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Current News and Events
Lynde Shores Conservation Area is expanding!
A large constructed wetland to create additional habitat for wetland plants and wildlife
A new trail loop to provide a new visitor experience
A new Conservation Area entrance, parking lot and comfort station
SMART Watersheds' Project to Create Technology Ecosystem
Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) is excited to announce their SMART Watersheds Project, funded with the generous support of the RBC Tech for Nature program. This investment provides CLOCA with state-of-the-art technological tools to ensure a more comprehensive understanding of the watersheds within CLOCA's jurisdiction. Read more...
Conservation Areas are open and parking fees are in effect
Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures our Pay-and-Display parking metres no longer accept cash (coins). The flat rate fee of $6/vehicle/day can be paid by Visa and MasterCard only. Frequent users of our Conservation Areas, you may want to consider purchasing an annual Parking Pass. This pass grants you access and parking to any of our eight Conservation Areas for one year from the date of purchase. See you on the trails!
What to expect when you visit our Conservation Areas during the winter months
We would like to remind visitors to our Conservation Areas of the following changes during the winter months:
Winter Trail Maintenance
Due to the sensitivity and nature of many of our low-impact trails, we do not maintain our trail surfaces in winter. The equipment and application of salt and sand would impact negatively on the very natural features you come to see. We do remove hazards like trees if they block our trails, so please contact us at 905-579-0411 if you notice a trail blockage.
Parking fees are in effect and annual passes available for purchase. Each Conservation Area has a pay-and-display system for parking, and we have moved away from cash due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and offer credit card options. Participating local libraries offer free parking passes for borrowing on a weekly basis. The annual parking pass costs $75 and can be used at any of our eight Conservation Areas.
Dogs on Leash
Please make sure your dog is a 'B.A.R.K. Ranger' at our Conservation Areas when you visit:
B – Bag your poop (and take it with you for proper disposal)
A – Always on a leash (six feet [two metres] maximum)
R – Respect wildlife (give them there space; you are the visitor)
K - Know where you can go (which trails/areas are pet friendly)
There are dog off-leash areas managed by the local municipality located next to Heber Down Conservation Area and Bowmanville Westside Marsh Conservation Area.
Road and Entrance Closures
If you are visiting Heber Down Conservation Area, please note that the entrance located at 500 Lyndebrook Road has been closed and will reopen in May when weather and road maintenance activities allow. Please note you can still access the Conservation Area at the north entrance, located at 5000 Cochrane Street.
Check out our Read Before You Go section on our website for more information on what our Conservation Areas have to offer you this winter.
Hydro One trees and vegetation maintenance - Heber Down Conservation Area
In order to create a safe distance between vegetation and the power lines, Hydro One will remove trees and other vegetation that will pose a risk to the electricity system from approx. March 8-22, 2021. As part of this work, Hydro One will also support Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority’s work to increase biodiversity in the area by removing invasive species, such as buckthorn. Their work will reduce invasive species in the hydro corridor, and ensure that native species are permitted to grow and to provide habitat for wildlife. Read the full notice here.
Maple Syrup Festival cancelled for 2021
As we continue to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, and to keep our staff and visitors safe, we have made the decision to cancel our annual Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival for 2021. Our staff will still be tapping our suagr maple trees, collecting the sap and producing our wonderful maple syrup, which is available to purchase year-round from our online store!
CLOCA issues Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Around Waterways Hazardous Conditions on and Around Bodies of Water
Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) is reminding all watershed residents of the existing dangers near bodies of water as winter transitions to spring. We are urging everyone to keep friends, family and pets away from local creeks, wetlands, Lake Ontario and other waterways. Read more here.
Watershed Plans' Update
Central Lake Ontario Conservation has prepared updated Watershed Plans for the Lynde Creek, Oshawa Creek, Black / Harmony / Farewell Creek and Bowmanville / Soper Creek watersheds. These watershed plans represent a five-year update to existing watershed plans.