The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre isn’t known for its extensive hiking trails, but what they lack in distance, they make up for in content. This 1,000ha (150-acre) nature discovery centre features rare trumpeter swans, a floating boardwalk through the cattail marsh, canoe rentals, an observation tower, a sugar shack and lots of great bird-watching.
Your experience begins at the indigenous wildflower garden right at the entrance of the park. Established in 1988, the garden includes three sections to display local, provincial and woodland species, including clammy ground cherries, common mullein, gray and green-headed coneflowers, jack-in-the pulpits, nodding smartweeds, Joe Pye weeds, obedient plants, teasle and wild ginger. Hikers can also take advantage of guided hikes and presentations about snakes, birds of prey, edible plants and astronomy conducted by naturalists throughout the summer. This trail guide includes Berm Loop to Tower via the Floating Boardwalk, Hardwood Trail, Return Trail, ID Trail, and Woodland & Muskrat Trails.
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