Camping reservations open for the 2021 season on March 1, 2021 at 9:00 am.
C.M. Wilson Facility Rentals email@example.com
The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority acquired this 30 hectare property in 1967, and was named after a former Chair of the Board of Directors, Clarence Michael Wilson.
Conservation Areas are NOT off-leash dog parks. ALL DOGS AND PETS MUST BE LEASHED. UNLEASHED PETS ARE A FINEABLE OFFENCE. CLEAN-UP AFTER YOUR PET! Section 10.-(2) and (3) Under the Conservation Authorities Act.
Day Use Parking Fee
General public day use visitors please pay $5 parking fee at the Pay and Display machine located at the gatehouse entrance to the conservation area – coin or credit card only. Display ticket on vehicle dashboard. Thank you for supporting this conservation area! Open for day use year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset daily.
Note: Camping, pre-booked education program and other program/facility rental fees different fee schedule.
Open Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. Camp at one of 100 sites, available with hydro, hydro and water, or unserviced. Two group camp sites are also available for larger groups. Sites are available for nightly, weekly, and monthly rates. There are also sites available for season-long camping, with availability to store trailer on seasonal site over winter. Camping Fees Washroom facilities are fully serviced with showers.Access the Campground Map
Picnic tables are available throughout the park and organized groups can book the pavilion, or hold special events year-round in our rustic barn for family gatherings, weddings, or school functions. Enjoy the children’s adventure playground, outdoor class room, fishing, sailing, canoeing, and nature trails. Most facilities are wheelchair accessible. CM Wilson Conservation Area is also home to the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village.
Barn Pavilion Rental
Beautiful Day Use Areas
Canoe and Bicycle Use Information (not available during COVID-19)
Canoes available ‘free’ for day users and campers! See details below for use.
Bikes available ‘free’ for day users and campers! See details below for use.
Canoe & Bicycle Use Information
- Canoes & Bicycles available
- Monday- Friday 8:30am- 4:30pm
- Saturday 9:00am- 7:00pm
- Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm
- Public Holidays 8:30am- 4:30pm
- Canoes and Bicycles can be used free of charge for campers and day use visitors. Maximum usage time for both canoes and bikes is one hour.
- Canoes & Bicycles available from 8:30am- 4:30pm Monday- Thursday; 9:00am- 7:00pm Friday & Saturday; 9:00am-5:00pm on Sundays
- When borrowing a canoe or bike you must provide your Day Use Permit number, Season Day Use Permit number, or Camping Permit receipt number.
- All safety equipment will be provided for you.
When borrowing a canoe you must:
- Abide by all regulations set out by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
- Stay within the pond
- Wear a provided PFD
- Sign a canoe rental consent form
- Provide a valid Driver’s License number
There is no registration or reservations for canoes or bicycles. Usage is first come first serve. Ensure you have your Day Use Permit or Camping Permit receipt number ready. Call (519) 358-6214 for access code.
C.M. Wilson Conservation Area is located at 21799 Fargo Road. Located 8.5 km south of Chatham. Take Communications Road south, after going over Hwy. 401 turn right (west) onto Horton Road, cross railroad tracks, turn right (north) onto Fargo Road and travel 1 km to the entrance.)
Lat/Long 42.375, -82.107 UTM 408840, 4692030
General Inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 519 354-8184 (Workshop – C.M. Wilson Conservation Area)
McKinlay Woodlands Memorial Forest is located in the C.M. Wilson Conservation Area. Hundreds of trees are planted in memory of loved ones every year, supported by McKinlay Funeral Homes Ltd. in partnership with the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Foundation and the LTVCA. Enjoy canoeing, fishing, or the scenic view of the man-made lake, a small Carolinian forest, and natural wetland area. There are also nature trails throughout the park, showcasing nature and wildlife.