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Trail ConstructionThe main trail from the Bath Road (Highway 33) parking lot at Parrott's Bay Conservation Area will be under construction the week of November 8 to 12. For your own safety, please watch for construction signs and avoid these areas.
Parrott's Bay Master Plan DevelopmentA public open house to review the final draft master plan was held on Tuesday, May 12, 2009.
For more information about the Parrott's Bay Master Plan click here.
How to Get ThereParrott's Bay Conservation Area is located between Amherstview and Bath, with entrances off Hwy. 33 and Taylor-Kidd-Blvd.
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Trails & Facilities
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Parrott's Bay Conservation Area
The Conservation Area has limited facilities. There are no washrooms or privies on this property.
Hiking and Cross Country SkiingMore than 5 km of trails cross woodland, wetland and field areas.
Wildlife Viewing and Nature AppreciationThe wetlands, woods and shoreline areas provide many opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature appreciation.
PicnickingPicnic tables are available at the Loyalist Parkway entrance.
FishingIs permitted in the Conservation Area in accordance with current Ministry of Natural Resources regulations.
HistoryIn 1966, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (in conjunction with the St. Lawrence Parks commission) investigated the potential value of certain recreational sites within its watershed. Included in this study was Parrott's Bay, a wetland marsh located just west of Amherstview.
The area was examined, both by foot and by canoe, by a field reconnaissance at the time. Although no move was made in 1966 towards acquisition of the wetland, the area was considered to be of value for conservation purposes. The property has been designated as public recreation area since 1969 by Ernestown Township Council to preclude development. As a public recreation area, Parrott's Bay has been a source of passive enjoyment for canoeists, anglers, and naturalists. For over ten years, Ernestown Township bought these lands from private landowners, with the idea that the CRCA would eventually buy these lands from them.In the early 1990s, the CRCA bought most of the land surrounding Parrott's Bay from Ernestown Township. The land acquisition was completed in 2006.
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