© 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

Currently Closed: Indian Falls.

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

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.


Kolapore Uplands Compartment 83 will be closed starting September 9, 2018

Kolapore Uplands – Compartment 83
Lot 12, Concession 14 (former Osprey Township) Grey Highlands, Grey County
Kolapore Uplands Compartment 83 will be closed starting September 9, 2018 and anticipated to be reopened December 31, 2018 due to a scheduled stand improvement operation.

The goal of Grey Sauble Conservation Authority’s (GSC) Forest Management Program is to maintain healthy, diverse forest ecosystems which will provide many environmental, ecological, social and cultural benefits. The harvest operation, identified in our Forest Management Plan, will involve removal of trees to improve and maintain the health of the residual forest. The trees to be removed are carefully selected based on their vigour and quality. Wildlife habitat features such as stick nests, cavity trees and mast trees area retained to provide food and shelter for wildlife.

Wood from this harvest will provide lumber, renewable energy and firewood. Revenues generated by this operation support the conservation efforts of GSC and the local economy.

The forests owned and managed by Grey Sauble Conservation Authority have achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ® C018800) through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s (EOMF) Forest Certification Program. The results of this stand improvement operation will be a healthy, diverse ecosystem that provides forest products, valuable wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for the residents of our watershed.

This operation is consistent with GSC’s mandate to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources.
For further information about this closure and the stand improvement operation please contact GSC at 519-376-3076.

Request for Proposal for LiDAR

To view the LiDAR Request for Proposal please click this link.

Proposals must be submitted via email on or before 5:00pm on August 3rd, 2018 to be considered for evaluation.


Private Well Water Survey

Sarah Lavallee, a graduate student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, under the supervision of Dr. Anna Majury. We are currently working on a research project associated with private groundwater drinking sources; i.e. well water. This project aims to understand knowledge regarding private well water use and stewardship, with the aim to develop a knowledge-based tool intended for use by private well owners and environmental specialists.

We are interested in surveying residents who have a well on their property. The survey is a collaboration between Queen’s University, McMaster University, Dublin Institute of Technology and Public Health Ontario. The information gathered from this survey will contribute to the research project titled, “Exploring, Developing and Evaluating Drinking Water Vulnerability Assessment Measures: Implications for rural Ontario communities using private groundwater drinking sources” (The “WELLness” Project).

Our research team is hoping to collaborate with your conservation authority in order to promote this survey through your website and/or contact lists with a link that will re-direct interested individuals to the survey. The survey will only take 10-12 minutes to complete.

You will find the link to the survey here:

Private Well Survey


Grey Sauble Conservation Releases 2018 Watershed Report Card

The five-year update of Conservation Authority Watershed Report Cards rollout today, and the grades indicate that many of Ontario’s watersheds, particularly those in southern, more urban areas are stressed. In contrast, the local Grey Sauble watersheds scored very well, with most achieving a grade of Good to Excellent!

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Property Closures: Indian Falls (seasonal closure), Spirit Rock (gate and parking area are closed but trails remain open), Skinners Marsh-McNab Lake Compartment 109 (forestry operation). 

Most Properties and Trails Are Open! 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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