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McBeath Conservation Area

Located on the Saugeen River upstream from Paisley. River access ONLY. For the latest on COVID-19, please see expanded text below.

  • Washrooms will not be open, please bring your own shovel
  • No picnic tables are available for use
  • No groups larger than 10 people can gather
  • SVCA encourages 2 metre social distancing from outside a family unit
  • Please bring your own tablecloth for the picnic tables

McBeath Conservation Area is located 9 km upstream or south of the Village of Paisley along the Saugeen River and is  approximately halfway along the 102 km Saugeen River Canoe Route.

Designed for canoeing enthusiasts, this 55 hectare (135 acre) site is accessible by water only. There is no public vehicle access. See property map here.

It is easy to land the canoe on the sandy beach and walk up to the large grassy camping and picnic area. Often used as a stopover for canoeists who wish to take a break or camp overnight.

Canoeists travelling between Walkerton and Paisley, who wish to stay overnight here have the choice of family or group camping sites.  McBeath can accommodate up to 75 people. No reservations are required for McBeath - it is first-come, first serve.

Please note that there is no firewood on site or drinking water.

We also provide information on river conditions for those considering a canoe or kayak trip down the river.  See the Saugeen River Report.


The primitive nature of this Conservation Area adds to its beauty and charm. This site does have simple amenities such as picnic tables, fire pits, cooking stations, recycling and garbage receptacles as well as modern vault washrooms.  Also, the nearby Village of Paisley has all that the traveler needs to restock.
Please note - it is necessary for you to bring in your own drinking water at this park as there is no provision for this.

The property can accommodate up to 75 people in family or group camping sites.

  • FEES:  Please note there are no camping fees for McBeath Conservation Area as it is accessible by canoe only. 
  • No reservations necessary.  First-come, first-served.

We only ask that you respect the property and help keep it clean and beautiful.

If you wish, donations are gladly accepted and can be sent to the Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation at 1078 Bruce Rd. #12, Box 150, Formosa, ON N0G 1W0.  Please make sure you state that you would like your donation to be directed toward McBeath Conservation Area. Thank you.


Should you visit during fishing season, catches may include Small Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass or even Northern Pike. Feel free to cast your line and try your luck in the mighty Saugeen!

Safety Tips

1. For safety, this Conservation Area is designated a glass-free zone.
2. Please store your food properly to prevent unpleasant visits from wildlife.
3. Do not dive into the river from the shoreline.
4. We recommend that visitors wear shoes at all times.
5. The pastureland is actively farmed and is off-limits due to the presence of farm animals.
6. The Village of Paisley is the next community downstream. It is approximately a two hour canoe trip. You can restock supplies there.
7. Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area is also downstream approximately 4 hours.  One of SVCA's most popular parks, it does have amenities such as showers, a store, laundry, etc.


location map




Picnic tables
Fire pits
Cooking stations
Recycling and garbage containers
Modern vault washrooms
No fees
Paisley, Saugeen River Canoe Route, Canoeing, Camping, Bruce County

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