy nature. Visit the Shore and Songbird Celebration held annually on Mother’s Day weekend, where experts and novice birders alike can get up close with songbirds during the banding demonstrations.

Website: www.erca.org
Phone: 1-888-487-4760


Christie Lake Conservation Area


Welcome to Christie Lake Conservation Area, one of the most beautiful lake settings on the Niagara Escarpment, especially in the summer months. While visiting, explore the trails that wind for 10 kilometres through peaceful meadows and towering pine forests. Swimmers and sunbathers will enjoy Christie Lake's 360-metre sandy beach, and a chlorinated swimming area that is screened from the rest of the lake.

Christie Lake's nine ponds are stocked with rainbow trout from the last Saturday in April to early July, but you can catch fish well into September. Christie Lake can also be seen close up with a rowboat, canoe and kayak. Boats are available for rent. Christie Lake's idyllic natural setting makes it a great destination for all sizes of group and family picnics. There is plenty of parking, covered picnic pavilions, hundreds of picnic tables and grassy fields that are perfect for games, races or just relaxing.




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