Find answers to our most frequently asked questions about conservation lands.

What are Conservation Lands?

Conservation Lands are protected valley and stream corridors, flood plains, Lake Ontario shore lands and environmentally significant areas owned by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). TRCA has a tradition of providing outdoor recreation and education facilities on lands that are acquired for flood and erosion control or natural resource protection reasons.

Aside from TRCA managed parks, conservation areas and public use facilities, many of the parks and green spaces located in the City of Toronto, and the Regional Municipalities of Peel, York and Durham, are in fact TRCA Conservation Lands, but managed by your local governments.

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How do we manage TRCA Conservation Lands?

TRCA and its municipal partners own and manage trails and conservation areas and parks within communities, continuously linked along the river/ravine system, and ultimately linked with trails on the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Large urban wilderness parks like Tommy Thompson Park offer outdoor activities such as hiking, cross country skiing, bird-watching and nature appreciation. While TRCA owned and managed lands provide many opportunities for minor recreational use or passive non-intrusive uses, there are some areas with major recreational uses such as campgrounds, educational facilities, sustainable community demonstration sites (The Living City Campus at Kortright), and a golf course (Bathurst Glen).

TRCA employs best management practices and environmental stewardship — through the establishment of management and master plans — to protect and conserve the valuable natural and cultural heritage attributes within each of our nine watersheds.

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Why do we create management plans and master plans?

TRCA develops management and master plans for one (or more) of the following reasons:

  • To address property management and public safety issues.
  • To develop a plan which responds to future demands and growth in the region.
  • To integrate and implement watershed management strategies.
  • To establish appropriate environmental protection and regeneration techniques.
  • To receive public input regarding appropriate use, development and management of the property.
  • To create a sense of stewardship among users and adjacent land owners.