Many parks, conservation areas and trails across Carolinian Canada offer opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and our Carolinian wildlife. This list includes some of the more accessible locations.
Carolinian Canada Big Picture Habitats
In 2001, over 100 Big Picture Core Habitats were identified across Carolinian Canada within a network of natural areas, based on data from the Natural Heritage Information Centre and a committee of experts. Explore our Caring for Nature factsheets for 12 counties to find Big Picture habitat maps, sites to visit, volunteer opportunities and stewardship stories from local groups and landowners.
Carolinian Canada Signature Sites
In 1984, 38 sites were identified as critical natural areas in a study by the identification sub-committee of Carolinian Canada. Many of these sites are now owned by conservation organizations and can be visited today, and provide excellent places to explore Carolinian ecosystems.
Carolinian Canada, working with local partners, is placing permanent plaques at many of these 38 sites honouring efforts to protect the sites, assisted by the Trillium Foundation.
National & Provincial Parks, Conservation Areas, Trails and Other Sites
National & Provincial Parks & Wildlife Areas
Many parks, conservation areas and trails across Carolinian Canada offer opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and our Carolinian wildlife. This list includes some of the more accessible locations. You can also purchase "The Hike Ontario Guide to Walks in Carolinian Canada" from your local bookseller or from Hike Ontario.
National Wildlife Areas & Migratory Bird Sanctuaries
Five national wildlife areas and one migratory bird sanctuary are located in Carolinian Canada:
- St. Clair
- Long Point
- Big Creek
- Mohawk Island
- Pinafore Park
Twenty-one provincial parks are located across the Carolinian zone. These parks offer some of the best remaining Carolinian habitat left in the region. Hiking, boating, camping and nature walks are offered in the parks.
Provincial Wildlife Management Areas
Eleven provincial wildlife management areas are located in Carolinian Canada:
Conservation lands owned by the fourteen Conservation Authorities in the Carolinian zone include some of the best remaining Carolinian habitat and many rare Carolinian species. Each authority offers information on their lands. A guide to all conservation areas in Ontario can be obtained from Conservation Ontario.
Hiking and multi-use trails offer excellent opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and experience Carolinian habitats and species. The following organizations offer information on trails in the region. Many trails are also located on Conservation Authority lands and in provincial parks.
Carolinian Canada EcoTrails
Checkout Carolinian Canada's EcoTrails Program to see what we are doing with trail opperators on the ground
Trail Clubs and Associations
Many other parks and nature reserves are owned and operated by naturalist clubs, land trusts, Municipalities and other organizations. These are only a few of those.