If you have kids, Springwater Provincial Park is an absolute must. The Ministry of Natural Resources houses injured, orphaned and human-imprinted birds and wildlife that can’t be released into nature in specially designed enclosures that provide the animals with an appropriate level of space. The deer enclosure, for instance, spans .8ha (2 acres). Your kids will spend hours watching snowy owls, hawks, porcupines, beavers, raccoons, wild turkeys, wolves, coyotes, bears and other wild animals up close. They will also enjoy seeing the employees clean the enclosures and feed the animals with fresh food, including alfalfa from the neighbouring fields in the summer.
Each type of animal gets the appropriate food once a day: herbivores, such as waterfowl and deer, get mixed grains; omnivores, such as waterfowl and black bears, are fed mixed grains with fruits and/or vegetables; carnivores, such as foxes, coyotes and wolves, get dry food with red meat; and hawks and owls receive only chicken. Although the times of feeding and cleaning vary according to season, there’s very likely to be something going on during your visit. This trail guide includes Animal Display Path, William R. Wilson Trail, Red Trail, Green Trail, and Blue Trail.
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