Cataraqui Region Conservation Areas
Both the Lyn Valley Conservation Area and Mac Johnson Wildlife Area are maintained and protected by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA). In addition to habitat protection and managing the recreational facilities at both areas, the CRCA provides access to environmental education programs.
For further information on the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, visit their websites at https://cataraquiconservation.ca/, www.cleanwatercataraqui.ca or www.cataraquitrail.ca.
Phone: 613-546-4228 or 1-877-956-2722
Lyn Valley Conservation & Swimming Area
Lyn Valley Conservation Area is one of the Township’s most popular outdoor destinations. Located next to the historic village of Lyn, Lyn Valley Conservation Area can be accessed off Hallecks Road North. A spectacular view of the Lyn Valley Conservation Area can be had from the village perched high on the cliffs above.
Featuring a swimming area, known locally as Lyn Pit, complete with sandy beach and changing facilities, the swimming area in the Lyn Valley Conservation Area is the perfect location for a day at the beach. Picnic facilities are available next to the water. It is at the swimming area that the Township holds its swimming program during the summer months.
The maintenance of the swimming area is over seen by the CRCA, and the water is monitored on a regular basis. For more information about the water quality, visit the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit’s website at https://healthunit.org/health-information/recreational-water/.
Mac Johnson Wildlife Area
Located north of Brockville, just two km from County Road 29, Mac Johnson Wildlife Area includes 532 hectares of wetland, field and forest. The reservoir located on this property maintains water levels for the Buells Creek System which flows through the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley and the City of Brockville. The reservoir is also a Class 1 provincially significant wetland with a high diversity of plant and animal life.
Also known locally as the Back Pond, the Wildlife Area was renamed in 1987 to recognize the efforts and achievements of a Brockville resident and early Conservation Authority member Mac Johnson. The Friends of Mac Johnson Wildlife Area is a local group of volunteers that help to maintain and promote the area. If you are interested in joining please call (613) 345-1990.