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Rules and Regulations

Campground Rules and Regulations

Activities on Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority lands are governed by the Conservation Authorities Act, R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 133. A copy of the Regulations is at the gatehouse for review by park users.

Campground Fees

General Rules and Regulations

  1. All vehicles are to stop at the gatehouse to check in with gate staff for their camping permit before proceeding to their campsite.
  2. Camping permits must be displayed on dashboards and seasonal camper stickers affixed to windshield and shown to gate staff upon entry.
  3. Drivers must obey the Highway Traffic Act, posted speed limits, signs and be aware of pedestrians, especially children at all times.  All Terrain Vehicles, Golf Carts etc. are prohibited in the campground.
  4. Generators are NOT permitted in the campground, except in the equestrian and group areas, operated from 9am to 9pm.
  5. Campsites must be kept clean and tidy at all times. Deposit all garbage in proper receptacles located within the campground. If a campsite is left untidy, a fee of $75.00 will be charged to your credit card.
  6. The Conservation Authority encourages recycling. Please utilize the proper recycling bins on site.
  7. Every person using the campground or other facility in the Conservation Area shall maintain it in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.
  8. Beach and swimming areas are unsupervised. Use at your own risk. Parents/Guardians are responsible for their child’s safety.
  9. Rowdy behavior, excessive noise or swearing will not be tolerated.
  10. Fireworks are prohibited by regulation, except for specific designated holidays and only if approved and under the direction of the SVCA staff.
  11. The SVCA assumes no responsibility whatsoever for personal injury or loss/damage to vehicles or personal property of any kind.


  1. Check-in time is after 2:00 p.m. and Check-out time is before 12:00 p.m.
  2. Campsite permit holders must be at least 18 years of age.
  3. The permit holder is responsible for the conduct and behavior of their family and guests.
  4. A maximum of 6 persons are permitted per campsite, unless it is a single family of parents and their children living at the same address.
  5. Where space permits, a maximum of 3 pieces of shelter equipment is allowed per campsite. Only one of which may be a travel trailer, tent trailer, camper van, motor home or self-propelled camping unit.
  6. Quiet time is from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. All electronic devices are to be turned off during quiet hours so as not to disturb other campers.
  7. Campfires are only allowed in the fire pits provided at each campsite and only to a maximum of 0.6 metres (2 feet) in height.
  8. Please be considerate of fellow campers and arrive early (prior to 10:00 p.m.) to set up your campsite. The noise created from setting up is often disturbing to other campers. If this is not possible, please keep noise to a minimum. 

Additional Vehicles

  1. The fee for up to two vehicles is included in your campsite fee, all other vehicles must purchase an “Additional Vehicle Permit” at the campground upon registration and park in the “additional vehicle” parking area. The number of additional vehicles permitted per campsite may be limited by the superintendent or gate staff.

Campsite Visitors

  1. All visitors to the campground must purchase a day use pass and their vehicles must be parked in the additional vehicle parking areas
  2. No visitors are allowed to enter the campground or park after 9:00 p.m.
  3. Day visitors must leave the campground by 10:00 p.m.
  4. Overnight visitors must pay “Overnight Guest” fee per person and/or per vehicle fee.
  5. Seasonal campers may purchase a seasonal visitor permit which allows visitors to their site at no charge to the visitor. Seasonal visitors pass is non-transferrable. Please advise the gate staff if you are expecting day visitors.

Alcoholic Beverages

  1. Alcohol / Cannabis may only be consumed on a registered campsite.
  2. Alcohol / Cannabis are not permitted in day-use or public areas including picnic shelters.


  1. Please help us protect our forests and do not bring firewood from home. Moving firewood, even just a few kilometres away, can spread invasive and destructive insect species such as the Emerald Ash Borer and Asian long-horned beetle to our forests. Firewood is available onsite from government inspected suppliers. Any remaining firewood shall not leave the conservation area.


