Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area

October 15, 2020 - New Trail Bridge Spring 2021 at Eau Claire Conservation Area! The bridge near the Gorge will be removed at the end of October. The trail will be closed until spring. To access the Gorge, follow the trail past the Historic Cabin.

As of October 16 the washrooms will be closed. The gate at Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area at Graham Road and Peddlers Drive will be closed at the end of October.



The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority continues to follow the guidance of the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and respond appropriately.  We continue to examine our business practices to find a balance between our social responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to deliver essential services.

*PLEASE NOTE: All Conservation Areas are open.  The washroom at Eau Claire Gorge is now open and sanitized twice daily (approx 6 am and 4 pm)  Washrooms at Mattawa Island and Elks Beach are closed.  The public is asked to practise physical distancing, maintaining a distance of 2 meters from other family/household groups on the trails.  The municipal tennis courts at Mattawa Island Conservation Area are now opened for singles play only.  Physical distancing and masks are required. 


The NBMCA offices in North Bay and Parry Sound are now closed to the public; however,  the majority of staff are working off-site and continue to provide service by phone or email.   Email addresses are available on the Staff Directory.


Temporary measures have been put in place for On-site Sewage System and Section 28 (DIA) Regulation Applications and Inspections.   Please see the link in the sidebar (Updated June 2, 2020).

For legal inquiries and reviews, we ask that all requests be submitted electronically, by email or fax listed on the sidebar.

If you are looking for information, applying for a permit, or requiring the service of NBMCA we ask you to call first to speak to a staff member. Call  North Bay 705-474-5420 and or Parry Sound 705-746-7566 leave a message on a staff member's voice mail (extensions are listed on the Staff Directory) Staff are retrieving their messages regularly.  You can also leave a message in the general delivery voicemailbox.   

Email:  North Bay Office - nbmca@nbmca.ca  or  Parry Sound Office- nbmca@nbmcaps.ca


NBMCA will be continuing its ongoing Flood Forecasting Program.   Should conditions warrant, NBMCA will continue to advise municipalities, emergency responders and the public of any potential flooding or flood safety issues.  Updates are posted on our website Flood Forecasting pages and on social media.


All of NBMCA’s conservation areas, beaches and boat launches are now open for passive use.  The public is asked to practice physical distancing and remain 2 meters apart from other family/household groups.  

NBMCA will continue to monitor the provincial phasing approach to opening up activities in the province and guidance from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and will consider opening additional washrooms in accordance with public health recommendations and provincial direction as well as NBMCA COVID-19 policies and protocols.​

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 https://www.nbmca.ca/conservation-areas-trails/find-a-conservation-area/

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


NBMCA Board Meetings are being held via Zoom and posted to YouTube.

*Mattawa River Canoe Race July 25, 2020 has been cancelled.

*Eau Claire Gorge Hike July 24, 2020 has been cancelled.

*Chippewa Creek EcoPath Fall Festival" has been cancelled.

The Natural Classroom is closed and will not be available for rental until further notice.