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Walk-ins Welcome at Island Lake: Park Responsibly

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Credit Valley Conservation

Island Lake Conservation Area is now operating under its 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, has become a very popular destination for both local and out-of-town visitors.

Under Credit Valley Conservation’s (CVC) current practice, park visitors can access the park using active transportation at no charge. Active transportation includes any human-powered transportation such as walking, cycling or jogging.

CVC is committed to providing inclusive access to the park through this practice. It has partnered with the Town of Orangeville, Town of Mono and local Home Hardware business to provide designated parking areas. Limited spaces are available.

“We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy our community lakeside trail, and we are grateful for the support of partners,” said Bill Lidster, Manager, Conservation Parks at CVC.

“We want to be good neighbours. 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.”

For park visitors participating in CVC’s active transportation, parking is available at both the north and south access points.  Locations include:

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

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 CVC membership and receive 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 key ways it 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.

“The lakeside trail is the heart of Island Lake. It was built by the community. We want everyone to experience and enjoy it today, and in the future,” continued Lidster.

Credit Valley Conservation

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, CVC has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

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Jamie Williams
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Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 285
jwilliams@creditvalleyca.ca

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