December 21, 2021


Quinte Conservation would like to thank conservation area pass holders for their support as parking fees generated over the last several years have helped to make upgrades at a variety of conservation areas throughout the Quinte Watershed.

Corporate Services Manager, Tammy Smith, says, “We are incredibly thankful to our area users who support our public conservation areas by purchasing annual parking passes or by paying for day use. This year alone, we have been able to make upgrades at six of our conservation areas throughout the 6,000 km2 Watershed.”

The upgrades include two new screened trails for ease of access at Vanderwater and Sheffield, new footbridges were installed at Sidney and Macaulay Mountain, a new safety fence and picnic tables, along with trail grading to the cobble stone beach were added to Little Bluff, and new picnic tables were replaced at Depot Lakes. A variety of Conservation Areas also received new entrance and educational signage, native species plantings, invasive species control, general maintenance, and GPS updates to trail mapping.

Smith continues, “It’s really important for us to keep our areas natural, while still creating a safe and accessible space that enables users of all skill levels and abilities to spend time in nature.”

Last year, a screened trail was added at the H.R. Frink Centre to allow ease of access to the wetland ecology boardwalk for users - particularly those with mobility aids, such as wheelchairs and walkers, as well as for those with strollers.

Smith adds, “H.R. Frink is one of our most popular locations and we are excited to offer an ease of access trail as it creates inclusivity and ensures that everyone in a family or group get to spend time in nature.”

For more information, or to purchase an annual conservation area parking pass, visit Quinte
Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at


For more information contact:
Kirsten Geisler, Communications Specialist
(613) 968-3434 ext. 123