The Heber Down Conservation Area (284 hectares) offers a variety of activities for the recreation-minded. Fishing, nature walks, and picnicking are all popular activities that can be carried out just a short distance from home. More importantly, Heber Down Conservation Area preserves a portion of the significant Iroquois Beach physiographic unit.

The natural valley of the Lynde Creek bisects a portion of this Conservation Area and provides many scenic vistas for those enjoying some of the 5 km of flat to gently sloped trail that runs through this property.

Springs and seeps within the provincially significant Heber Down Wetland Complex provide important groundwater recharge to this branch of the Lynde Creek Watershed. This wetland complex also provides specialized habitat for many wildlife species that depend on large treed wetland areas in order to carry out their breeding and feeding activities.

The following trails are wheelchair accessible:

Maple Leaf Trail (750 m) surface: crushed granular
Iroquois Trail (Town of Whitby, 2.3 km) surface: asphalt

Link to trail map & brochure:

2oldguyswalking website offers a great review of this site (posted 2017, updated 2019) with images & map. Go here to read this review.

We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE.


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Heber Down Conservation Area characteristics

Length: several trails totalling around 10 km.
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural, Paved, and Stone Dust
Trail use: Hiking
Partially wheelchair accessible
Fees: Pay and Display Parking is in effect at a cost of: Max. - $6/ vehicle/day or $3/ hour.

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: Picnic tables, washrooms

Attractions: Heber Dopwn Wetland Complex

Central Lake Ontario Conservtion Authority Tel:(905) 579-0411

Find it: Main Entrance: 5000 Cochrane St. Whitby Seasonal Entrance Open: 500 Lyndebrook Rd, Whitby

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 43.9402340
Longitude: -78.9823740