Swallow Swirl Trail
Nestled on the picturesque north shore of Lake St. Francis, the Cooper Marsh Conservation Area is the proud Legacy of the late Mr. William Cooper Sr., a past Chair of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority. This cherished wetland is part of the larger Charlottenburgh Marsh - one of the most significant wetlands in all of Ontario. The Raisin Region Conservation Authority protects, enhances and restores this natural area. Follow the wetland boardwalks to explore the treed swamp and isolated ponds.
Climb the viewing tower and centre the camera blinds to enjoy the more than 130 species of birds that call Cooper Marsh their home. Approximately 100 or so species can occasionally be sighted as they migrate through the area including the magnificent Osprey, the Great White Egret and Black-Crowned Night Heron. Immerse yourself in discovering the fascinating secrets of nature's inhabitants and their environment. Throughout the year the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences offers day camps and interactive workshops for all ages. These bilingual programs are strategically designed to meet curriculum expectations, making the Marsh an excellent outdoor educational experience.
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Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Soil - Compacted, Boardwalk
Parking, Picnic Areas, Washrooms, Designated Rest Areas
Interpretive Signage, Bird-watching, Dog Walking
St. Lawrence Seaway
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