Trails at Island Lake Conservation Area
Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail
Distance – 8.3 km loop
In 2001, the first 2.5 kilometers of the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail opened with long-term plans to circle Island Lake and link to local trails in Orangeville, Caledon and Mono. It was named to recognize the outstanding contributions made by Credit Valley Conservation’s retired General Manager.
Since that time the other sections of the trail were completed in co-operation with the Town of Mono, the County of Dufferin, the Nottawasaga Conservation Authority and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, as well as other donors.
The entire loop takes approximately two hours to complete on foot, depending on how often you stop. Parts of the trail are in forested areas that provide shade while other portions, like the bridges, are fully exposed to the sunlight.
This four season trail is designed as mostly accessible for all visitors, however there are a few small sections that some individuals may find steep or otherwise challenging. Its wide base, made up of packed gravel screenings, make it suitable for bicycles, wheelchairs and strollers; as well as activities such as hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. No motorized vehicles please. Enjoy multiple resting spots located on the trail that highlight scenic vistas and lake spanning bridges. Stop and watch a turtle sun itself or a flock of migratory birds landing on the bays.
There are flush washrooms located on the south side, near the rental centre and a vault toilet located at the Hurontario Street North parking lot on the north section of the trail. Please be prepared with water and snacks. Watch for kilometre markers to identify where you are on the trail.
Visitors can access the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail (VBLT) using active transportation at no charge. While this community trail is free to use, the importance of maintenance and monitoring must be emphasized. By purchasing one of our memberships you can ensure the trail you love is kept safe for your friends and family, and enjoy the additional benefits of being a member!
The 8.3 km loop trail can be accessed at for main entrances. Parking, access points and information about the trail is available at www.cvc.ca/vblt.
Sugar Bush Trail
Distance – 2km
The Maple Sugar Bush Trail at Island Lake Conservation Area takes you through a long standing Maple-Beech forest, where maple syrup production is still practiced. Enjoy the cool breeze under the shade of the tree canopy as you hike this trail. Be prepared for a more rugged hike as the forest floor is littered with rocks and roots. Not maintained in the winter. Admission or Membership to Island Lake Conservation Area applies.
Memorial Forest Trail
Distance – 3km
An interesting feature along this path is a living memorial wall built in 2011 by dry stone waller Eric Landman. Mr. Landman built the wall in memory of his late wife, Kerry. In a personal letter to CVC, he explains why he chose to build this wall and its significance for his family and visitors to the Memorial Forest.
A Memorial Tree may be planted in memory of a loved one through this program, regardless of the duration of time since the death, where the death occurred or where a service was held. The cost to have a tree planted is $75. You may also leave the name of a loved one in the forest by purchasing a leaf plaque that will be placed on the mural wall for a cost of $30. To dedicate a tree in memory of a loved one or have a leaf placed in the forest, please call Dods & McNair Funeral Home at 519 941 1392.
The path through this former meadowland consists of gently rolling grass mowed hills and provides a leisurely walk through this section of the Conservation Area. You will also find portions of a nut plantation here including chestnut and black walnut.