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CLIMB THE ANCIENT GEOLOGY OF THE LAKE IROQUOIS SHORELINE

HEBER DOWN

CONSERVATION AREA

5000 COCHRANE ST

WHITBY

500 LYNDEBROOK RD

WHITBY

Leashed pets are welcome on all trails. Off-leash use is only permitted in fenced, off-leash dog pen (main entrance). Please remember to stoop and scoop.

AMENITIES

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ACTIVITIES

Hiking
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The Heber Down Conservation Area (284 hectares) offers a variety of activities for the recreation-minded. Fishing, nature walks, pond exploration on floating docks and picnicking are all popular activities with our visitors. More importantly, Heber Down Conservation Area preserves a portion of the significant Iroquois Beach physiographic unit and is home to a variety of wildlife and plants not common in Durham Region. 


The natural valley of the Lynde Creek bisects a portion of this Conservation Area and provides many scenic vistas for those enjoying the more than 5 km of trails that run through this property.  An accessible trail can be found at the main entrance in the shape of a maple leaf. 

Springs and seeps within the provincially significant Heber Down Wetland Complex provide important groundwater recharge to this branch of the Lynde Creek Watershed. This wetland complex also provides specialized habitat for many wildlife species that depend on large, treed wetland areas in order to carry out their breeding and feeding activities.

 

Have your cameras and phones ready for photos and videos as you never know what you might see.

AVENZA MAPS

A free, downloadable map is available for this conservation area through the Avenza Maps app. Once downloaded, this map can be used offline and will track your location within Heber Down Conservation Area using your device's GPS.  Offline location helps you stay on track, on the trail, and out of restricted areas. 

 

Download the free Avenza Maps App onto your device from The App Store or Google Play.  Allow your location to be known, create an account, and search "Heber Down".  To find all available Central Lake Ontario Conservation Maps, search "CLOCA". 

 

Download the maps you need so they are available offline anytime and you can stay safe and aware, even in the remotest of places.

 

CONSERVATION AREAS OPEN DAWN TO DUSK

TRAILS NOT MAINTAINED IN WINTER

MAINTAINED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Conservation Area
Trail Stewards (CATS)

Our Conservation Area Trail Stewards program was initiated in January 2020 in an effort to improve the experience for our visitors and help keep the wildlife safe and wild. Identified by their yellow 'Volunteer' vests, these trained volunteers visit our conservation areas at least once a month to engage and educate visitors, and maintain the trails. 

Main Entrance: 5000 Cochrane St., Whitby  
 
Secondary Seasonal Entrance (May - Oct):
500 Lyndebrook Rd., Whitby (entrance is open until Thanksgiving)  
Pay and Display Parking is in effect:
$3/hour or $6/vehicle/day at both entrances.
Winter Notice: Trails are not maintained in the winter.