All of our conservation areas are open everyday from 8 am to 6 pm throughout the holidays and all winter, and are free to use! The trails are ungroomed and multi-use, available for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking.
Fleetwood Creek Natural Area
Thinning of Red Pine plantations in Fleetwood Creek is underway, and expected to continue through January. The East and West Forest trails will have limited access while the thinning is taking place.
Some of the trees are being removed to enhance overall forest health and wildlife habitat. Opening the pine canopy will allow the natural regeneration of native tree species, including White Pine, Sugar Maple, Black Cherry, and American Beech.
The road to the parking lots are not maintained, and the parking lot gate for the Valley Trail is now closed. Access is still possible by foot, snowshoe, and cross country skis.
Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area
The south parking lot is now closed for the winter, but the north parking lot, at 4560 Devitts Road, is open.
The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) will have a groomed trail through the conservation area. All snowmobiles must have an OFSC permit and stay on the OFSC marked trail.
Ken Reid Conservation Area
The main parking lot, across from the Administrative Centre, is open and plowed all winter. It also provides easy access to Howlers Corners Off-Leash Dog Park.
Windy Ridge Conservation Area
The parking lot remains open throughout the winter. Enjoy a hike to the lookout where you can see across the Fleetwood Creek wetlands to the Oak Ridges Moraine and Omemee Esker.
Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area
Access to the conservation area is limited as it is on an unassumed road. The parking lot is now closed. Access is still possible by foot, snowshoe, or cross-country ski.