Have fun and stay safe when visiting our region’s conservation areas

Spend some time outdoors!

During the pandemic, conservation areas have offered a much-needed respite of peace and solace for nature seekers, but it is always vitally important to know how to keep your family and pets safe while you’re adventuring outdoors.

“The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority manages 11 conservation areas in the Nottawasaga Valley Watershed,” said Byron Wesson, Director of Conservation Services at NVCA. “In the winter, they are great places to hike, snowshoe, bird watch or simply explore. We’re asking visitors to be considerate to others, the natural areas and wildlife while they’re there.”

First off, dogs should be leashed while they explore the conservation areas and always be sure to clean up after them by dropping any bags into the available garbage cans. Another important note is that while it may be tempting to walk, skate, or play on some of the beautiful frozen ponds, rivers, and streams located in conservation areas, there are many factors that can make it unsafe even when the weather is extremely cold, so they are strictly off-limits. Finally, always follow the public health guidelines when visiting conservation areas including group gathering limits, social distancing, and wearing masks.

For more information about conservation areas in the region, you can visit the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authorities website or the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority website.