Terra Cotta Conservation Area

Location: Terra Cotta, Ontario
Region: Central
Character: Rehabilitated
Length/Size: 485 acres

Terra Cotta Conservation Area
By Credit Valley Conservation

14452 Winston Churchill Blvd., Terra Cotta L0P 1N0 (2 km north of the Village of Terra Cotta),
(905) 877-1120

Enjoy all the great features the new Terra Cotta has to offer.

Visitors Welcome Centre
renovated Watershed Learning Centre hosting educational programming
modern washroom facilities
improved trail signage
cross-country ski rentals and groomed cross country ski trails
group picnic reservations and pavilion rentals
fully accessible buildings

Terra Cotta Conservation Area consists of 485 acres of unique natural environment that has gone through significant changes over the years and is now an excellent representation of the Niagara Escarpment features. The Area, for many years, was previously used as a recreational facility with campsites, parking lots and a large swimming pool. In the interest of restoring this property to its natural state the campsites have been replanted, the parking lots re-vegetated and the swimming pool removed and replaced by an award winning wetland, used as a learning tool illustrating to visitors the importance of wetlands.

Whether itís the brief flash of a white-tailed deer bounding into the woods, the sound of a pileated woodpecker finding its insect meal or the simple peace of sitting by a quiet pond, we hope you enjoy the natural beauty and opportunities offered at Terra Cotta Conservation Area.

Area Features

Visitors Welcome Centre

The new Visitors Welcome Centre is located just north of the main parking lot. Here you can come to find out more information on the area , buy snacks and merchandise and rent cross country skis or snowshoes; you will also find our new modern washroom facilities are housed in this building. This space can be rented for after hours meetings of up to 20 people.

Watershed Learning Centre

The Watershed Learning Centre is located just south of the main parking lot, take the trail to the left of the main map kiosk and follow the signs. New and exciting Landscapes for Learning education programs will be taking place at this recently renovated facility.

Landscapes for Learning Public Events

Take part in a series of year-round programs that range from guided nature hikes, wildlife drawing classes, presentations by accomplished authors, hands-on workshops and fascinating demonstrations. All programs are open to the public and educators and take place in our newly renovated Watershed Learning Centre. Programs are generally included with regular admission.


Terra Cotta is a trail loverís paradise. A variety of trails take visitors past the forests, fields, lakes and ponds of the Niagara Escarpment surroundings and let you experience natural settings, so close to urban and rural developments. The trails at Terra Cotta accommodate all levels of trail users, from beginner to expert with a variety of terrains and distances. Please note in the winter months Terra Cotta Lane and McGregor Spring Pond trail are designated for cross-country skiing only. Great loop trails for hiking and snowshoeing include the wetland trail and the AF Coventry trail. Check the Terra Cotta Area Map to get an overview of the trails.

Visitor Activities

over 12 km of nature trails
over 6km of groomed cross country skiing trails*
cross country ski rentals*
skating on Wolf Lake*
bird watching
viewing of artificial wetland
Families and groups
Picnic pavilions available with reservation
group picnic reservations accepted beginning 2010, please call 1 800 367 0890
Fishing for Largemouth Bass or panfish, catch and release recommended
Weddings and Special Events
Cycling on Terra Cotta Lane only
Education programs (see events calendar)
Public meeting space, for up to 20 people, available after January 1, 2010, please call 1 800 367 0890
All buildings are fully accessible
* conditions permitting