Archive | March 26, 2011

My Favourite Places: The Beaver Trail

The second trail I started visiting after moving to Kanata South was the Beaver Trail around the corner on Moodie Drive just south of West Hunt Club.  It, too, is part of the Stony Swamp Conservation Area, which consists of almost 2,000 hectares of woodland, wetland and regenerating old field within the National Capital Greenbelt. Although the Beaver Trail is only 2.6 km long, it features all three of these unique habitats within its boundaries. 

However, to describe it as just one trail is misleading; there are actually two trails here, with a few short interconnecting pathways.  The inner trail, called the Chipmunk Trail, passes through forest and a small wildflower meadow; the outer trail, called the Beaver Trail, passes through both as well, but also has two observation platforms overlooking the wetland, each of which features a beaver lodge. I always take the outer trail as it has a greater diversity of wildlife.  In addition, just inside the woods near the parking lot is a large building housing the Wild Bird Care Center.  There is an informal feeding station on the east side of the building, which attracts its share of chipmunks, squirrels and birds.

Raised boardwalk leading beyond the loop trail

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