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Parkhill Conservation Area

Visit the Scenic Lookout at Parkhill Conservation Area in Parkhill, Ontario, Canada.

Trails and conservation areas owned and/or managed by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) have been reopened to limited use. Remaining closed, until further notice, are conservation area buildings and museums, and privies. 

For current property status and updates please visit this web page:

For permitted and prohibited uses visit our Permitted Uses page:

Pictograms of permitted activities - Pending

Parkhill Conservation Area (Scenic Lookout and Boat Launch)

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Where is it?

Address: 32910 Centre Road, Parkhill, Ontario 

Open April to November, seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted

Brochure and trail map – Link pending

Recreational Trails 

There are no trails here but the scenic lookout offers a chance to stretch your legs and check out the view. 

Picnicking 

Parkhill Creek Conservation Area, Scenic Lookout and Boat Launch is a great place for a picnic. Pack your blanket and basket and enjoy some bird watching along the shores of the Parkhill Dam Reservoir. 

Fishing

Fishing is permitted in compliance with applicable legislation. Outdoor Cards and Fishing Licences can be purchased from Service Ontario and other licence issuers. Please release any fish caught out of season.
You may find a number of native species in the Parkhill Dam Reservoir. 

Geocaching

Geocaching is a worldwide game of hide and seek that uses GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to help people find hidden treasures called ‘caches.’ There is one geocache at the Parkhill Scenic Lookout and Boat Launch. Caches are of different sized waterproof containers and are hidden in a safe spot close to trails. They often contain a logbook and simple treasures like coins or toys inside. If you find a camouflaged cache by accident, have a look and put it back in the place you found it for others to enjoy.

Visit geocaching.com to find and download coordinates and clues to find these ‘treasures’ at the Parkhill Creek Conservation Area. 

Interested in setting up a new geocache at an ABCA property? 

Check out this fact sheet for guidelines on how to do it:

Commemorative Woods

The Commemorative Woods at Parkhill Conservation Area is a place for family and friends to plant trees as a living memorial and legacy. Trees can also commemorate special occasions where a long-lasting natural tribute is appropriate. 

Visit the Commemorative Woods web page link to find out more on how to plant a commemorative tree. 

Rules and Regulations

CAUTION: These are nature trails. Trail surfaces and boardwalks may be slippery or uneven. Be especially careful during windy, wet and icy conditions. 

  • Wear appropriate clothing, footwear and equipment for your preferred trail activity. 
  • Stay away from fast-flowing water. 
  • Ice conditions on Parkhill Reservoir are not monitored. 
Rules 

Rule protect the environment, you and your fellow users. These rules must be followed and are enforced under the Conservation Authorities Act and Trespass of Property Act. 

  • Motorized vehicles, bicycles, e-bikes, horses, hunting, drones, alcohol use, fires and camping are not permitted
  • Dogs must be on a leash, under control, and you must clean up after your dog. Ensure your pet does not damage or interfere with plants and wildlife and does not affect other people on the trail. 
  • Do not remove or damage plants, trees, wildlife, signs or structures
  • Stay on the trails and respect neighbouring landowners
  • Fishing is permitted following all relevant and applicable provincial laws
  • Do not litter. Any waste materials should be put into provided containers or taken home with you. 
  • Smoking is permitted following applicable provincial laws. Be sure to dispose of butts properly.
Tips to Enjoy your Visit

Be aware of the following to help you enjoy your visit. 

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is a common, native plant in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority watershed. 
‘Leaves of three, let it be. Berries white, take flight.’ Leaves may either have smooth edges or a few coarse teeth and may appear shiny. If you come into contact with Poison Ivy wash the affected area with hot soap and water as soon as possible, launder clothes in hot water. 

Habitat: Open woods, fields and roadsides, disturbed areas. 

Picture of Poison Ivy – pending

Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed is an invasive, non-native plant introduced from Asia. It has large, flat-topped to slightly dome-shaped flower (similar to Queen Anne’s Lace/Wild Carrot) and seed head and a bumpy or bristly stem. It can grow up to five metres in height. Skin contact with Giant Hogweed sap may cause severe skin rashes when exposed to sunlight.

Habitat: Roadsides, streambanks, waste areas, yards 

Picture of Giant Hogweed – pending

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle is from between half a metre in height to three metres tall. Stems and leaves are covered with short, stinging hairs which can cause irritation and inflammation if touched with bare skin. Flowers are in clusters with separate flowers attached by short stalks along a central stem about 1-7 centimetres long. 

Picture of Stinging Nettle – Pending

Ticks

Ticks are present in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority watershed. 

  • Wear light-coloured clothing, so it’s easier to see ticks
  • Wear closed-toed shoes
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts
  • Wear long pants, tucked into your socks
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET
  • After outdoor activity put your clothes in the dryer

Check yourself and your children:

  • Behind your knees
  • On your head
  • In your belly button
  • In your groin area
  • In your underarm area
  • On the back of your body – use a mirror, or ask someone to check for you

It’s a good idea to have a shower as soon as you can to wash off any ticks.

If you discover a tick on your body remove it, place the tick in a secure container and contact your local public health unit 

Directions for removal can be found here: 

 
Where is it?

Parkhill Conservation Area is located at 32910 Centre Road, Parkhill, Ontario, Canada.

How do I get there?
Driving directions:

For entrance to the boat launch take McGuffin Hills Drive off County Road #81. 

For entrance to nature trails, take Centre Road off County Road # 7.

Also - you may find this Google Map link helpful:

Why should I visit?

Each season brings something new along the nature trails at Parkhill Conservation Area.

The 800-hectare conservation area is the result of efforts to control serious flooding and soil erosion problems downstream.

The Parkhill Dam and reservoir were constructed in 1969 to create a storage area to regulate the water flow of Parkhill Creek.

The recreational opportunities include canoeing, windsurfing, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and toboganning. Within the conservation area is a campground facility known as the Great Canadian Hideaway:

Call them at 519-294-6333 for camping information or reservations.

A rest area for travellers, known as the Scenic Lookout, is located on County Road # 81, just north of Parkhill.

How can I find out more?

Download the brochure for Parkhill Conservation Area:

Permitted Uses

For permitted (and prohibited) uses, please visit the 'Permitted Uses' web page at this link: