Parkhill Conservation Area
Where is Parkhil Conservation Area (Scenic Lookout and Boat Launch)?
Address: 32910 Centre Road, Parkhill, Ontario
Parkhill Conservation Area is located at 32910 Centre Road, Parkhill, Ontario, Canada.
How do I get there?
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:
Open April to November, seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted
- Brochure – PDF file.
There are no trails here but the scenic lookout offers a chance to stretch your legs and check out the view.
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 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 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:
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.
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 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 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
- Giant Hogweed fact sheet – PDF file.
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 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:
- Ontario – Tick removal and Lyme disease
- Tick removal and Lyme disease – Huron Perth Health Unit
- Lambton Public Health: What is Lyme disease?
- Lyme disease – Middlesex-London Health Unit
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:
- Download brochure of this conservation area (Large PDF file)
For permitted (and prohibited) uses, please visit the 'Permitted Uses' web page at this link:
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) properties, including conservation areas and trails, are open for public use.
Parkhill Conservation Area (2022) Video
Watch the new (May 2022) video here:
Ausable Bayfield Conservation has nine conservation areas where you can enjoy nature and stay active and learn about how to protect soil, water, and living things.
These areas have trails and parking lots. Some have privies. They are open year-round but there is no winter maintenance and most parking lots are not maintained in the winter
To learn more about conservation areas and plan your next visit, please click:
The ABCA owns thousands of acres of environmentally significant lands which are mostly forested. There is no formal trail system but people are welcome to visit for nature appreciation.
For information on all conservation lands (including conservation areas) visit:
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) properties and trails are open for public use contingent on following public health direction.
To learn more visit:
For current property status and updates please visit this web page:
For permitted and prohibited uses visit our Permitted Uses page: