Conservation Areas & Trails 

Thanks for a great summer at our 16 Conservation Areas & Trails

Fall has arrived and some amenities in Conservation Areas will be closed for the winter.

The public is welcome to visit NBMCA's conservation areas throughout the fall, winter and spring.  Each season offers a unique outdoor experience in every conservation area.  It's important to dress accordingly, wear proper footwear for the ground conditions, and stay off lakes, rivers and ponds during freeze up and thaws when ice conditions are questionable.

NBMCA does not provide maintenance within the conservation areas in the off-season, so we close the following amenities until the spring:

Papineau Lake Conservation Area: dock removed. Re-installed next spring.

Mattawa Island Conservation Area: washrooms closed.

Elks Beach Conservation Area: washrooms closed; gates close when snow flies.

LaVase Portages Conservation Area: gates close when snow flies.

Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area: gates and washroom at the end of October.

Kate Pace Way & Kinsmen Trail: no snow removal or maintenance in the winter.

Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area Trails Proposal

At a community meeting held on May 30 2018 the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority unveiled its new draft Trails Proposal for the Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area. 

The Trails Proposal contains three main recommendations for consideration: 
1. a multi-use trail network of approx 20 km incorporating the existing Richardson Ridge and McNutt Family trails and an additional 12 km of trails currently in use.   Some existing sections of trail would be closed or relocated to avoid areas that have been identified as ecologically sensitive.

2.  a community bike park on Ski Club Road across from the Lower Lodge which would include a pumptrack, kid's learning loop, jump trails, a spectator area, and progression skills loops.

3. five downhill bike trails located adjacent to the runs of the Laurentian Ski Hill.

This Trails Proposal provides a starting point for the refinement of the trail network and is intended to start the community conversation.

This Proposal takes into consideration the existing trail usage, a desirable density of trails, trail maintenance requirements, and environmental sensitivities.

If you have a suggestion about trail locations, access points, or any other comments or questions, contact Sue Buckle, Manager of Communications and Outreach, at 

NBMCA Conservation Areas & Trails

The North Bay – Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) is responsible in part or whole for preserving 15 properties around the region that represent the area’s unique natural beauty and/or are of ecological significance.

Please remember all dogs must be on a leash at all times in all Conservation Areas.