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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

In 2017, an online survey was conducted to gain a snapshot of recreational use in the St. Williams Conservation Reserve (SWCR or, “the CR”) and to gauge recreational users’ perceptions of the current trail system. The online survey was widely promoted to recreational users and to others affected by recreational activities. Local recreational user groups […]

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Operations Plan

Operations Plan 2009-2018 The first Operations Plan for 2009-2018 defined the St Williams Conservation Reserve Community Council’s priorities and activities needed to meet the five management objectives. Natural Heritage Protection & Restoration 2009-2018 The Community Council’s focus on Natural Heritage during the first operational plan period included: About half of the pine plantations areas have […]

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Trail change process

Opportunity to Request Trail Changes in St Williams Conservation Reserve (The CR) As part of The CR’s Operations Plan renewal process we are considering changes to the network of authorized trails for motorized, equestrian and mountain bike users. If your group would like to request changes to the authorized trail network, please fill out an […]

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Conservation Actions

The vision for the Reserve is to restore the native ecosystems that existed here more than 200 years ago. We actively manage the ecological communities on the reserve to achieve this goal. All of our practices are based on sound research, expert consultation, and the best management practices available. Click on the management activities below […]

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Hunting at SWCR

Hunting is permitted in most parts of the SWCR, according to provincial and federal policy and legislation. All visitors are required to obey posted signs. Always be aware that many other people are using the SWCR. Please review and follow the ‘Code of Conduct for SWCR Users’. Be seen, be safe: wearing hunter orange increases […]


Get the SWCR Trails Brochure

Copies of the SWCR Trail Maps and User Code of Conduct are now available at libraries, County offices, information booths and local businesses in Norfolk County.  The maps can also be download from our website.


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. […]


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 […]