Conservation areas great fall escapes

MAPLETON – With students back in school and families settling back into their routines, the fall season at GRCA conservation areas brings with it a renewed sense of calm.

Wildlife can often be seen exploring areas of our parks as they begin to prepare for winter.

Summer campers are long gone, and the conservation areas take on a much different look after an exciting summer of exploration for many sun-seeking guests.

With the weather often remaining warm and dry well into October, early fall is the perfect time to enjoy camping at one of the GRCA’s conservation areas.

With 2,200 campsites in eight Grand River Parks, it’s easy to find the perfect spot for a camping adventure.

The stunning fall colours and crisp, fresh air at night only enhance the warmth and glow of the campfire.

With a greater availability of campsites, many gather for large Thanksgiving celebrations – enjoying a meal and time outdoors with family and friends, creating cherished memories and new traditions.

Fall is also an ideal time for day trips and activities like hiking the trails, picnicking and bird watching in our conservation areas.

For large groups and special events, a number of parks offer facilities including: large pavilions, shelters as well as enclosed facilities, vast picnic areas and group camping sites.

To book an event or group site, visitors should contact the parks directly.

More information is available on the Group Facilities page at

All of our parks are open until Oct. 15, and offer breathtaking beauty and many opportunities to connect outdoors. Some remain open all year long.

So go ahead, unplug, and connect with nature … next door. Please visit to learn more.

Dean McFadden, Superintendent, Conestogo Lake Conservation Area