GRCA parks are now open for camping

CAMBRIDGE – It may not quite feel like spring yet, but another sure sign of it is upon us. 

On May 1 the Grand River Conservation Authority swung open the gates for its 2019 camping and recreational season.

The GRCA operates 11 conservation areas, eight of which offer camping, with about 2,250 campsites available.

Other activities at the parks include hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and swimming.

Opening May 1 are Byng Island (Dunnville), Brant (Brantford), Conestogo Lake (Drayton), and Elora Gorge. 

Belwood Lake, Guelph Lake, Rockwood,  Laurel Creek (Waterloo), Shade’s Mills (Cambridge) and Pinehurst Lake (Paris) are already open for activities, but will now be providing their full range of services, such as canoe and boat rentals. 

Elora Quarry will open on June 1.

A Grand River Parks membership card may be purchased for $130. 

Membership provides entry to all 11 Grand River Parks as well as Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area, throughout the operating seasons for up to six people in one vehicle. 

The membership also comes with a booklet of vouchers and freebies valued at more than $65. 

For the 2019 season, day visitor fees at most parks are $7 for adults, $3 for children (6 to 14) and $5.50 for seniors and people with disabilities, while children five and under are free.

May 1 was also a big day for those still looking for Hillside Festival campsites. Full-weekend festival sites became available at Guelph Lake Conservation Area beginning on May 1. 

Call or visit the park to reserve your spot.

Check with the park you are visiting to learn more, or visit