Parrott's Bay Conservation Area

Location: Amherstview, Ontario
Region: Southeastern
Character: Day-use Area
Length/Size: 289 acres

Parrott's Bay Conservation Area
By Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority

Parrott's Bay is the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority's newest conservation area. It has 117 hectares (289 acres) of woods and wetlands with beautiful waterfront views. Parrott's Bay is a great place to get out and enjoy nature.
The Conservation Area has limited facilities. There are no washrooms or privies on this property.

Hiking and Cross Country Skiing
More than 5 km of trails cross woodland, wetland and field areas.

Wildlife Viewing and Nature Appreciation
The wetlands, woods and shoreline areas provide many opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature appreciation.

Picnic tables are available at the Loyalist Parkway entrance.

Is permitted in the Conservation Area in accordance with current Ministry of Natural Resources regulations.

In 1966, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (in conjunction with the St. Lawrence Parks commission) investigated the potential value of certain recreational sites within its watershed. Included in this study was Parrott's Bay, a wetland marsh located just west of Amherstview.

The area was examined, both by foot and by canoe, by a field reconnaissance at the time. Although no move was made in 1966 towards acquisition of the wetland, the area was considered to be of value for conservation purposes. The property has been designated as public recreation area since 1969 by Ernestown Township Council to preclude development. As a public recreation area, Parrott's Bay has been a source of passive enjoyment for canoeists, anglers, and naturalists. For over ten years, Ernestown Township bought these lands from private landowners, with the idea that the CRCA would eventually buy these lands from them.

In the early 1990s, the CRCA bought most of the land surrounding Parrott's Bay from Ernestown Township. The land acquisition was completed in 2006.