Nearby and natural, LTVCA conservation areas offer family and group camping in a variety of settings. Experience Carolinian forests and wooded ravines, the Lake Erie shoreline, a heritage river and cultural sites. Four conservation areas located throughout the lower Thames watershed and region are open for family and/or group camping May 16 until October 12. Our campgrounds offer great value and an opportunity to experience Southwestern Ontario’s unique natural and cultural settings.
Chatham-Kent – C.M. Wilson Conservation Area campground is open for family camping until Thanksgiving Monday. Family camp with nature at your door at one of over 100 treed sites at C.M. Wilson Conservation Area. Just minutes south of Chatham, Wilson is ideal for tent and trailer camps with most sites serviced with hydro and water. Washrooms are fully serviced with showers and there is a trailer dumping station on site. Soft drinks and snack foods are available at the gatehouse during the summer months. Discover the adventure playgrounds, fishing, nature trails and much more! Information: Gatehouse 519-351-3919 (spring/summer season) or LTVCA Administration Building 519-354-7310 (off-season). Alcohol ban May 15-18th.
Southwest Middlesex – Big Bend Conservation Area campground is also open for family camping until Thanksgiving Monday. Situated just outside of Wardsville on the Thames River – a Canadian Heritage River, this conservation area is more remote, with 26 unserviced wooded sites as well as limited water and hydro hook-ups. Washrooms are fully serviced with showers. Other features include a boat launch to the Thames River, a Memorial Forest, a picnic shelter with tables, open space for sports and games, hiking opportunities, and fishing for yellow perch and pickerel. Information 519-264-2420. Alcohol ban May 15-18th.
GROUP CAMPING FOR ORGANIZED CONSERVATION GROUPS (SCOUTS, GUIDES ETC.):
Organized groups are welcomed to camp at C.M. Wilson and Big Bend Conservation Areas (details above).
As well, we have 2 other conservation areas in the Lower Thames watershed ideal for group camping:
- E.M. Warwick Conservation Area in West Elgin near Eagle on Lake Erie. Information LTVCA Administration Building 519-354-7310.
- Longwoods Road Conservation Area / Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum in Strathroy-Caradoc near Mount Brydges. Information 519-264-2420.
For our conservation area directions, all fees and facilities please visit our website www.ltvca.ca and click on the Conservation Areas tab.
For Further Information Contact:
Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, 100 Thames St., Chatham, On N7L 2Y8 519-354-7310