(formerly known as Headquarters Conservation Area)
This Conservation Area is indeed, one of Saugeen Conservation's most popular day-use parks.
This property is located 4.8 km south of the Town of Hanover.
This park was virtually the creation of Mr. A. J. Metzger, a man who had a great deal of respect and love for nature. In the early 1920's Mr. Metzger directed the digging, by hand, of a network of streams and ponds throughout the grounds to support the activities of a fish hatchery. He also built shelters and pens for exotic birds and other forms of wildlife. Unfortunately, the hard sulphur waters would not support young fish. Today, the fish ponds support mature rainbow trout for visitors to watch and enjoy.
In 1969, this beautiful park was sold to Saugeen Conservation as a site for their main office, thanks in part to the efforts of Saugeen's first Chairman, Irwin Lobsinger.
To this day, hundreds of ducks and geese frequent the park. It boasts over 5 km of trails featuring different habitats as well as interesting and unique flora. The property is also a host to cold sulphur spring which maintains a constant flow of groundwater (enough to fill 27 bathtubs per minute). The temperature remains a constant 49 degrees Fahrenheit or 9 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
This park has excellent trail networks which feature a variety of habitats and specialized environments. The trails are open year-round.
This property also hosts a facility that houses exotic birds, including pheasants, peafowl and ducks.
Visitors can also enjoy the fish ponds, where full grown trout swim lazily about in the fresh clean water which is replenished constantly through the sulphur spring mentioned above.
Sulphur Spring C.A. also features the Celebration Forest, also a program of the Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation. Individuals can dedicate a full grown tree to someone special for any of life's occasions, including births, anniversaries, retirements or, just because! Fees correspond to tree size.
Please note, the fee is $5.00 / car to be deposited in the donation box at the information kiosk.