The H.R. Frink conservation area at 381 and 384 Thrasher Road, Plainfield ON, has two sets of trail systems for a total of 12 km that wind through forests on either side of Thrasher Road. The north side of the area contains an education centre that is run by local school boards. The south side of the area contains the wetland ecology boardwalk, allowing visitors the opportunity to experience the provincially significant wetland on a different level.

Public parking for this area is located on the south side of Thrasher Road.

Take a virtual tour with our guided hike story map.

Things to look for

  • The Wetland Ecology Boardwalk and a variety of wetland fauna and flora
  • Maple sugar bush
  • The Moira River
  • Cedar Creek lookout


  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Nature photography


  • Parking lot
  • Portable washroom
  • Picnic tables
  • Picnic shelter


You must pay to park at this wildlife area. There is a daily parking pass that you can use between areas. A daily pass is valid on the day of purchase between sunrise and sunset. You can buy a daily parking pass through the Mackay Pay app.

Yearly parking passes give you access to all of our areas with paid parking. To buy a yearly pass, call the office during our regular operating hours.

See an issue?

Help us keep our outdoor spaces clean and our wildlife safe! Please report a non-emergency issue or a concern by contacting our office.

Things to keep in mind during your visit

When visiting the H.R. Frink Conservation Area, please make sure to:

  • Keep your pets leashed and clean up after them at all times
  • Stay on marked trails
  • Take everything with you, including your pet's waste – there are no garbage bins
  • Never remove natural items

Please note:

  • Overnight camping is not allowed
  • Alcohol is not allowed
  • Campfires are not allowed

Cross-country trails and motorized vehicles

The cross-country skiing trails are not groomed and motorized vehicles are not permitted outside of designated parking areas.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • All-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes
  • Motorized or electric bikes
  • Snowmobiles
  • Cars and SUVs
  • Motorized aerial devices such as drones