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Zurich Conservation Area

Visit Zurich Conservation Area in Zurich, Ontario, Canada.

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:

Where is Zurich Conservation Area?

Address: Located behind the baseball diamonds in the Town of Zurich 

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

Picnicking 

The Zurich Conservation area is a great place for a picnic. Pack your blanket and basket and enjoy a peaceful meal in the park. 

Commemorative Woods

The Commemorative Woods 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 Commemorative Woods Page link  for more information on how to plant a commemorative tree. 

Rules and Regulations

CAUTION: These are nature trails. Trail surfaces 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. 
Rules 

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

Please refer to signs and entrance kiosks for permitted and prohibited activities. 

  • The property is closed to the public between sunset and sunrise. 
  • Motorized vehicles, bicycles, e-bikes, horses, hunting, alcohol use, drones, 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 vegetation or wildlife and does not interfere with others’ enjoyment.
  • Do not remove or damage plants, trees, wildlife, signs or structures. 
  • Stay on the trails and respect neighbouring landowners. 
  • Fishing is permitted in compliance with applicable legislation.  
  • Don’t litter.

Please report vandalism and incidents to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

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 Zurich Conservation Area?

Zurich Conservation Area is located east of Goshen Street North and north of Main Street in Zurich, Ontario, Canada.

How do I get there?

Zurich Conservation Area is located near the corner of Main Street and Goshen Street North.

It is east of Goshen Street and north of Main Street in Zurich, Ontario Canada.

For directions visit this Google Maps link:

Why should I visit?

Zurich Conservation Area is a small property in Zurich managed by the Municipality of Bluewater.

A picnic pavilion receives the main use.

Protection of water quality and habitat are among the objectives for this conservation area as well as providing a site for Commemorative Woods and passive recreation.

How do I find out more?

Watch this video:

Permitted Uses

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

Conservation Areas

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) properties, including conservation areas and trails, are open for public use. 

For a list of permitted uses click on ‘Permitted Uses’ at the link below:

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: