© 2021 — Grey Sauble Conservation Authority

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority believes in a healthy watershed environment in balance with the needs of society.

As one of 36 Conservation Authorities established in the Province of Ontario under the Conservation Authorities Act we have made it our mission, in partnership with the stakeholders of the watershed, to promote and undertake sustainable management of renewable natural resources and to provide responsible leadership to enhance biodiversity and environmental awareness. 

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority employs a team of experts who are passionate about protecting, managing and conserving our natural resources and habitats and sharing their appreciation and understanding of the environment with others. 

Parking fees contribute to trail & grounds maintenance and protection, as well as tax payments for the 28,000 acres of natural areas that we own in Grey & Bruce Counties. They also go to ammenities such as washrooms, bridges, parking areas and pavilions.


Georgian Bay

Lake Huron

GSCA owns and manages 11,734 hectares (28,995 acres) of land throughout its 3,191 square kilometre (1,983 square mile) jurisdiction.

For information on Pavilion Rentals go here.

At the GSCA we believe that time spent in nature has countless benefits for children that will last a lifetime, which is why the program allows campers to be outside exploring the environment around us!

If you are planning on building, changing the existing grade, adding or removing material if you are near a river, stream, lake, shoreline, wetland or slope, you may need a permit for these activities.

Our staff are experienced, certified and licenced to provide services that benefit you and your property. Check out more information about forestry services, tree orders and our annual tree sale.

Click to view publications such as Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Audit Statements, By-Laws and Applications forms.

Check out our employment opportunities.

GSCA charges fees for various services and programs. These include planning and permit fees, parking fees, mapping and forestry services.

Donations are greatly appreciated and help GSCA to undertake their important programs and maintain the beautiful properties that they own.


GSCA Administrative Centre is Reopening to the Public

The GSCA office will be open again to the public starting on October 12, 2021. The lobby will be open between 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (Monday-Friday) for individuals to drop off items, pick up any necessary materials, and to pay for services. COVID-19 self-screening will be required prior to entering the building and masks are mandatory. Meetings with staff will be by appointment only starting on October 18, 2021.

New Sign at Clendenan Conservation Area

On September 29, 2021 a new sign was unveiled at the Clendenan Conservation Area. With the generous support of the local Nature League, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) staff were able to research, design and have a new sign fabricated. This sign highlights history of the dam, the property features and a local hero for the environment and past Nature League member – Malcolm Kirk. Mac Kirk worked throughout his career to secure lands for conservation and appreciation and was instrumental at GSCA in this role. The Nature League directors took part in a cheque presentation and their President Rose Feaver along with Tim Lanthier, CAO for GSCA unveiled the new sign. Rebecca Ferguson, Lands Manager for GSCA, shared the history of the property along with information about the dam’s role in flooding/frazil ice management and fish migration and then took members on a guided hike along the trails on the property.

Support from groups like the Nature League is so very much appreciated, it allows GSCA to create new interpretive signage that provides a great engagement and education opportunity for the public when they visit a Conservation Area. The Nature League also sponsored a sign at GSCA’s Feversham Gorge – Madeleine Graydon Memorial Conservation Area in 2019.

Earth Film Festival Update

Due to Covid restrictions, the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation is rescheduling the 5th Annual Earth Film Festival, which was to be held on October 8, 2021 at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound. The new date for the festival is Thursday May 16, 2022 and will follow many Earth Week activities to be held in April.

The film presented at the festival will be the Canadian production, “Flight of the Butterflies”. An interactive butterfly presentation by Audrey Armstrong and photographer, Willy Waterton, will also be featured at each presentation. Audrey Armstrong is a knowledgably researcher who has devoted many years to studying the migration and habitats of monarchs and has tagged hundreds of butterflies. Her presentation titled “Bruce Grey Monarchs” will be featured followed by the film.

Students from Grades 6 to 8 will be invited to attend two daytime presentations. Each classroom teacher will receive research material and a butterfly kit to teach students about gardens and native plants that attract monarch butterflies.

The evening presentation, which is open to the public, will include draw prizes, a silent auction, and conservation displays during a social hour held in the Roxy Lobby. Representatives from SK films will be in attendance for the evening presentation to share the filming skills and techniques used in “Flight of the Butterflies”.

All funds raised from the evening presentation will benefit local conservation projects and student education grants supported by the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation.

Media Release: Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation Awards 2021 Scholarship

July 8, 2021

For Immediate Release

The Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation awards an annual $1000 scholarship to a graduating secondary school student entering a post-secondary program in an environmental or resource management related field. The scholarship is named in honour of Malcolm Kirk, who passed away in 2012. Mr. Kirk was instrumental in acquiring 80% of the lands that Grey Sauble Conservation Authority owns and manages today.

This year, the recipient of the Malcolm Kirk Environmental Scholarship is Janna Wardell, a student from Owen Sound District Secondary School who will be pursuing post-secondary education in Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph.

In the recommendation letter for this scholarship, Janna is described by one of her high school teachers as a highly deserving individual who “always demonstrated an excellent work ethic, and as a result was always successful at achieving her goals. Her positive attitude and inquisitive nature were a wonderful addition to the class.” Janna is also an outstanding athlete and a valuable member of many school and community teams, including skiing, mountain biking, lacrosse, and hockey.

Janna’s future goals are to have a career in the field of water resources and environmental protection, and she plans to continue supporting her community after finishing university. “When I graduate, I hope to return to the Grey Bruce area to live and work. This is a wonderful area, and I would love to keep it healthy for future generations” Janna Wardell.

Each year through an application process, students may apply for this valuable scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating student in the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority watershed who plans to enter an environmental program at a college or university. The deadline for applications for next year’s scholarship is May 31, 2022.

For more information:

Don Sankey, Chair
Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation


Open PDF here: https://www.greysauble.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Grey-Sauble-Conservation-Foundation-Awards-2021-Scholarship_JULY-8-2021.pdf

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Property Closures:

    • – Eugenia Falls is now closed for the fall/winter season 
    • – Indian Falls is closed due to flooding on the trails. 

Please read Visiting Conservation Areas for important info.

Please note that we are currently operating at a temporarily reduced capacity while also experiencing a high number of applications and inquiries to our Environmental Planning Department at this time. Please use our contact form only for inquiries related to planning and development permits. Inquiries must include all requested information for a response by a planning staff member.


The GSCA office is open again to the public. The lobby will be open between 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (Monday-Friday) for individuals to drop off items, pick up any necessary materials, and to pay for services. COVID-19 self-screening will be required prior to entering the building and masks are mandatory. Meetings with staff will be by appointment only starting on October 18, 2021.

Some GSCA staff will be working remotely and may not have access to office phones.

Please utilize email or website contact forms (for planning and development permit related inquiries) as the most reliable way to reach our staff at this time.

Visit this link for more information about visiting properties during COVID-19.  Please visit this link for ongoing updates related to COVID-19.

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