Things to Do

Hiking


When it is time to breathe some fresh air, there is nothing better than getting out and hiking one of the many scenic trails that are available within the Central Lake Ontario Conservation's numerous conservation areas. With over 30 km of trail between all the conservation areas, there is bound to be something of interest for everyone. The terrain and trail lengths vary considerably depending on where you choose to hike. Pick between leisurely strolls along the shores of Lake Ontario, or more rigorous terrain within the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine where links to the Oak Ridges Trail provide access to a much longer trail network. Please remember to protect nature by staying on the trails, obeying all trail signs, taking your garbage with you and by leaving all plants (and wildlife) for others to enjoy after you. Offered at all Conservation Areas , Accessible Trails




Dog Walking


Pets are permitted at most conservation areas, however for the enjoyment of everyone we do insist that pets be kept on a leash (maximum 2-m long) at all times, and that pet owners clean up after their pets. Keeping pets on a leash also helps to minimize the disturbance of sensitive wildlife. This pet policy is enforced through the Conservation Authorities Act, with fines being issued by Conservation Authority Enforcement Staff. Offered at all Conservation Areas except Lynde Shores




Picnicking


What better way to enjoy the summertime season than by having a picnic with family and friends? Many of the Conservation Areas managed by the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority offer facilities that cater to this popular summer pastime. Picnic tables are found in most of the conservation areas only a short distance from the parking areas. Or, for those wanting to get together with the extended family, a large group of friends, or to hold a corporate event, serviced picnicking areas are available on a reservation basis. Offered at Long Sault, Enniskillen, Heber Down, Lynde Shores




Canoeing


The provincially significant Lynde Creek Marsh at Lynde Shores Conservation Area is the only location where canoe/paddling opportunities are available within the Central Lake Ontario Conservation's lands. A seasonal canoe launch is located near the main parking lot off of Victoria Street. This seasonal canoe launch is open from July 15 to September 15. Canoeing/paddling is not permitted in this area during other times of the year in order to minimize the disturbance to wildlife that use this marsh during their sensitive breeding and migration periods. Offered at Lynde Shores




Wildlife Viewing


When you feel like it is time to get back to nature, there is no better place to go than a conservation area. If it is the birds and the bees, or the trees and the leaves that you are hoping to see, our conservation areas include a diverse array of wildlife habitats that are bound to leave even the most avid wildlife viewer in awe! From provincially significant coastal wetlands, to headwater tributaries in the midst of the provincially significant Oak Ridges Moraine, there is always something new to see at all times of the year. Visitors within our conservation areas are asked to stay on marked trails or within established activity areas in order to avoid disturbing the more sensitive portions of the areas that are not open to the public. For those who are keen on pursuing activities (whether its photography, bird watching, etc.) within the areas normally off limits to the public, they may apply for a Sensitive Areas Permit (no fee). An approved Sensitive Areas Permit gives the individual or group identified on the permit permission to access certain sensitive areas within the conservation area(s) for the purpose of carrying out their intended activities. This permit is designed to protect both the sensitive areas (and their wildlife) within conservation lands from unwarranted disturbances and to protect the individual or group from unnecessary prosecution or embarrassing situations. For those interesting species sightings both inside and outside of our conservation areas, please consider adding them to our Species Sightings Database. Groups involved in organized wildlife viewing within and outside of Central Lake Ontario Conservation: Durham Region Field Naturalists Pickering Field Naturalists Ontario Field Ornithologists Field Botanists of Ontario Hawk Watch Offered at all Conservation Areas




Nature Studies


The great outdoors is one of the world’s best classrooms and laboratories. That is why Central Lake Ontario Conservation is committed to supporting individuals or groups interested in carrying out nature studies within our conservation lands. Whether it is someone wanting to work on their personal plant and wildlife identification skills, a high school student or class wanting to collect data for a project, or a PhD student wanting to answer a very specific question through field research, conservation areas provide a rich diversity of habitats and vegetation communities within which to investigate the answers to many ecological questions. Those wanting to carry out their nature studies beyond the trail boundaries and established public activity areas are asked to apply for a Sensitive Areas Permit (no fee). An approved Sensitive Areas Permit gives the individual or group identified on the permit permission to access certain sensitive areas within the conservation area(s) for the purpose of carrying out their intended activities. This permit is designed to protect both the sensitive areas (and their wildlife) within conservation lands from unwarranted disturbances and to protect the individual or group from unnecessary prosecution or embarrassing situations. Sensitive Areas Permit holders are also asked to provide Central Lake Ontario Conservation with a copy of the information collected, or data generated, and a copy of any reports completed using information collected within our conservation lands. This information will be incorporated into our existing databases and will be used to help us better manage our conservation lands and our watersheds in the future. Offered at all Conservation Areas




Snowshoeing


Snowshoeing is another great way to enjoy a nice winter’s day while getting plenty of exercise. Long Sault Conservation Area provides over 18 km of marked trail. The wooded terrain offers rolling trails with lots of ups and downs, or gently sloped trails with straight sight lines. Something is available for all skill levels. Those taking advantage of snowshoeing opportunities should be aware that the trails are multi-use trails at all times of the year. When snowshoeing, please stay off the established cross-country ski track (if present) by only traveling along the side of the trail. Offered at all Conservation Areas




Geocaching


Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. Central Lake Ontario Conservation has multiple geocaches waiting to be found in various conservation areas. Those wanting to hide geocaches within conservation areas must place them within 2 meters of a designated trail manicured public area or parking lot. More information on geocaching is available at geocaching.com. Offered at all Conservation Areas




Mountain Biking


L ooking for a great way to stretch your legs and your lungs? Mountain biking at Long Sault Conservation Area is one way to get the exercise you are looking for. The Conservation Area has over 18 km of marked trail through wooded terrain that can offer an exciting ride for mountain bike enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. Choose from rolling trails with quick turns and lots of ups and downs, or gently sloped trails with straight sight lines. Bikers should be aware that the trails are open to multi-use activities. Bikers may encounter other users (e.g. hikers and their pets) at any point along the trail. Bikers should be conscious of their speed, particularly around sharp corners and along downhill sections. Alert any slower-moving trail users to your presence and then slow down and proceed with caution as you pass. If you are the first in a group, please let other trail users know how many are in your group. Offered at Long Sault, Enniskillen, Heber Down




Cross-country Skiing


What better way to enjoy a bright winter’s day than by gliding through a snowy forest on cross-country skis? Central Lake Ontario Conservation offers over 20 km of marked trail between both Long Sault Conservation Area and Enniskillen Conservation Area that are great for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers.The trails are not groomed and conditions are weather dependent.Skiers should be aware that the trails are multi-use trails at all times of the year. Therefore, skiers may encounter hikers (who are asked to walk to the side of the trail when skiing opportunities exist) on the trails in the winter months.​ Offered at Long Sault, Enniskillen




Fishing


Southern Ontario is known for having good fishing opportunities within many of the large creeks and rivers that empty into Lake Ontario. Many of the main creeks within the CLOCA watershed, including the Bowmanville, Oshawa and Lynde Creeks, pass through several of the conservation areas. Fishing is permitted within our conservation areas, but anglers are asked to please stay on the designated trails, to take their garbage with them, and to fish only at approved locations. Anglers should be aware that while fishing is permitted in some conservation areas, it is still regulated through the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, which includes the possession of a valid fishing license and respecting provincial catch limits. Check out the Fishing in Durham Map for more fishing locations. Offered at Enniskillen, Heber Down, Lynde Shores* *Fishing at Lynde Shores is limited to canoe fishing (Canoe launch open July 15 - Sept. 15). Streambank fishing is not allowed.





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