Upper Credit Conservation Area

Location: Alton, Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Green Corridor
Length/Size: 81 acres

Upper Credit Conservation Area
By Credit Valley Conservation

20073 Porterfield Road ( Regional Road 136), Alton Ontario, L7K 1S9 - between Orangeville and Alton.


Upper Credit Conservation Area is one of Credit Valley Conservation's newest additions to our greenlands network. In 2005, its 81 acres of land contributed to the longest distance of publicly owned lands along the Credit River . This area acts as a green corridor that connects larger tracts of land and water, ensuring the long-term sustainability of a healthy ecosystem.

Natural Heritage

This part of the Credit River is identified as a critical cold-water fish community. This cold water system supports brook trout and their presence indicates the health and integrity of this fish community.

The Upper Credit Conservation Area provides a home to many bird species including the bobolink bird, common grackle, mourning warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, dark-eyed junco, and white-throated sparrow. You may even see a great blue heron near the water's edge.

This unique area is also made up of over 12 acres of provincially significant wetlands and is part of the Alton Wetland Complex. Wetlands improve source water protection and provide homes for a wide variety of amphibians and mammals.

Past to Present

Human activities have influenced the landscape with livestock grazing and ongoing agricultural practices. With an agricultural past, this area is slowly changing its landscape, moving steadily through the stages of meadow and field habitat to being claimed by pines and then by hardwood forests.

This transition will take many years before it reaches a climax forest which is the most mature stage of forest succession. Presently, trees such as the Sugar Maple, Black Cherry and White Cedar currently make up almost 5 acres of forest. The Black Spruce, a regionally and locally rare species, also grows here.

Visitor Opportunities

Brook Trout fishing (artificial bait only)
28 kilometres of nature trail hiking
Dog walking (on a leash only)
Nature appreciation
Information kiosk