There are 15 conservation areas and trails for you to discover throughout out 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.
Seasonal Amenities
The public is welcome to visit NBMCA's conservation areas throughout the fall, winter and spring.  Each season offers a unique outdoor experience in every conservation area.  It's important to dress accordingly, wear proper footwear for the ground conditions, and stay off lakes, rivers and ponds during freeze up and thaws when ice conditions are questionable.
NBMCA does not provide maintenance within the conservation areas in the off-season, so we close the following amenities until the spring:
  • Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area: gates and washroom closed.
  • Elks Beach Conservation Area: washrooms and gates closed.
  • Kate Pace Way & Kinsmen Trail: no snow removal or maintenance in the winter.
  • LaVase Portages Conservation Area: gates closed.
  • Mattawa Island Conservation Area: washrooms closed.
  • Papineau Lake Conservation Area: dock removed. Re-installed next spring.