Conservation Areas

Belwood Lake Conservation Area

The Belwood Lake Conservation Area is a reservoir in Dufferin County located northeast of Guelph, Ontario. In 1942 the Grand River waters were slowed by the erection of the Shand Dam for flood control and the generation of hydroelectricity. Belwood Lake Conservation Area, operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority offers a fantastic number of recreation opportunities. Hiking, biking, boating or just getting away to a quite spot on the Grand River on a lazy summer day, this is the place.

Belwood Lake Conservation Area
Plaque erected on dam structure


Belwood Lake Conservation Area
Shand Dam

The Shand Dam was the first dam in Canada built for water control purposes. The dam was named after a local family who were displaced due to the waters of the reservoir. Visitors can stand on the top deck of the dam and see the Grand River valley to one side and the 12 kilometer (7.5 miles) long lake on the other. The flow from the dam is used to generate hydroelectricity. A stairway along the face of the dam allows visitors to walk down to its base.

Belwood Lake Conservation Area
Belwood Lake


Belwood Lake Conservation Area
Great fishing below the dam


Belwood Lake Conservation Area
Concrete structure of the Shand dam


Belwood Lake Conservation Area
Looking down into the spillway


Belwood Lake Conservation Area
Bumble bee along the trail

From the City of Guelph:

Take Highway 6 North into Fergus

Turn right at third set of lights in Fergus (Belsyde Street)

Follow about 10 minutes. Conservation Area will be on the left.
Approximate latitude 43° 43′ 56″ N
Approximate longitude 80° 19′ 54″ W

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