The GRCA owns about 19,400 hectares (48,000 acres) of land in 430 parcels. That represents about 2.8 per cent of the land in the Grand River watershed.
The Property Department handles the acquistion, sale and management of much of the property.
The GRCA acquired the land over the course of many decades:
The GRCA owns about 730 cottage lots at Belwood Lake and Conestogo Lake parks. It leases these lots to tenants who own their own cottage.
Most of the property owned by the GRCA is taken up by Grand River Parks, conservation areas, rail trails and other natural areas.
However, the GRCA also has some residences, agricultural properties and lands it leases to third parties, such as not-for-profit organizations and commercial businesses.
The GRCA acquires land that help it to accomplish its goal of protecting important natural areas. It also sells land when it is surplus to its needs. For example, a parcel of land purchased for a new dike or dam may be severed and the unneeded portion sold. Acquisitions and sales are governed by the GRCA's Land Acquisition Policy.