Mountjoy Historical Conservation Area

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Aerial view of the Mountjoy Historical Conservation Area

The Mountjoy Historical Conservation Area is located on the banks of the Mattagami River and provides 7 hectares of beautiful greenspace ideal for walking, picnicking and relaxing. The area features paved trails, public washrooms, sports fields and plenty of parking.  It also has great views of the Mattagami River with convenient access if you want to launch a canoe or kayak.  The Conservation Area is easily accessible off of Riverside Drive.  As a jumping off point, the park forms part of the community trail system and is connected by a trail to the boat launch and to removal of many residences and businesses from the floodplain along the Mattagami River in the early 70’s allowed the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority to develop this 7-hectare greenspace area. Picnic facilities, washrooms and plenty of parking make this a popular destination if you want to enjoy the shores of the Mattagami River.

In 1960 this area was completely covered in flood waters when the Mattagami River overtopped its banks and caused millions of dollars in damages.  The Conservation Area was developed as a result of a land clearance project that was put in place in the early 1970’s and saw the removal many houses and businesses from this flood plain area.