There are 15 conservation areas and trails for you to discover throughout our watershed from urban, accessible paved multi-use trails to rugged, wilderness trails and nature preserves.   

Conservation Areas encourage people to get outdoors and be active, as well as enjoy and appreciate nature! They provide outdoor recreational opportunities for people of all ages and a range of abilities, including picnicking, geocaching, bird-watching, boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, cycling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. Although some Conservation Areas have limited access in order to protect sensitive lands and/or wildlife, many provide important public recreational opportunities at no cost.

When you visit our Conservation Areas, remember...

  • Our Conservation Areas protect forests, wetlands, plant life and wildlife, and improve the overall health of our watersheds, including the quality and supply of our water resources such as recharge areas. It’s important to stay on the trail and not pick any plants or trees.
  • Dogs are allowed in Conservation Areas provided they are leashed. Please help us keep Conservation Areas clean by picking up and disposing of pet waste.
  • Be bear aware!  Be sure to pay attention when you're on the trails for wildlife, particularly in the fall when they're foraging in preparation for hibernation.  Be sure to place your garbage in the bear-proof garbage cans. If you see a bear in a conservation area, please let us know. 705 474-5420.  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have helpful hints on living in bear country and dealing with bear encounters. BearAware.
Conservation Area Trail Maps
You'll find trail maps for 10 of our conservation areas below, as well as on the pages related to each of the areas. 
Enjoy your visit and share your photos on social media! @theNBMCA.

Service Disruptions

During COVID-19 - Effective May 15, 2020

All but one of NBMCA’s conservation areas and boat launches will be officially open Saturday, May 16 for passive use while a few amenities, such as washrooms, will remain closed.

Mattawa Island remains closed to limit access to the basketball court, beach and other amenities in that particular conservation area.

 We remind you to respect the Public Health requirement for physical distancing (at least 2 meters between people) as well as the laws surrounding poop and scoop and keeping your dogs on a leash.  

For an up-to-date list of our trail closures, visit the Service Disruptions page for details.