Service Disruptions at Conservation Areas & Trails During COVID-19 - Effective April 20, 2021

Eau Claire Gorge, Elks Beach and La Vase Portages Conservation Areas are now open to the public.  Papineau Lake dock has not yet been installed.  We hope to put in the Papineau Lake dock before the May long weekend.

During the Emergency Stay-at-home order, the public is welcome to walk the trails at area conservation areas that are open; however physical distancing (maintaining a distance of 2 meters from other family/household groups) is expected.  Face coverings when physical distancing can't be maintained is required.

Brochures will not be stocked at conservation areas during COVID-19.  Maps and information for many of NBMCA’s conservation areas are available on-line at

Thank you for your understanding.  This page will be updated with any changes as the situation evolves.

We remind you to respect the Public Health requirement for physical distancing (at least 2 meters between people), remain with family/household members, and wear a mask if you cannot physically distance.  Please respect others by keeping your dogs on a leash, and cleaning up after your pet.   

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

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.