History & Background

The Lake Laurentian Conservation Area is located within the Ramsey Lake Sub-Watershed and includes over 60 kilometers of trails for public use. The conservation area includes the manmade Lake Laurentian, wetlands, an outdoor classroom, and the Nature Chalet. The Nature Chalet is a multipurpose facility that was reconstructed in 1995.



The Junction Creek Conservation Authority (later to become the Nickel District Conservation Authority) assembled the lands which make up the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area in the early and mid-1960’s. This conservation area was developed with three main goals in mind and they still remain to this day:

  1. To protect 950 hectares of green space for public use and enjoyment.
  2. To protect the quality of a municipal water supply source (Lake Ramsey).
  3. To provide an outdoor classroom environment for teachers and students to experience natural science studies.

The Lake Laurentian Conservation Area is the only facility of its kind in the City of Greater Sudbury and is located only ten minutes from downtown Sudbury.