Gould Lake Conservation Area is 589 hectares of wilderness located in the Canadian Shield. It is also the head waters of the Millhaven Creek System. Gould Lake and the surrounding lands are not only important for water management reasons, they also provide excellent wildlife habitat and offer many opportunities for nature appreciation and recreation in all seasons.

20 km of trails cross rolling and rugged terrain. The Rideau Trail crosses the property. Orange triangles mark the main trail, blue triangles mark the side loops. Trails are not groomed for cross-country skiing during the winter months, so be prepared to break your own trail.

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Gould Lake Conservation Area characteristics

Length: 10 Trails totalling 20 km .
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Boardwalks, Natural, and Rock
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, and Snowshoeing
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: Paid Parking fee

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: picnic tables, privies

Attractions: Swimming

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority Phone: 613-546-4228

Find it: 1540 Gould Lake Rd, Sydenham, ON located 5 km northwest of Sydenham, ON.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.4603940
Longitude: -76.5872940