If you enjoy viewing plentiful wildflowers and diverse bird species along a well-maintained board walk, you will definitely want to visit Coldstream Conservation Area! The Conservation Area has two main trails; one at the south end, which runs through a cedar swamp (a rare type of wetland in Southern Ontario), and a trail on the north end which starts off along an abandoned gravel pit and winds its way through a floodplain forest (Ontario Trail Council, 2014).
Nearby, hikers can take in vistas along the Sydenham River. This river is fed, in part, by cold springs which also flow into the old cedar swamp – hence the name of the place (Middlesex Centre, 2014). The site contains “a Class I provincially significant wetland, reservoir, floodplain woods, a re-vegetated gravel pit and an upland deciduous woodlot as well as a day use area, playground, and soccer field” (Middlesex Centre, 2014). It is a part of the larger St. Clair Conservation Authority,which is responsible for the Sydenham River and other, smaller watersheds that drain directly into southern Lake Huron.
I have included some of my pictures from this wonderful natural area, below. The extensive boardwalk, being fairly expensive to maintain, is funded by various donors – one of whom is listed as “Bad Bad Leroy Brown”. Someone has a sense of humour!
327 Quaker Lake, Middlesex Centre, Ontario