Park Conditions

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by Sandy

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Island Lake Conservation Area
  • OPEN: Weekends and holidays – 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Trails are OPEN.
    • The Upper Trail at the Memorial Forest is currently closed for regeneration. 
    • We currently have a RED FLAG on the lake.  Rentals are CLOSED but personal watercrafts are permitted with caution of impending weather.
    • fishing open for Yellow Perch , Sunfish, and Black Crappie, as well as Pike – Bass season is closed.
    • online equipment reservations can be made here
    • ALL watercrafts must be off the lake by 8:30PM
  • Fishing licences are no longer available in Orangeville. See below for more information on where to get a fishing licence.
~  Lakeside Trail at Island Lake
  • Trail is OPEN.
  • Please watch out for uneven ground around steep hills due to recent heavy rains.
  • Click here for map
  • 4th Avenue access parking: Please respect that Home Hardware is a private business and use only the 12 designated trail parking spaces generously provided. Trail users parking in undesignated parking spaces (the regular lot) will be towed at their own expense. Additional access and parking information can be found by clicking the link the left.
Terra Cotta Conservation Area
  • OPEN: Daily – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Visitors Welcome Centre is CLOSED.
  • Road Construction:  As of June 25, 2018, portions of Winston Churchill Blvd will be closed for construction and road rehabilitation.  See details below.
  • Trails are open with muddy and wet areas throughout. Please use these areas of the trail with caution and dress appropriately.
  • The Shuttle service to Cheltenham Badlands will NOT operate this weekend 9:30 am-4:00 pm from the Terra Cotta CA parking lot.  It is free with paid admission to the Park.
Belfountain Conservation Area
  • OPEN: Daily – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Pond Loop trail is OPEN.
  • Gorge Loop trail is now OPEN.
  • This park is one of our most popular locations. Expect longer wait times and heavy traffic on weekends. Parking is limited so consider visiting in non-peak hours (early morning or late in the day).
Ken Whillans Resource Management Area
  • OPEN: Daily – 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • There is a RED FLAG on the POND  –  Rentals are CLOSED and personal watercraft’s are permitted but at user’s own risk.
  • Trout season is OPEN; Bass and Pike are CLOSED.
  • Kidd Pond is CLOSED until June 22, when Bass season opens.
  • Orchard Pond is OPEN for Rainbow Trout and Pan fish.
  • Caledon Trail parking lot is OPEN.
Cheltenham Badlands
  • OPEN: Daily – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • The Bruce Trail and Badlands Trail is now open.
  • Shuttle service is offered on weekends only starting  June 15/16  until the end of October and run from Terra Cotta Conservation Area (with paid admission).  Last shuttle leaves for return to Terra Cotta CA at 4:30 pm.
  • More information and FAQ’s here.



  • GENERAL TRAIL USE:With more unpredictable weather it is common for trail or park closures due to high winds or severe or unsafe weather. If trail systems are marked as closed, please respect and obey all posted signs. For park updates and closures due to weather and trail conditions, CVC’s corporate website at will display a red headline box at the top of all pages. You may also check back here for park conditions.
  • ROAD CONSTRUCTION NEAR TERRA COTTA:  Please be aware that as of June 25, 2018, portions of Winston Churchill Blvd will be closed for construction and road rehabilitation.  This project’s estimated completion is November 29 2019, during which time Winston Churchill will have intermittent closures beginning at Olde Base Line. If travelling from Belfountain: Travel south on Mississauga Rd, west on King and north on Winston Churchill. If travelling from Orangeville: Travel south on Hwy 10, west on King and north on Winston Churchill.
  • BELFOUNTAIN CONSERVATION AREA PICNIC POLICY: Day camping is no longer permitted and all 10 available picnic tables now have a 30 minute maximum time limit to ensure that all visitors have access to resting areas if needed. No barbecues are permitted at Belfountain CA. When planning your 2019 outings visit Island Lake CA or Terra Cotta CA if you are interested in picnicking for periods longer than 30 minutes. If you would like to visit Belfountain, but have plans to picnic, remember you can use your receipt for free admission to any CVC parks the same day.
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