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Permitted Uses

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. 

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

Please know what activities and uses are permitted, or prohibited, on Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) lands and lands managed by ABCA.

All off-road vehicles, ATVs, and dirt bikes are prohibited.

PLEASE NOTE: Off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes are prohibited on all Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) properties and all properties managed by ABCA.

Download, at this link, our Chart of Permitted Uses of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Lands:

Use of conservation areas or conservation lands is permitted in daytime hours only.

For information on hunting visit our Hunting Page or contact us through the staff contact web page on this website.

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: