An Outdoor Lifestyle in Whitby
An Outdoor Lifestyle in Whitby
Whitby is surrounded by many conservation areas and trails that allow residents to enjoy the abundance of nature right in their own town. Now that the warm weather is here, it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy all the beautiful greenery and wildlife. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of places you can explore this summer.
Heber Down Conservation Area
Heber Down Conservation Area lends itself to a plethora of activities that can be enjoyed throughout the summer months. Featuring hiking trails for all skill levels as well as picnicking areas, Heber Down is a scenic spot teeming with wildlife. Get a closer look by joining the bird watching group “Raptor Watch”, which observes and records the number of raptors that fly over the conservation each fall. Heber Down is also connected to Lynde Creek and Devil’s Den Pond, making it the perfect location for fishing.
The Whitby Waterfront Trail travels through the Lynde Shores Conservation Area, and is a picture-perfect route. The trial is off-road and paved, suitable for both cycling and walking. Stretching 13 kilometres long, the trail offers so much to see and do along the way, including the Port Whitby Marina, the beaches at Lake Park and Heydenshore Kiwanis Park, bird watching, and bridge crossings.
Lynde Shores Conservation Area
Established in 1972, Lynde Shores Conservation Area is known for its wildlife viewing opportunities. With two provincially significant wetlands, Lynde Creek Marsh and Cranberry Marsh, Lynde Shores makes an excellent habitat for nesting birds. It has become an important stopover point for birds migrating along the north shore of Lake Ontario. The conservation area is also family-friendly, with short trails that are ideal for young children and easily accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
Kiwanis Heydenshore Park
Kiwanis Heydenshore Park is the go-to-spot for families to enjoy a day outdoors. With a splash pad and several playgrounds throughout the park, it is sure to keep the kids entertained and happy. Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, parents can sit back and relax in the sand with a beautiful view of the water. Picnic areas and benches also make spending the day easy and comfortable, with plenty of seating to eat lunch.
The Scout Trail
The Scout Trail runs through a small portion of the Pringle Creek valley and is dedicated to the citizens of Whitby. The trail is a joint project between Scouts Canada, Whitby Area and the Corporation of the Town of Whitby, making it very unique. Its aim is to offer residents an opportunity to learn about, and appreciate the nature around them. Scattered throughout the trail are hand carved posts with the scout emblem on them, representing all the different Scouts Canada groups located in Whitby.
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