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Central Lake Ontario Conservation

Advancing watershed health through engagement, science

and conservation since 1958.

Current Flood Status
Conservation Authorities are under fire!

The provincial government tabled Bill 229 and hidden inside is Schedule 6 with with proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act that will reduce our ability to protect sensitive natural areas, and keep people and property safe from natural hazards. You can help! Click here.

Maple Syrup online store

A variety of locally produced maple products, including our very own maple syrup from the sugar maple trees at Purple Woods Conservation Area!

Conservation Kids!

Bring the outdoors in and explore the exciting world of nature through crafts, experiments, games and stories.  Check out our Conservation Kids page

Current News and Events


Lynde Shores Conservation Area is expanding!

A construction project is underway at Lynde Shores Conservation Area to provide:

  • 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

The work is a project of the Region of Durham and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA). Grading work will be completed during the fall and winter, with completion of the project scheduled for late summer 2021. No trail closures are anticipated, but please be aware of construction in the Area, and stay out of the fenced construction zone.

For more information, please contact CLOCA:

Perry Sisson, Director of Engineering and Field Operations; 905-579-0411, ext. 118


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...


Purple Woods Maple Syrup products now available online!

Central Lake Ontario Conservation has launched its first ever online store for purchasing our maple syrup and maple syrup products. Despite the cancellation of our 45th Annual Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival this year due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, we continued to collect our maple sap through our automated system. Our maple syrup is available in 1/2-, 1-, 2- and 4-litre sizes (it stores well in your freezer, too). Check out our online store for more details.


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!

Healthy watersheds for today and tomorrow.

Our watershed is located on the traditional territory of the Williams Treaties First Nations, the Chippewas of Beausoleil, Georgina Island and Rama and the Mississaugas of Alderville, Curve lake, Hiawatha, Scugog Island. 

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Central Lake Ontario Conservation is a

non-profit agency and registered charity: BN: 106887102RR0001

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100 Whiting Avenue, Oshawa, ON L1H 3T3

Email:, Phone: 905-579-0411