Island Lake Conservation Area is now operating under summer hours. Warmer weather is already bringing many visitors to the park. The Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail, the largest in the Island Lake trail system, is a popular destination for local and out-of-town visitors. Trail use has increased more than 350 per cent since July 2015, when final bridges built on the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail created a full trail loop around Island Lake.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) reminds visitors using active transportation that they can enjoy the park at no charge. Active transportation includes any active method of transportation like walking, cycling or jogging.
CVC has partnered with the Town of Orangeville, Town of Mono and the local Home Hardware business to provide designated parking areas for people actively entering the park. Limited parking is available at both the north and south access points, including:
South Shore Access: Trail entrance off Highway 10 across from 4thAvenue, Orangeville
- Rotary Park: 75 Second Avenue, Orangeville
- Home Hardware parking lot: 60 4thAvenue Orangeville – 12 identified spaces only
North Shore Access:
- 673173 Hurontario Street North, Mono – 26 spaces
- 246306 Hockley Road, Mono (across the street from Mono Amaranth Public School) – 12 spaces only
“We’re grateful for the support of our partners,” said Bill Lidster, Manager, Conservation Parks at CVC. “We ask visitors using offsite parking to stick to designated spaces only. In particular, the 12 identified parking spaces at Home Hardware are in a private lot and have been generously donated for trail users. All other spaces are for customers only.”
Visitors can drive in and park through the conservation area’s main entrance located at 673067 Hurontario Street South. While gate fees apply here, the fees help operate and maintain the park. Visitors can also purchase a membership that provides free access to the park year-round.
CVC works hard to responsibly maintain and monitor the Island Lake trail system and park. One of the main ways the organization does this is through its membership program and gate fees. Memberships and gate fees are important revenue sources for CVC. Revenue collected goes directly toward CVC conservation areas locally and throughout the Credit River watershed. This includes funding for educational programming, public events, trail maintenance and environmental enhancement projects. Without community support these programs and projects may not happen.
About Credit Valley Conservation
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed. That watershed is the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drain into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 285