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Conservation Areas

Thunder Bay's proximity to the great outdoors has always been considered an advantage for residents and visitors.

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) manages 2,500 hectares of conservation lands including eight Conservation Areas which are all within one hour of the City of Thunder Bay.

Explore networks of trails and view cascading falls and sparkling waters. Excellent bird-watching, fishing, and recreational opportunities await.  All sites are day-use only (7 am - 11 pm).

Cascades Conservation Area features a paved accessible trail.  At Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area there is a fully accessible boardwalk, viewing mound and pavillion. The Hazelwood Lake Nature Centre is fully accessible. 

Explore the Lakehead Region Conservation Authoruty's 8 Conservation Areas. Experience the sights and sounds of nature and the natural beauty of our hiking trails. If you are a photographer, birder, active outdoors person, or all-around nature lover, we have an experience for you.

Here are some of the Conservation Areas that you might be interested in visiting while visiting Thunder Bay:

  • Cascades - in the City of Thunder Bay at the end of Balsam Street. Open Year Round.
  • Cedar Falls - in O'Connor Township. Open spring to fall only.
  • Hazelwood Lake - in Gorham Township, 14 km north of Dawson Road on Hazelwood Drive. Open year round.
  • Hurkett Cove - in Dorion Township. Open spring to fall only.
  • Little Trout Bay - in Municipality of Neebing. Access to Lake Superior.  Open spring to fall only.
  • MacKenzie Point - in Munipcality of Shuniah. Open spring to fall only.
  • Mission Island Marsh - in the City of Thunder Bay. Open year round.
  • Silver Harbour - in Municipality of Shuniah. Access to Lake Superior. Open year round.

Directions, trail maps and other information about the Conservation Areas are available from the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority office or visit the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority website.

Address: 130 Conservation Rd
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6T8
Tel: (807) 344-5857


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