Bowmanville/Westside Marshes Conservation Area hosts two provincially significant wetlands that are home to a wide variety of plants and animals.
A short, level and looping trail that is generally stroller and wheelchair friendly makes the Bowmanville/Westside Marshes Conservation Area a convenient destination for those looking to get close to nature with minimal effort. Within the Marshes area there are a number of different habitats occupied by a wide variety of plants and animals. Some animals make this their permanent home, and may either be seen year round or only in the warmer months when they are active. Many other species are summer residents or visitors en-route to other areas. Still others use the marshes as part of a larger home range.
Regardless of the season, look carefully because there is always something to be seen past the Algonquin Highlands Township Office. A small parking area is located alongside the road, just metres from the trailhead. If accessing from Mifflin Rd., continue a little further on North Shore Rd. to Mifflin Rd. – a small paring area is available directly across from the trail entrance. Overflow and winter parking is available at the Township Office.
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