Recreation

Winter sports

Winter Sports Code of Conduct for Snowmobile and Motorized Vehicle Operators: All motorized vehicle operators must be fully licensed and insured. Obey all regulations and by-laws regulating the operation of your snowmobile or ATV. Be safety conscious. Be aware. Ride with care. Stay on authorized trails. Unauthorized trail riding can injure vulnerable plants and wildlife. […]

Recreation

Hunting and Fishing

All hunting within the Reserve is subject to provincial and federal regulations. To find out more about these regulations Visit the link below. Code of Conduct for Hunters and Anglers: Always hunt safely, legally and ethically. Obey posted signs. Hunting and angling is subject to Provincial policies and regulations. All hunters and anglers must be […]

Recreation

Motorized Vehicles

Motorized vehicles, including ATV’s and snowmobiles, are permitted on all multi-use trails.  Please respect the authorized trail network while visiting the Reserve: Off-trail riding can damage sensitive habitats, introduce invasive plants and animals, and is hazardous to other visitors. Code of Conduct for Snowmobile and Motorized Vehicle Operators: All motorized vehicle operators must be fully […]

Recreation

Cycling

In addition to the dedicated Mountain Bike Trail located within the Turkey Point Tract, cycling is permitted on all multi-use trails.  Please respect the authorized trail network while visiting the Reserve: Off-trail riding can damage sensitive habitats, introduce invasive plants and animals, and is hazardous to other visitors.  Code of Conduct for Cyclists: Keep your […]

Recreation

Equestrian activities

Equestrian trails are located at the Nursery Tract.  Horse riders are also permitted to use the multi-use trails at the Turkey Point Tract, which are also used by ATVs, dirtbikes, and bicycles. Code of Conduct for Equestrians: Ride at a leisurely pace. Keep to a walk unless safety is certain and ground conditions rule out […]

Recreation

Walking/Hiking/Bird Watching

All trails are open to low-impact activities such as walking, hiking, and bird watching. Please be alert and aware of other trail users! Code of Conduct for Walkers and Hikers: Remember that on shared-use trails there are other users enjoying the trails with you. Be aware of any horses, dogs, bicycles, or motorized vehicles. If […]

About the SWCR Feature

Permitted Activities

Outdoor recreational activities are allowed as long as they do not pose a risk to the sustainability of the Conservation Reserve. The St. Williams Conservation Reserve asks that recreational users follow the Code of Conduct at all times while on the property: General Rules for all Users Expect and respect other trail users Leave the […]

Species at Risk

Woodland Vole

Woodland Vole (Microtus pinetorum) Status in Canada: Special Concern Status in Ontario: Special Concern Status at SWCR: Common This small chestnut-brown rodent has a short tails and is native to the Carolinian life zone. Quick Facts: The SWCR is within the major part of its range: Southwestern Ontario close to lake Erie. It occupies a variety […]

Species at Risk

Virginia Goat’s-rue

Virginia Goat’s-rue (Tephrosia virginiana) Status in Canada: Endangered Status in Ontario: Endangered Status at SWCR: Rare – occurs in only one location This perennial herb has conspicuous pink and yellow flowers above a leafy stem.  In Canada, Virginia Goat’s-rue occurs within a very restricted portion of Norfolk County, and the SWCR population it is the only […]

Species at Risk

Spotted Wintergreen

Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata) Status in Canada: Endangered Status in Ontario: Endangered Status at SWCR: Rare and increasing In Canada, there are only 5 known populations of this low evergreen perennial shrub: four here in Norfolk Country, and one in Niagara County. Quick Facts: The SWCR is home to two out of the five existing populations […]