Picnics & BBQs

Whether it’s a large corporate function or small family gathering, get everyone together at a conservation area near you. Groups of 20 or more are recommended to inquire about reservations at 1-800-367-0890 or recreation@cvc.ca – please write park name in subject line.

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Picnic Options*

Additional items can be added to your reservation to make your event more convenient.

Island Lake Conservation Area – BOOK A PICNIC

This large conservation area conveniently located in Orangeville has many picnic tables spread throughout for family get-togethers, company picnics or birthday celebrations.

  • 6 areas for rent
  • Can accommodate up to 1200 guests.

Terra Cotta Conservation Area – BOOK A PICNIC

This spacious conservation area conveniently located 45 minutes from the GTA is a great choice for your next event. Terra Cotta boasts 504 acres of greenspace, a variety of pavilions and tables are available with an impressive view.

  • 7 areas for rent
  • Can accommodate up to 400 guests.
  • Watershed Learning Centre available for indoor events for up to 60 people. Please contact julia.kole@cvc.ca for more details.

Meadowvale Conservation Area

This area is divided into two sections. Picnic areas are accessible from 1080 Derry West Road. The City of Mississauga manages and reserves sites at this area. Groups in excess of 25 require a park permit. Obtaining a picnic permit ensures exclusive use if that area and its amenities. Please call 311 within Mississauga and 905-615-4311 from elsewhere. There are 3 areas to choose from that accommodate up to 100 guests.

The following list has picnic tables onsite available on a first come first serve basis:

GREEN TIPS for your Park Visit:

Reduce your waste

  • Use reusable, compostable, biodegradable or recyclable containers. Hot/cold drink bottles are for sales at Terra Cotta and Island Lake Conservation Areas.
  • Pack plenty of local, in-season fruits and vegetables and organic meat.
  • Remember, fresh fruit “wraps” itself – no additional packaging needed.
  • Choose washable, reusable cloth napkins and tablecloths.
  • Skip the individually packaged drinks and opt for jugs or coolers to share.
  • Use a canvas bag or other reusable totes for your food and picnic supplies.
  • Throw any unwanted items in the proper bins and take leftovers home to enjoy later.

Appreciate Mother Nature

  • Protect habitat. Our parks are home to nesting birds, native plants, and other species that are easily trampled. Make sure your children and pets stay on trails and in open spaces so everyone enjoys themselves.
  • Observe and Learn. Take field guides, binoculars, even a nature journal to learn about wildlife and habitat, or start a fun “life list” of species you see.
  • Use natural bug repellant and sunscreen. They’re less toxic for your family and safer for nature.
  • Carpool. You’ll reduce emissions and save on park admission!

Plan ahead

When picnicking at Island Lake Conservation Area:

  • Onsite recycling includes plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans.
  • Don’t contaminate recycling bins. All contaminated recycling ends up in the landfill.
  • Large cardboard may be broken down and left stacked beside recycling bins.
  • All types of coffee cups and lids, as well as Styrofoam containers are NOT recyclable and belong in the garbage can. Use reusable container instead.
  • Reduce your noise footprint, be courteous to those picnicking around you and limit your use of amplified sound. Restrictions apply.
  • Picnics with a reservation will also have access to compost bins. Signage on what is acceptable will be onsite.

When picnicking at Terra Cotta Conservation Area:

  • Onsite recycling includes plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans.
  • Don’t contaminate recycling bins. All contaminated recycling ends up in the landfill.
  • All types of coffee cups and lids, as well as Styrofoam containers are NOT recyclable and belong in the garbage can. Use reusable container instead.
  • Reduce your noise footprint, be courteous to those picnicking around you and limit your use of amplified sound. Restrictions apply.

* prices do not include HST

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