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Rockwood Conservation Area

Exploring Rockwood Conservation Area

While it is a busy spot during the summer period, Rockwood Conservation Area, located north of Milton, Ontario, is a cool place to visit.

In recent years, it has become so popular that access to it is limited to the public.

A Bit of Everything For Everybody At Rockwood

There are many things to do for the whole family at Rockwood Conservation Area:

  • You can take a dip in the water. While there are many areas for swimming at Rockwood, parents are responsible for their child’s/children’s safety. There is no beach patrol.
  • You can camp at Rockwood Conservation Area, without the long two to three hour trek north of Toronto. However, make your reservation in advance to ensure you have a spot!
  • It’s a perfect place for a day trip picnic from Toronto, particularly for those living in the concrete jungle or a highrise condo. Dining al fresco without the smell of fumes and the noise of numerous cars always makes food taste better!
  • Hiking and walking trails are fairly easy and give you some spectacular views of the area and the Eramosa River.
  • You can canoe or kayak on the Eramosa River. Rentals are available.
  • It has some of the best caves in Ontario, including a few which you can easily step into to explore without the need for spelunking equipment. Learn about the geology of the area including the glacial bluffs, potholes and caves.
  • The remaining structures of the wool mill from the late 1800s make for a great setting for portrait or engagement photography.
Rockwood Conservation Area

Frank is dwarfed by the rocks at the entrance to the caves at Rockwood Conservation Area

Rockwood Conservation Area

Walking along the Eramosa River is a relaxing experience. Wild flowers cover the banks of the river.

Rockwood Conservation Area

Rockwood Conservation Area is full of karst formations – soluble limestone which has created holes in protruding rocks and those below the water.


Rockwood Conservation Area is located about an hour and half away from Toronto, depending on traffic.

It’s managed by the Grand River Conservation Authority.

Entry fee: $5.75 for people over the age of 14. Children ages 6 to 14: $2.75. Kids under 5 years of age – free entry.

See more information about camping registration fees.


  1. Just wonderful memories from childhood and beyond here. Rented canoes and paddleboats here too. The glacial potholes are a highlight, also the old mill building ruins are cool to visit. My dad used to park us at a dead end road by the river and we’d walk the whole way to the beach. Get in for free. (European, he didn’t believe in paying to go to the beach). Today the beach area has been reduced in size, often has an e-coli warning and it’s kind of sad. Used to run up the staircase to the snack bar and washrooms, lots of hills to run around on there.

    • I get the European thing! This place is still a gem of a spot for families, but it gets so packed on hot summer days.

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