Recreational Opportunities
The Friends of Ellice and Gads Hill Swamps are working with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) to create opportunities for users of these natural areas and to ensure the preservation of traditional uses.

Ellice Swamp - Hunting is permitted on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Gads Hill Swamp - Hunting is permitted Monday to Saturday; only archery hunting on Sunday

Anyone interested in hunting opportunities at Ellice and Gads Hill Swamps must register with the UTRCA to be eligible to hunt at either of these areas. There is no fee to register, but registration is mandatory. To register online for hunting click here. For further information contact the UTRCA by phone (519-451-2800 ext. 263) or email (

Hikers & Birders
The new Ellice Swamp Hiking Trail goes through several different habitats, with interpretive signs along the way. These wetlands are the largest natural areas in Perth County, covering more than 1,700 hectares north of Stratford.
Ellice Swamp - Hiking is permitted on Sunday and Wednesday

Click here to view the Ellice and Gadshill Swamp Guiding Document
The new hiking trail follows the abandoned rail line
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