  1. When making a reservation, you will be asked for the following information:
  • Your name, address, postal code and telephone number
  • Email address
  • Arrival/departure dates
  • Size and type of camping equipment
  • Type of site required (hydro/water, camping equipment, etc.)
  • Number of people in your party
  • Method of payment (credit card number, expiry date, CVC number)
  1. Multiple reservations in the same name for the same time period are not allowed! Reservations must be made in the name of the person who is arriving to pick up the camping permit. Reservations cannot be assigned from one person to another at the time of arrival. If a name change is required, please make changes at the online reservation site at or contact 519-367-3040. Only the person named on the permit shall make those changes. The site shall not be occupied until the changes are made.
  2. A NON-REFUNDABLE reservation fee will be charged to each site.  Please refer to fees.
  3. Full payment of camping and reservation fees are payable at the time your reservation is confirmed. Payment must be made by Visa or Mastercard, cash and debit cards are accepted in person.
  4. A 3 night minimum payment is required on holiday long weekends.
  5. On-line reservations can be made up until 6:00 p.m. the day of arrival.
  6. Off-season rates apply from the last Friday in April (park opening), to the Wednesday before Victoria Day and from the day after Labour Day to the end of the season (Thanksgiving Monday). Campgrounds will have limited services during the off-season periods.
  7. A “no-show” is a reservation that has not been claimed by noon the day following the arrival date. A “no-show” will result in the reservation being cancelled with no refund and the campsite will become available to a new camper.

Cancellations or Changes to a Reservation

1. Please note that a minimum fee will be applied to any cancellation or change to a Reservation.  Once again, refer to fees.  Higher penalties will apply if a reservation is cancelled within 3 days of your set arrival  (e.g. cancelled on Tuesday for the following Friday arrival), the penalty is a fee equal to the value of the first 2 nights (1 night for a 1 night reservation).

For Example: A reservation scheduled to arrive on Friday, 27th must be cancelled by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, 23rd to qualify for the minimum cancellation fee. Cancelling anytime after 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, 24th will be subject to the 2 night forfeit (1 night for a 1 night reservation).

2. If a reservation is cancelled 4 or more calendar days prior to arrival (up to and including Monday for an arrival the following Friday), a Campsite Cancellation Fee will be applied.  Refer to the fee schedule.  

3. If a reservation is cancelled 3 or fewer calendar days prior to arrival (e.g., cancelled on Tuesday for the following Friday arrival), the penalty is a fee equal to the value of the first 2 nights (1 night for a 1-night reservation).

4. Reservation/Change/Cancellation Fees are Non-Refundable.

5. When cancelling prior to departure time, NO CASH refunds are provided under any circumstances at the campground. No refunds will be issued, only a Camping Voucher for unused nights may be granted by submitting a request to the Administration Office in Formosa. Request must be submitted within 20 days from departure. A request may take up to 30 days to process.

6. Campers evicted from the campground for any circumstance are not eligible for reimbursement.

7. Camping is an outdoor experience. Therefore, no reimbursement will be approved for discomforts of nature including rain, snow, temperature change and insects.


  1. Pets must be on a leash not exceeding 2 metres (6 feet) and must be under control at all times.
  2. Pets are not to make excessive noise or disturb other persons and are not permitted in the beach area.
  3. Poop and scoop applies at all times.

Picnic Shelters/Activity Centre

  1. Picnic Shelters/Activity Centre may be booked through the administrative office throughout the year or at the park during the operating season. See fees.
  2. Shelters/Centre may be booked from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  3. Durham Conservation area offers two picnic shelters. The Activity Centre accommodates 150 persons and the McGowan Falls shelter 75 persons. Picnic tables are supplied, water and washrooms are close by.
  4. Saugeen Bluffs Conservation area offers one Picnic shelter which accommodates 75 persons with picnic tables, water and washrooms close by.  Sutherland Centre accommodates 60 persons with full kitchen facilities and washrooms.
  5. Garbage receptacles are provided and renters shall leave the facility in a clean and sanitary condition at the end of the day.
  6. If the Facility is left unkempt, a clean-up fee will be applied to your credit card.
  7. Pets are allowed at the Picnic Shelters, but must be under control at all times and must be on a leash not exceeding 2 metres (6 feet).

Youth Group/Group Camping

  1. Reservations can only be made by contacting Administration Office 519-367-3040.
  2. Youth Group camping refers to non-profit, charitable, adult supervised youth groups generally with youth under 18 years of age. Adult supervision (must be 18 or over). Should not be less than 1 adult for each 10 youth, e.g. Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Church Youth Groups.
  3. Group camping refers to an organized group of families or organized club consisting of adults or adults and children who wish to reserve as a group in the non-serviced campgrounds. There is a minimum of 25 people required (per night), for a 'group' reservation.




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