Ontario camping

Wildwood Conservation Area, near the towns of Stratford, and St Marys Ontario, has 1400 hectares of land and a large reservoir which attracts around 150,000 visitors each year.

There are around 425 campsites, over 350 of them with electricity and also facilities for group camping, a store, free hot showers, laundry facilities, and a swimming pool.

This Conservation area has a lot to offer campers and those who enjoy the outdoors.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions


How many people are allowed to stay on a campsite?

  • The maximum number of people per site is 6, including children and infants.   

How many vehicles are allowed per site?

  • One vehicle permit is included with each site; extra vehicles must purchase an additional vehicle pass upon arrival. Up to 2 vehicles can be parked on your site. Extra vehicles can be parked in the designated areas marked on our maps.  

What time is check in and check out?

  • Check in is after 2 pm, and check out is before 12 noon. 

Are pets allowed?

  • Pets are allowed but they must be on a leash, measuring 6 ft or less, at all times. You are responsible for cleaning up after them, and ensuring they do not disturb others. 

Can we bring our own firewood?

  • Firewood should be purchased locally to prevent the spread of disease and invasive species. We have bagged firewood available for purchase at the Conservation Area. 

Do you have an alcohol ban?

  • We do not have an alcohol ban. Alcohol in an open container is permitted only on registered campsites.

There are four marked trails in the Conservation Area, totaling 20 km. The Lake Trail is the longest, and is a 7 km walk each way.

There are three trails in the Dr. R.S. Murray Forest which are designated by colour - for example the Blue Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail.

Please keep in mind the following rules ... 

  • Helmets are mandatory when biking the trails.
  • Please use the official access points indicated on the trail map.
  • Stay on the managed trails (marked with coloured blazes).
  • Bicycles are permitted. Please be courteous and give way to hikers.
  • Bicycles on the Lake Trail:Travel clockwise on even-numbered dates (access at the Dr Murray Forest in B Section).Travel counter clockwise on odd-numbered dates (access at the underpass by the gatehouse).
  • Access is NOT allowed from dusk to dawn.
  • Keep the Conservation Area litter free. Pack in & pack out!
  • All pets must be on leash (2 m/6 ft max).
  • Fishing is permitted with a provincial fishing licence. Hunting is not permitted.

Maps of the Conservation Area trails are available at the gatehouse.

It is permitted to fish from shore or on the reservoir for perch, bass and pike and there is a fishing dock located near the Marina.

The Reservoir here is also popular for motorboats, water skiing, sailing, board sailing and canoeing, however some restrictions apply.

There is both wet and dry dock storage available for motorboats and sailboats, and there is also gas available for purchase at the Marina.

The Conservation Area was created in 1965 when the Dam and Reservoir were completed.

Pets are welcome at Wildwood CA. They MUST be on leash (6 ft length max.).

You are responsible for cleaning up after them and keeping them quiet.

Pets are NOT allowed at the beach area.

Wildwood Conservation Area Info ...

Wildwood Conservation Area
Information on the Conservation Area

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