Managing Island Lake Conservation Area

The current management plan for Island Lake Conservation Area (ILCA) was completed in 1997 and outlines objectives and directions for the property for a 20-year period. This plan, together with an addendum in 2005, set the stage for the development of several key recreational facilities and supporting infrastructure such as the boat launch, docks, picnic pavilions, washrooms, parking lots, viewing platforms, fishing piers and trail system.

With the plan expiring in 2017, we’re working with community stakeholders and the public to develop a new 25-year management plan for ILCA, an action plan that will balance the protection of natural and cultural heritage values with public access and meaningful visitor experiences. Key elements that will be outlined in the new management plan include:

  • Vision statement that defines the identity and meaning of ILCA
  • Objectives that describe what the management plan aims to accomplish
  • Outcomes that describe the desired results and the directions that are needed to achieve them
  • Conceptual site plan that identifies park amenities and visitor experiences
  • Strategies for trails and natural resource management
  • Current and future park programming including recreational activities and events

The Planning Process

The process to develop a new management plan for Island Lake Conservation Area is multi-year. We’re building from the 1997 Island Lake Conservation Area Management Plan and working within the framework of CVC’s Conservation Areas Master Strategy

The planning process includes the following phases:


Phase 1 included a comprehensive review of the natural, cultural, social and economic values of the study area. The background report was completed in March 2018.

Phase 2 included the development of the management plan’s guiding statements (vision, commitments, objectives, directions and outcomes) and conceptual site plan and illustrative renderings for new park amenities as we confirmed the types of recreation and programming that will be offered at the park.

A summary of comments received and the final directions is outlined in the Strategic Directions Report completed in August 2021.

Phase 3 will include:

  • The final vision for the conservation area
  • Elaboration on directions and actions outlined in the strategic directions report through conceptual design, policies and implementation schedules

This Plan – with a 25-year time frame – will guide the following activities:

  • Park management and operations
  • Restoration and natural resource management
  • Recreation and interpretive programming
  • Infrastructure development
  • Community partnerships
  • Evaluation and updates at appropriate intervals

The draft management plan is complete and is being circulated to staff and stakeholders for comment. Key elements of the plan will be shared with the public and discussed at a virtual public meeting on September 29, 2021.

The final management plan for ILCA is anticipated to be completed by end of 2021

The management plan will also address implementation of activities, including costing and phasing.

Where are we now?

We’ve conducted a variety of engagement methods to inform the new management plan:

  • To better understand and evaluate Island Lake CA values and pressures, we learned what is valued most about Island Lake CA and what changes are welcomed through technical and stakeholder meetings and an online public survey.
  • Heard about concerns over visitor capacity and turned to our visitor data to better understand visitation patterns and where capacity issues are emerging.
  • Conducted an online visioning session with staff and community stakeholders to brainstorm ideas for future park experiences, facilities, partnerships and education.

View our timelines and milestones for the management plan.

Here are the documents that we shared at our first community consultation in April 2021:

Here’s what we shared at our second community consultation in September 2021:

  • Executive Summary for the draft management plan

  • Meeting presentation and recorded video of the meeting
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Review answers to frequently asked questions about the Island Lake Conservation Area Management Plan.

    The current Island Lake Conservation Area Management Plan was completed in 1997 and outlines objectives and directions for 20 years. This plan, with an addition in 2005, set the stage for the development of several recreational facilities and supporting infrastructure such as the boat launch, docks, picnic pavilions, washrooms, parking lots, viewing platforms, fishing piers and trail system.

    A lot has changed over the years, and a new plan will establish an updated vision and objectives that respond to current opportunities and pressures. A new set of directions will guide natural resource management, capital investments, recreation and visitor experiences over the next 25 years.

    We are engaging in meaningful collaboration with CVC technical experts, partners, Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public over the course of the management plan’s development.

    We are engaging:

    1. You

    We are hosting public consultation activities and Public Information Centres at key stages of the project, please visit this page often or sign up for project updates. We welcome your questions, comments and feedback about the project at any time.

    1. Stakeholder Advisory Committee

    A Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) is in place to act as a forum where CVC and community stakeholders can build relationships, share ideas and guide the resolution of key issues and challenges for the management plan. It’s made up of interested members of relevant community organizations, member municipalities and onsite stakeholders. The SAC is the primary avenue for stakeholder feedback and commentary as we develop the management plan for Island Lake Conservation Area.

    View SAC meeting documents.

    1. Credit Valley Trail Partners

    Island Lake Conservation Area is home to the future site of the northern terminus for the Credit Valley Trail (CVT) – a legacy project led by CVC. The CVT will be a 100 kilometre pathway through the Credit River Valley – from the hills of the headwaters in Orangeville to Lake Ontario in Mississauga.

    Members of the CVT Orangeville Chapter are supporting the connection of the CVT the trail to ILCA and helping steer the overall trail development, fundraising and community engagement activities. The CVT Indigenous Roundtable guides all Indigenous related planning for the CVT, including planning for Indigenous themed experiential elements to be constructed at ILCA. Learn more about the Credit Valley Trail.

    1. Technical Advisory Committee

    CVC established a committee of staff experts from across multiple disciplines to participate on the management plan’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Representatives from park operations, conservation lands planning, ecology, fisheries, water resources, green infrastructure, climate change science, plan review, education, restoration, and senior management will guide the management plan’s vision, objectives, directions and outcomes.

    1. CVC Board of Directors

    CVC’s Board of Directors authorized the completion of a new park management plan for ILCA. Our staff provide updates to the Board on a regular basis and seek their feedback. Learn more about CVC’s Board of Directors and governance.

    Review answers to frequently asked questions about CVC’s Management Plan process.

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