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Most Properties and Trails Are Open! Visit this link for a list of closures and about visiting properties during COVID-19.

The Administration Office is currently closed to the public. Please visit this link for ongoing updates related to COVID-19.

We would like to remind all visitors to GSCA properties to use caution this time of year, as trails may be slippery due to ice and snow. 

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.


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.

Latest News

Work to Begin on the Owen Sound Mill Dam

Update – Mill Dam project extended, closed until January 31, 2016
The Conservation Authority is planning on completing long awaited concrete repairs to the Owen Sound Mill Dam. As a result, the gates will be raised immediately after the Thanksgiving weekend to allow the contractor to start the work. Water levels will drop but may fluctuate up and down depending on the amount of rain we receive this fall.

The contractor will be installing a temporary small dam behind the existing main gates so that the work area will be dry. All flows will be directed to the Mill Race and fishway. We are hopeful that the work can be completed by the end of November but it will be weather dependent.

Fish will still be able to migrate through the fishway. Unfortunately, in order to maintain a safe and secure work area, the access over the dam will be closed. The wooden deck will be removed and eventually replaced. No one will be allowed in this area.

If you wish to be kept up to date with this project or want to be informed regarding operations of the Mill Dam, contact John Bittorf (Water Resources Coordinator) by email j.bittorf@greysauble.on.ca and he will add you to our Mill Dam email list. All emails are kept confidential and you can remove your email at any time.

Grey Sauble Conservation
237897 Inglis Falls Road
Owen Sound, Ontario  N4K 5N6

WSP Canada Inc.
1450 1st Avenue West, Suite 101
Owen Sound, Ontario  N4K 5W3
519-376-7612 ext. 13259

Twenty Years in the Making – planting a living legacy

In 1995, the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation had a vision of creating a Memorial Forest Program. Through the support of Downs & Son, George Funeral Home and many hundreds of families, today over 2,000 trees have been planted in memory of a loved one. This year 189 trees were purchased and planted by volunteers for the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation at three different Memorial Forest sites: Big Mud Lake Management Area in Wiarton, Pottawatomi Conservation Area outside of Owen Sound and Griersville Management Area south of Meaford. Each site welcomes you with a small trail, bench and sign hosting all the names that have had a tree planted in their memory.

On June 14th, five hundred people are expected to attend the dedication ceremony held at the Grey Sauble Conservation Administration Centre for the families and donors of the memorial trees that have been purchased in the past year. At the end of the ceremony, one commemorative tree is dedicated in the Arboretum to mark the occasion and represents all of the trees planted that year at all three Memorial Forest Sites.

The vision of the Grey Sauble Conservation Foundation and the once empty fields are now a living memorial in memory of our loved ones, a place for our future generations and where you can find
peace, quiet reflection and remembrance.

Congratulations on building a forest and providing a living legacy for our loved ones!

Krista McKee
Community Relations Coordinator
519 376-3076 ext 224

Access trail closed to the base of INDIAN and INGLIS Falls

We remind everyone about the risks associated with unstable ice conditions and changes in watercourse flows as spring approaches. Climbing on waterfalls in any season is not a permitted
activity” states Chris Hachey, Lands Coordinator at Grey Sauble.

“This week’s warm weather – has started to deteriorate snow and ice strength. The ice has become unstable and water flows have started to increase”, explains Krista McKee, Community Relations Coordinator.

Visitors are reminded to stay on designated/marked trails and to stay alert for hidden dangers such as unstable ice, falling snow, cliff edges and changes to weather conditions.

BE responsible…. BE safe!

If you require further information, please contact me.

Krista McKee
Community Relations Coordinator
Grey Sauble Conservation
237897 Inglis Falls Road, R.R.#4
Owen Sound, Ont
519 376-3076 ext 224

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