The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) protects 3,635 hectares of land through ownership. The lands were purchased for conservation reasons such as soil conservation, flood plain management, forest management, wildlife management, conserving ecosystems and protecting source areas to improve the overall health of the watershed environment.
Secondary uses for these conservation lands are passive recreational uses such as hiking, nature appreciation, fishing, canoeing, cross-country skiing and picnicking. Hunting is permitted on designated properties and you must obtain an ABCA Conservation Lands Pass. Download Hunting Map from our Publications page.
Also: To download the Conservation Pass Hunting Application Form, or to see a map showing where hunting is permitted with appropriate Conservation Pass, visit: Hunting Page
For a list of permitted uses on ABCA Conservation Lands visit the Permitted Uses Page.
As the predominant land use of the ABCA watershed is 85 per cent agricultural, conservation land properties are considered islands of nature for visitors to appreciate and explore. Links below are for more information on our most popular Conservation Areas with facilities.
Our management areas are forested tracts that were purchased for preservation and protection of source areas, floodplain areas, and environmentally significant areas and as such are not as publicly accessible.
For information on a high-tech new way to expand your trail visiting experience visit the Bannockburn CA Walk a Mile Trail Information Project page.
Contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) for more information on our conservation lands at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or visit our staff contacts page.
Ausable River Cut Conservation Area (formerly Thedford Conservation Area)