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Durham Conservation Area

Camping and day use area and home to scenic McGowan falls. For the latest update on COVID-19, see expanded text below.

  • Only Cedarview and Pinewood Campgrounds are open to transient and seasonal campers 
  • No outside visitors allowed
  • Washrooms and the picnic shelter at McGowan Falls remain closed.
  • Showers will remain closed until further notice
  • SVCA encourages campers to come self contained, as limited washroom facilities are available 
  • We have increased our cleaning schedule and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with public health guidelines.
  • Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer are available outside and inside washrooms to use prior to and after using the facilities.
  • The activity centre will be open (wi-fi available), however, no gatherings larger than 10 people are allowed and bring your own seating
  • The playground equipment remains closed
  • Swimming at McGowan Falls and the Middle Durham Dam is open, however no changing facilities or washrooms available
  • No groups larger than 10 people can gather
  • SVCA encourages 2 metre social distancing from outside of a family unit
  • All events are cancelled until further notice
  • Wipes are available at the dump station. Please bring your own gloves.
  • To maintain visitor and staff safety, equipment rentals are presently not available  
  • Trails are all open for passive recreation

Durham Conservation Area is nestled along a picturesque stretch of the winding Saugeen River. It covers over 61 ha (150 acres) including over 3 kms (2 miles) of Saugeen River frontage within the Town of Durham. Scenic McGowan Falls is one of the highlights of this beautiful park. Note:  Wifi now available!

A wide variety of activities can be enjoyed by both campers and day-users (see map).

The Durham Conservation Area hosts one of three campgrounds operated by Saugeen Conservation.

Facilities include picnic shelters, modern shower and washroom facilities as well as a trailer dumping/recycling station. Firewood is also for sale on-site.

book a campsite


323198 Durham Rd. E., West Grey, R.R.#1
Durham, ON N0G 1R0
Campgound Office 519.369.2074

picnic shelters
(see property map)

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