Second Marsh Wildlife
Combined with adjacent areas, McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve (owned by General Motors of Canada Limited) and Darlington Provincial Park, Second Marsh provides access to nearly 400 hectares of accessible waterfront open space.
Through its extensive trail system, Second Marsh offers many recreational activities, including access to the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail and Greenway. Throughout the area, self-guided walks are enhanced by a well-maintained trail system, way-finding signs, viewing decks and interpretive signs. The 2 storey viewing tower pictured here was donated by Westmount Kiwanis.
The urban location of the Second Marsh Wildlife Area makes it easily accessible to residents of Oshawa, the rest of Durham Region and the entire Greater Toronto Area. It is linked to the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail, which is a significant provincial and national resource that serves a potential market of 6 million people, 59% of Ontario's population and 22% of the national population.
Within the Marsh is a system of trails and boardwalks that provide access to diverse habitats of the area and viewing decks provide panoramic views of the wetland and its inhabitants. Birdwatchers will enjoy a visit to Second Marsh at any time of the year, especially during the spring and autumn migration periods. Wildlife watchers and artists will also appreciate the landscape features and seasonal colours of the area.
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