About This Area
Extremely popular for wildlife viewing, Lynde Shores Conservation Area has a number of looping trails (5 kms including a 1-km, looping trail within the Cranberry West Tract). These trails, especially the Chickadee Trail, are just the right length for little ones and are generally stroller and wheelchair friendly. Established in 1972, the Lynde Shores Conservation Area (272 hectares), together with the adjacent Cranberry West Tract (40 hectares) provide excellent habitat for nesting birds and are an important stop-over point for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Both the Lynde Creek Marsh and Cranberry Marsh provide many important functions that are typical of the few remaining coastal wetlands found along this northern section of the Lake Ontario shoreline. As result, these two marshes are designated as provincially significant wetlands and are part of a long-term study: the Durham Region Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project. There are several accessible viewing areas located throughout the site including around a newly created wetland. Dogs on leash are permitted on the Waterfront Trail only. Please respect posted signage. Non-motorized boats are permitted in Lynde Marsh from July 15 to September 15 only, due to marsh bird breeding. Washroom are only open from May-October.