Tent at Cold Creek


Cold Creek Conservation Area CCCA has a long history of operation, management and use by a variety of stakeholders and community groups. The site is owned by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and was originally opened as the Cold Creek Conservation Field Centre in 1968. The property was used for various recreational opportunities including, school field trips, use of the rifle range and trap range, archery, dog training, dog sled trails, hiking and cross country skiing. In 1990 the site closed to the general public due to financial constraints.

In 2002, the TRCA initiated the development of a Management Plan for the property. 

Upon completion of the Management Plan, the Cold Creek Stewardship was created in 2003. The Stewardship became advocates for the site, running various nature related events, establishing and maintaining hiking trails and maintaining the public use areas. They contributed to the sites growth, development and success under their watchful eye. Without their contributions, the site would not be what it is today. 

In 2006, under a 99 year lease with TRCA, the Township of King reopened CCCA for public use and has been responsible for the operations and management of the property since that time.The property is currently used for educational and recreational opportunities by school groups and for day use by community groups and the public who enjoy the trails, open spaces, picnic shelter and facility rentals offered on site. 

Time Line Dates

Cold Creek Timeline


Cold Creek User Profiles



In 1989, the most frequent user of Cold Creek Conservation Area could be characterized in the following manner: An Ontario male, originating in or near Toronto, between the ages of 18 to 54 (92.4%) which are listed below:


  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Shooting
  • Camping
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Picnicking
  • Canoeing
  • Bicycling
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Ice fishing



In 2016, the most frequent user of Cold Creek Conservation Area could be characterized in the following manner: An Ontario student, originating in or near York Region, between the ages of 10 to 14 which are listed below:


  • High Ropes
  • Rock Climbing
  • Archery
  • Team Building
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Based Educational Programs
  • Hiking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Skating on the Pond

The English Wheat Barn 

The Barn at Cold Creek is located in the middle of Cold Creek Conservation Area and was built by Adam Cairns, the original settler of the property, between 1842-1854 during Canada’s wheat boom. the barn was officially designated a heritage building under the Ontario Heritage Act in 2009. A plaque has been installed in front of the barn on a large bolder to highlight the designation.


Before restoration


New Barn

After restoration