All Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Areas are closed

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Areas are closed.

This includes the following:

  • Scanlon Creek – in Bradford
  • Sheppard’s Bush – in Aurora
  • Thornton Bales – in King
  • Rogers Reservoir – in East Gwillimbury
  • Whitchurch – in Stouffville
  • Durham Regional Forest – south and west of Uxbridge
  • Beaver River Wetlands – between Uxbridge and Cannington

The full list of our 19 properties is here:

We’re asking residents to stay safe by observing our closures. Due to the non-essential nature of our conservation areas, we are no longer able to maintain trails, hazard trees and undertake other non-essential services during COVID-19.

This difficult decision was made in support of legislation put in place by the province to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our watershed residents as safe as possible throughout this trying time.

We hope that taking these steps now means we can get back to enjoying these trails and green areas again soon.


We’ll post any changes to this closure on our COVID-19 website (, as well as on our social media channels. Thank you for your understanding as we all do our part to flatten the curve of this virus.