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55 walkers attended!

March 4th Pathways for People hike at the St Williams Conservation Reserve was a big hit with about 55 people participating.  Weather was perfect for a winter walk. Good exposure for SWCRCC and also the Canada’s 1st Forestry Station Interpretive Centre. Many thanks to Michele Crowley of the Health Unit for organizing and promoting the […]


2018 Work Bee’s in The CR

Saturday’s Work Bee on February 24th was a success! We had a large group of volunteers that joined us from the Norfolk ATV Club. Thank you to all of the people who came out to lend a hand. Fututre Work Bee Date: 4th Saturday of each month, mark your calendars. Time: 1:30 – 4:30 pm […]

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Opportunities for Public Input for 2019-2028 Operations Plan

We have identified three opportunities for the public, CR users and other stakeholders to provide input on the 2019-2028 Operations Plan. Public Survey – the results of this online survey will allow us to gauge public perception of whether we are achieving the management goals and objectives of the CR. The deadline for completing this […]


Code of Conduct for St. Williams Conservation Reserve

These guidelines have been adapted from the Ontario Trails Council’s user guidelines for shared-use trails and various county and regional codes of conduct for forest users. General Rules for all SWCR Users Expect and respect other trail users Leave the wildlife for others to enjoy. Do not stress, harass, or chase wildlife. Stay on authorized […]


What Do I Need to Know about Trail Density and Human Usage?

While we’re delighted that individuals and groups are out on trails and experiencing nature’s peace and beauty, the fact is, whether we walk, mountain bike, horseback ride, dirt bike, or ATV, there is an impact on the forest’s vegetation and wildlife. MNRF View It’s important for you to know that based on available research, MNRF […]


Trail change application

As part of The CR’s Operations Plan renewal process, we are considering changes to the authorized trail network for motorized, equestrian and mountain bike users. If your group would like to request changes to the authorized trail network, please read the Trail Change Process information and fill out an application by December 31 2017. Download […]

About the SWCR Feature

Our goals

Why Was The CR Established? Ontario established the St Williams Conservation Reserve so that: ‘…these tracts will be a flourishing example of extraordinary biological diversity representing their pre-European settlement natural legacy of ecological communities while protecting their unique cultural heritage and providing opportunities for compatible public land uses.’ — SWCR Management Plan 2007 – 2057 […]

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2017 St Williams Conservation Reserve Survey

Our 2017 St Williams Conservation Reserve Survey is now closed. Thanks to the ~600 people who completed the survey! Your input is being considered in the preparation of The CR’s 10-year Operations Plan for 2019-2028. We will be happy to share the survey insights with you once our analysis and report are completed in January 2018.