About the SWCR Recreation


We are proud of our efforts at sustainability within the reserve, and are glad to share them with the local community and area visitors. Please respect the Reserve’s fragile ecosystems by following the code of conduct at all times when at the reserve. Activities that are compatible with restoration activities within the reserve are allowed. […]

About the SWCR


The St. Williams Conservation Reserve is strategically located in the middle of the Carolinian eco-region in southwestern Ontario. The Carolinian region makes up less than 1% of Canada’s total land area but boasts a greater number of both flora and fauna species than any other ecoregion in Canada. It is also the most threatened ecological […]

About the SWCR

About the CR

The St. Williams Conservation Reserve includes 1035 hectares of Crown land in Norfolk County, Ontario.  The Reserve is made up of two separate sites: the Nursery Tract and the Turkey Point Tract.  These two tracts are also designated as the E.C. Zavitz Forest and the J. H. White Forest, respectively, in recognition of the two […]

About the SWCR

Join the SWCRCC

We’re thrilled to share that there has been an incredible show of interest in becoming a Director on the St. Williams Conservation Reserve Community Council. Our council would like to consider all expressions of interest, we are currently looking to fill two positions on the Council. Thank you so much for supporting the SWCRCC.

About the SWCR


From Forest to Desert Our pioneer forefathers were faced with deeply forested, impenetrable bush when they arrived in this area. By law they had to clear their free land and farm it.  Without plant or forest cover, however, the sandy topsoil of this region blew away in the wind. Within 50 years parts of Norfolk […]

About the SWCR Feature


The St. Williams Conservation Reserve is a special place: Designated as a conservation reserve in 2004 because of its important natural heritage and cultural significance. The natural ecosystems and other special features found here are being protected and restored to sustain biodiversity.  These public lands can be explored and enjoyed by the public. The St. […]