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  • Scanlon BoardwalkScanlon Boardwalk
    Wooden boardwalk in Scanlon Creek Conservation Area
  • Father and Son HikingFather and Son Hiking
    Father and son hiking along boardwalk in Scanlon Creek Conservation Area
  • Forested TrailForested Trail
    Forested trail in Scanlon Creek
  • Bridge over Scanlon CreekBridge over Scanlon Creek

Scanlon Creek Conservation Area

Scanlon Creek Conservation Area is a hikers’ haven, a picnicking paradise, a birder’s ​delight and a photographer’s dream. Explore forests, marshlands, and glacial erratics, enjoy spring wildflowers, or the vibrant fall leaves and see plenty of birds and other wildlife as you hike the expansive trail system covering most of the 300 hectare park.

Serving both environmental and recreational needs, the park is a nature preserve for flora and fauna and home to a Bark Park for our canine friends. During the summer, picnicking is fun and easy under our covered pavilions - perfect for family reunions, c​ompany events and camp-outs. Don't forget to visit the Discovery Play Garden - a popular playground for young and the young-at-heart. Scanlon Creek is a place to spend a few hours or an entire day!​

​​​Need some help finding your way?

​Smartphone maps are now available

smartphone-map.pngDid you know you can now access the​ Scanlon Creek maps usi​ng the free Avenza App? 

Simply download the 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. 

How to Use Avenza 
  1. Download the Avenza app on your mobile phone​.
  2. Create an account (or click the small whit​e x in the top right corner to skip this step!)
  3. Tap the store button. ​
  4. Click the “Find Maps" search bar. Search the name of the property you're looking for and select the map.
  5. Click "free" and then click "install now".
  6. Go to My Maps.
  7. Select your map and hit the trails. Once you install your map, you no longer need access to data.

Our maps may change over time! To ensure you have the latest download, join our email list. We'll send you an email when we release a new version of the map.​

​Scanlon Creek Parking Fees

​Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority charges a nominal fee for parking at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area. Your contribution supports the ongoing management and restoration at Scanlon Creek.

Regular parks hours are sunrise to dusk, seven days per week.

Annual Passes - $50

Do you visit Scanlon often? Consider the convenience of an annual pass and enjoy unlimited access for you and your passengers to enjoy the sights and sounds of Scanlon Creek. You'll also have unlimited access to the Scanlon Creek Bark Park, so be sure to bring your four-legged friends for some off-leash fun!

Passes are valid for one year from date of purchase.

Daily Parking - $2 per hour, $6 per day

LSRCA charges a parking fee of $2 per hour, with a maximum daily amount of $6.​

​Pay by Phone

There are three ways to pay parking fees to Scanlon Creek:

  • Download the MacKay Pay application and pay with your smartphone
  • Pay online at
  • Pay by calling 1-844-334-7078

The zone for Scanlon Creek is 3101.

The first time you run the app or visit the website, you will be required to set up a user account and payment method (credit card / smart card).  Once your account is set up, paying for parking takes just a few seconds each time and adding more time is easy.

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