What came first, the apple or the seed? We may never know, but we do know that the Merrick family planted this orchard over 50 years ago. Many different types of apples could be found here, including Macintosh, Jonathan and Golden Delicious. Apple cider was once made in the cider shanty, which still stands in the orchard. The area has now been left to regenerate naturally and is an ideal spot to watch for Eastern bluebird, Whitetailed deer, Red-tailed hawks, and Turkey vultures.
The Dundas Valley is one of southern Ontario's most spectacular natural treasures. Highlights of the 1,200- hectare conservation area include lush Carolinian forests, colourful meadows, cold-water streams, stunning geological formations and an array of rare plants, birds and wildlife. The area is part of a large glacial valley that spreads out into Lake Ontario. It was excavated by a succession of glaciers that disappeared some 10,000 years ago.
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The landscape that emerged has been shaped by glacial melt water and, more recently, by streams flowing through the valley. The rich natural environment existing here and along the Niagara Escarpment has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
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