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Kelso Conservation Area

5234 Kelso Rd, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

905-878-5011 | Website

Kelso Conservation Area, located in Milton, Ontario, has been around since the 1960s. Reserve early, as the park’s 19 gorgeous sites book up quickly.



Payment | Cheque, Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa


Getting There | Highway 401 and Highway 25


April Mon-Sun 8:30AM-5:30PM, May Mon-Sun 8:30AM- 7:30PM, June-Labour Day Mon-Sun 8:30AM- 8:30PM, Sept-Oct from 8:30AM to dusk.

Profile Last Updated: May 06, 2008

Perfect for Paddling
This is the closest option for urban outdoors people who live in Toronto, but frequently need to get back to green. Kelso boasts a sandy beach on a 35-hectare lake that’s perfect for trout fishing. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats are available for rent and come complete with PFDs, paddles, and first aid kits. First-timers who are eager to get some water wits about them can book private lessons with Kelso staff. Beginners will find it easy to navigate the calm waters as Kelso is a no-motor zone. Those who prefer land sports have their choice of 16km of hiking trails, including many beautiful Bruce Trail connections. Cyclists can try the trails on wheels. Bring your bike and pick up an affordable day pass that will grant you access to all marked trails on the Escarpment. When winter rolls around, these trails are popular with skiers and snowboarders as Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Centre operates inside the boundaries of the conservation area.

High in Demand
Ten of Kelso’s overnight sites are available for ahead-of-time reservations, while the remaining nine are first-come, first-served. All sites are big enough to accommodate large groups and all are unserviced. If you’re only planning on coming for the day, book one of the many day sites, complete with shelters and picnic tables. Though there are many more day sites than overnights, be sure to plan ahead for dawn-to-dusk visits too, as you’ll need to apply for a day-use permit at least two weeks in advance. Day sites are a hot commodity, especially when Kelso starts hosting onsite summer events like the June and September triathlons and the May and August dragon boat races.


General Amenities: Sports available, picnic area

Season: April-October