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Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area

​Encounter great blue herons, American coots and sora rails at Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area. This 84 hectare site is a great place to watch nesting birds, cast a fishing line, and cycle along trails which are part of the Nokiidaa Trail system linking the Towns of Aurora, Newmarket and East Gwillimbury. The concrete lock and its swing bridge are remnants of a 'Ghost' Canal System built and abandoned in the early 1900's - without ever having been used.​

Meadow Restoration

You've seen the new wetland at Rogers Reservoir, but did you know we're restoring a meadow too?

This meadow will be a sight to behold - you'll be able to see it from the Nokiidaa Trail on t​he north side of the river, but a newly meandering trail will also allow you to explore up close. As we move forward with this project, there may be opportunities to participate in meetings, plantings, guided ​walks and more. ​


Rogers Reservoir Management Plan Updates

Together with local residents, visitors, community groups and other interested stakeholders we're updating the Management Plan for Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area.

What’s a Management Plan? A guide that provides direction so our Conservation Areas are cared for in a way that balances recreation with conservation.

The Public Consultation phase was completed in 2021. We had over 350 public survey responses and engaged with 70 groups of people during our pop-up on-site consultation.

What have we learned so far?

  • 46% of visitors are East Gwillimbury residents
  • 39% of visitors are families, 25% are visiting alone 
  • 36% have been coming for a decade or more! 
  • Visitors come to:
    • Enjoy nature
    • Exercise
    • Recreational Activities
    • Spend time with family and friends
    • Rest, relax and escape city life
  • Visitors most enjoy:
    • Trails
    • Nature Setting
    • Beautiful atmosphere
    • Relaxing and quiet
    • Wildlife
  • Our visitors want to see more
    • Information Signage and Maps
    • Waste Bins
    • Rest Areas​

​​​​What's next?​​

Together with the Steering Committee, we'll consider the feedback and select the recommendations that are feasible and appropriate to include in our plans moving forward. It's a careful balancing act between satisfying what our visitors want while, ensuring the ecological integrity of this Conservation Area is sustained.​​

Updates to the process will be posted here as we continue this work. Your next chance to formally review the Draft Management Plan will be in Spring and Summer of 2022.

Do you have something to share? Please contact Lauren​ at any time to engage with us, we welcome your input!

​​Need some help finding your way?

​Smartphone maps are now available

smartphone-map.pngDid you know you can now access the​ Rogers Reservoir map 
usi​ng the free Avenza App? 

Simply download the Avenza App on your smartphone and use it when you visit. It’s that easy! Once the map is downloaded, you won’t have to use your data when you hit the trails.​

Use your device's built-in GPS to track your location on any map, plot locations and photos, measure distance and area, and more.