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Heber Down Conservation Area

BLACK BEAR SAFETY NOTICE Central Lake Ontario Conservation has received an unconfirmed report about black bear activity within Heber Down Conservation Area. Although the risk of an encounter is low please read the "Be Bear Wise" information.

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The Heber Down Conservation Area (284 hectares) offers a variety of activities for the recreation-minded. Fishing, nature walks, and picnicking are all popular activities that can be carried out just a short distance from home. More importantly, Heber Down Conservation Area preserves a portion of the significant Iroquois Beach physiographic unit.

Seasonal Entrance Open: 500 Lyndebrook Rd, Whitby
See below Google Map.

Heber Down C.A. Brochure (PDF - 4.6 MB)

Main Entrance: 5000 Cochrane St. Whitby (Beside the Whitby off-leash dog park.



The natural valley of the Lynde Creek bisects a portion of this Conservation Area and provides many scenic vistas for those enjoying some of the 5 km of flat to gently sloped trail that runs through this property.

Springs and seeps within the provincially significant Heber Down Wetland Complex provide important groundwater recharge to this branch of the Lynde Creek Watershed. This wetland complex also provides specialized habitat for many wildlife species that depend on large treed wetland areas in order to carry out their breeding and feeding activities.

Heber Down Conservation Area Management Plan - Dec. 2010
241 pgs. (PDF - 24MB)

Heber / Hiver from Jeff Middleton on Vimeo.


Hiking   HIKING: The different trail types at Heber Down Conservation Area means there should be one for everyone. From stroller and wheelchair-friendly trails and trails with plenty of boardwalk and stairs, to longer hiking trails, visitors are bound to find a favourite.

Picnicking   PICNICKING: There are several excellent locations to have a picnic within this Conservation Area. Open and sheltered picnic areas are available for events such as weddings, family picnics and corporate events. Click here for more information on our Reservation system.

Fishing   FISHING: Heber Down offers a number of good fishing access points to the Lynde Creek and the Devilís Den Pond. These areas are favourite destinations for many fishing enthusiast. Please stay on the designated trails, take your garbage with you, and fish only at approved locations. Ontario fishing regulations apply.

Education   EDUCATION: The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority can arrange to run school programs at Heber Down Conservation Area. Click here for more information on the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Education Program.

Pet Policy   PET POLICY: Pets are permitted within Heber Down Conservation Area. Please clean up after your pet, and keep them on a leash (maximum 2 m long) at all times. Pet owners violating these regulations will be fined.

Wildlife Viewing   WILDLIFE VIEWING: There is plenty of opportunity to view all kinds of interesting wildlife within this large and diverse area. Why not join members from the Iroquois Shoreline (Heber Down Conservation Area) Raptor Watch (mid August ?November 30th) as they identify and record the number raptors that fly over this important area every fall.

Nature Studies   NATURE STUDIES: The Lynde Creek, Heber Down Wetland Complex and Iroquois Beach physiographic unit make Heber Down Conservation Area an ideal location to carry out your nature studies. Please apply for a Sensitive Areas Permit if you would like to venture beyond the designated trail system and activity areas.

Season of Operation

This conservation area is open from dawn to dusk year round for your enjoyment.

Downloads and Maps

Download the Heber Down C.A. Brochure (PDF - 3.1 MB)
(Includes Trail Map)

Directions to Heber Down Conservation Area

Directions to Heber Down Conservation Area

Exit 401 at Brock St. in Whitby. Take Taunton Rd. LEFT from Brock St. to Country Lane Rd. Go RIGHT on Country Lane Rd. and travel north to the main entrance. Enter through the main gate and follow the road to the day-use parking lot.

Pay and Display Parking is in effect at a cost of:
Max. - $6/ vehicle/day or $3/ hour.

Google Map: Main Parking Lot ~ Heber Down Conservation Area


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