Conservation Areas

Conservation Areas Overview

PHASE THREE: 

As Niagara Region, Hamilton and Haldimand enter Phase Three of the Province of Ontario's reopening framework, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is excited to expand the ameninties available at its four flagship properties — Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Chippawa Creek, and Long Beach Conservation Areas. As of As of Friday, July 24, NPCA conservation areas will open its play structures/playgrounds and observation structures. Please note these will not be regularly sanitized so visitors should use at their own risk.

TRANSIENT CAMPING

As of Monday, June 29, 2020, reservations for transient and weekend camping at Chippawa Creek and Long Beach Conservation Areas are being taken. Transient and weekend camping will begin as of Monday, July 6. The campgrounds will be operating at 50 per cent capacity for the duration of the camping season, from July 6 – October 11. Provincial and local public health unit guidelines and restrictions apply. Physical distancing of 2 m must be maintained at all times, group gatherings of over 10 people are not permitted. For more information on Camping Rules and Regulations please visit Get Involved Portal.

For more information or to book a campsite at Chippawa Creek Conservation Area, click HERE. 

For more information or to book a campsite at Long Beach Conservation Area, click HERE. 

Please be advised that in order for camping reservations to be complete, all adults in the group must complete the NPCA Transient Camping COVID-19 form (available at time of reservation). Some services and amenities remain unavailable at NPCA campgrounds including:

  • Shower facilities
  • Waste water pumping
  • Children’s play structures
  • Concession sales

PHASE TWO: 

As the Province of Ontario announces the reopening of businesses and services in Niagara and Hamilton as part of phase two of their reopening framework, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is excited to expand the facilities, services, and amenities available at its four flagship properties — Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Chippawa Creek, and Long Beach Conservation Areas.

Beginning Friday, June 19, Binbrook and Ball’s Falls Conservation Areas will open for active day-use recreation, with Long Beach and Chippawa Creek Conservation Areas scheduled for the following day, Saturday, June 20. Please note that regular day-use admission now applies. Please read complete media release HERE

While facilities, amenities, and services will vary at each of the NPCA’s flagship conservation areas, some of them will include:  

  • Gatehouses, with regular admission applied, contactless and credit/debit payment options are encouraged
  • Membership pass sales and activations
  • Washrooms (Limited to one family/household at a time)
  • Beaches (Please visit each park page for beach condition and water quality information)
  • Splashpad (Binbrook only)
  • Volleyball and sports courts
  • Picnic areas (Bring your own picnic blankets, tables are not deployed at this time)
  • Fishing piers and onshore fishing
  • Paddling and non-motorized watercraft use through boat launch (Bring your own, no rentals)

Visitors are asked to follow these guidelines when at NPCA conservation areas:

  • Practice physical distance by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other visitors
  • Do not gather in large groups of more than 10 people
  • Alcohol is prohibited at all NPCA Conservation Areas. Please refrain from bringing any glass bottles. 
  • Keep pets on leash and clean up after them  
  • Do not litter
  • Take trash with you when leaving the property
  • Respect wildlife and plant-life  
  • All visitors must vacate by 8 p.m.
  • As regular day-use admission rates apply, contactless and credit/debit payment options are highly encouraged.

ABOUT OUR CONSERVATION AREAS: 

The NPCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario and manages 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula watershed held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. These natural and shared greenspaces marry nature, culture and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.

Please check out the map below and come visit a Conservation near you! For more information on recreational opportunities such as birding, hiking, swimming, and fishing, please see the map below!