The Credit River watershed is located in one of the most densely populated regions of Canada yet contains some of the most diverse landscapes in southern Ontario. The Credit River is almost 90 km long and meanders southeast from its headwaters in Orangeville, Erin and Mono, through nine municipalities, eventually draining into Lake Ontario at Port Credit, Mississauga.
Credit Valley Conservation is responsible for protecting, restoring and managing the natural resources of the Credit River watershed, other local watersheds that drain directly into Lake Ontario and a section of the Lake Ontario shoreline. Together, these areas make up our jurisdiction.
The Credit River Watershed contains some of the most diverse landscapes in southern Ontario. The Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Greenbelt all bisect the watershed.
The Credit River is 90 km long and meanders southeast from its headwaters in Orangeville and Mono, through nine municipalities, finally draining into Lake Ontario at Port Credit in Mississauga. Nearly 1,500 km of streams and creeks empty into the Credit River along this route including: Black Creek, Silver Creek, Shaw’s Creek, Fletcher’s Creek, Caledon Creek and the East and West Credit Rivers.
The river’s headwaters are located above the Niagara Escarpment, a World Biosphere Reserve, and are the source of four rivers; the Credit, Humber, Etobicoke and Nottawasaga.
The Credit River is home to a wide range of wildlife including 244 species of birds, 64 fish species, 41 species of mammals, five species of turtles, eight kinds of snakes, 17 amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders and newts) and 1,330 species of plants.
Home to 45 different species of fish, the Credit River is the most diverse cold-water fishery in Ontario, if not eastern North America.