© 2021 — Grey Sauble Conservation Authority

Grey Sauble Conservation is one of 36 Conservation Authorities established in the Province of Ontario under the Conservation Authorities Act (R.S.O. 1990). 

Grey Sauble Conservation is a community-based environmental agency which owns and manages 11,734 hectares (28,995 acres) of some of the most scenic and environmentally sensitive lands in Grey and Bruce Counties.

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.



Message Number: 2021-02

Issued on: September 22, 2021 (10:30am)

Issued by: John Bittorf, Water Resources Coordinator

To:  Watershed Municipalities and Watershed Media


Environment Canada’s rainfall warning is expected to be in effect through to Thursday morning with anticipated rainfall amounts ranging from 50 to 75 mm with a few areas possibly reaching 100 mm.  So far, our watersheds have received up to 50 mm but this is highly variable with some areas only receiving 10-15 mm.  Our watersheds have done an excellent job absorbing most of this rainfall, but they are now saturated, and runoff is anticipated from the added moisture. Stream and river flows are expected to rise throughout the day but are not expected to cause unusual flooding. Flooding may occur in low lying areas that typically flood seasonally.

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.


For Consulting Services for Grey Sauble Conservation Administrative Centre Renovation

Closing Date: October 11, 2021 (4:00pm EST)

Property Closure: Kemble Mountain Management Area (Compartment 71 & 73)

Kemble Mountain Management Area (Compartments 71 and 73) will be closed starting 11 August
2021 and anticipated to be reopened 31 December 2021 due to a scheduled hardwood stand
improvement operation.

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Hibou Conservation Area is OPEN. Grey Road 15 is closed between Owen Sound and Hibou Conservation Area which is currently accessible from the North via Leith.

Property Closures:

  • Indian Falls is closed due to flooding on the trails. 
  • Kemble Mountain Management Area (Compartment 71 & 73); Keppel Forest Management Area (Compartment 78); and Skinners Marsh-McNab Lake Management Area are closed for a scheduled forestry operations.
  • Please read Visiting Conservation Areas During COVID-19 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.


Please note that due to concerns regarding COVID-19, GSCA has closed its Administrative Office to the public.  During this time, 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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