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Ontario's Conservation Areas Visitor Guide

More than 300 Conservation Areas just waiting to be explored. Maps, natural and cultural features, attractions, tips, and more!

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Conservation Areas Map

Use our map to locate more than 300 Conservation Areas across Ontario. Plan your trip to any of Ontario's Conservation Areas based on Location, Activity, Facilities, Accessibility and more.

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Join the Healthy Hikes challenge and take a hike at a Conservation Area near you!

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Show us what you’ve been up to! Share your memories with us by uploading photos of hikes, wildlife, vistas, camping trips, selfies, and any other incredible outdoor adventures at Conservation Areas.

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Springwater Conservation Area

Springwater Conservation Area

The Springwater Forest is the most popular with three main trails to discover covering eight kilometres...

Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities own and protect a total of 150,000 hectares.

This includes forests, wetlands, areas of natural and scientific interest, recreational lands, natural heritage and cultural sites, as well as, land for flood and erosion control.

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There are more than 300 Conservation Areas across Ontario waiting to be explored. Plan your visit and #StepIntoNature #Healthy Hikes!

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Healthy Hikes

Every year, Conservation Ontario’s Healthy Hikes campaign runs from the first Monday in May to October 31.

The campaign encourages Ontarians to #StepIntoNature at Conservation Areas to experience the full physical and mental health benefits of nature.

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Rockwood Conservation Area

Rockwood Conservation Area

With towering limestone cliffs, caves and glacial potholes, it’s no wonder that Rockwood Conservation Area is…

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

For all you nature lovers who are looking for a quick escape from your busy lives,…

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

From bold-faced cliffs to beautiful views of the escarpment, Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area offers a fun…

Old Baldy Conservation Area

Old Baldy Conservation Area

Looking for a different kind of adventure? If you love hiking and rock climbing, Old Baldy…

Eramosa Karst Conservation Area

Eramosa Karst Conservation Area

At Eramosa Karst Conservation Area, the park is filled with treasures including forests, meadows and underground streams.

Bruce's Mill Conservation Area

Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area

Looking for a fun place for a family outing? Head out to Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville…

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INCREASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Engaging in outdoor activities such as biking, hiking or walking in nature can promote physical exercise, which is known to positively affect mental health by releasing endorphins and improving overall well-being. 🚵‍♀️

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ENHANCED COGNITIVE FUNCTION: Studies have found that exposure to nature can improve cognitive function, including attention, memory, and creativity, leading to better mental clarity and focus.

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IMPROVED MOOD: Being in natural environments can boost serotonin levels, the “feel-good” neurotransmitter, which can enhance mood and promote feelings of happiness and well-being.

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IMPROVED MOOD: Being in natural environments can boost serotonin levels, the "feel-good" neurotransmitter, which can enhance mood and promote feelings of happiness and well-being. 📍Find a Conservation Area #StepIntoNature #HealthyHikes ...#MentalHealthWeek

STRESS REDUCTION: Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, the stress hormone, leading to decreased feelings of anxiety and tension.

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Did You Know?

Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and psychological well-being.

Time in nature can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood.

Time spent in nature and being active outdoors is beneficial to children’s health and overall well-being, and helps improve their resiliency, academic performance, and social skills.

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