EXPERIENCE WILDLIFE VIEWING RIGHT IN YOUR
1225 VICTORIA ST W
To minimize wildlife disturbance, leashed pets are only welcome on the paved Waterfront Trail. Please only feed the songbirds and only feed them seeds.
5 km of trails
Pay-and-display parking, $6/vehicle/day (Visa and MasterCard only)
Canoe launch (open July 15-Sept. 15 only)
Fishing (by boat only)
Three marsh-viewing platforms
All groups planning to visit during school hours must call in advance to check availability: 905-579-0411, ext. 108
Extremely popular for wildlife viewing, Lynde Shores Conservation Area has a number of looping trails (5 km including the 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 stopover 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.
The boardwalk built in 1990 into Lynde Marsh has been removed as it was structurally no longer safe. We encourage you to visit the new marsh viewing area on the Victoria Street Waterfront Trail or one of the Cranberry Marsh viewing platforms within Lynde Shores Conservation Area.
For your safety and the well being of the animals, please:
only feed the songbirds
bring your own, unsalted seeds and take home any extra seeds
leave bread at home—it does not provide birds with the nutrients they need
WHY NO DOGS? REDUCING WILDLIFE DISTURBANCE
This Conservation Area includes two provincially significant wetlands: Lynde Marsh and Cranberry Marsh. Because of these marshes' location on the shores of Lake Ontario and their diversity in both wetland and upland plant communities, these two wetland areas a extremely important to many wildlife species including birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
Although the wetlands themselves provide critical habitat for many species, the upland areas (both grasslands and woodlands) adjacent to the wetlands area are also critical to many water-dependent wildlife. Many ground-nesting birds, including some duck species, require these upland habitats adjacent to wetlands for nesting and food gathering.
Dogs have been known to destroy these nests or scare birds off their nest. To help keep Lynde Shores Conservation Area a wildlife-friendly zone, please leave your pets at home when visiting this important wildlife area.
Note: Leashed dogs are permitted on the Waterfront Trail, which is the paved trail that passes through Lynde Shores.
A free, downloadable map is available for this conservation area through the Avenza Maps app. Once downloaded, this map can be used offline and will track your location within Lynde Shores Conservation Area using your devise's GPS. Offline location helps you stay on track, on the trail, and out of restricted areas.
Download the free Avenza Maps App onto your devise from The App Store or Google Play. Allow your location to be known, create an account, and search "Lynde Shores". To find all available Central Lake Ontario Conservation Maps, search "CLOCA".
Download the maps you need so they are available offline anytime and you can stay safe and aware, even in the remotest of places.
MAINTAINED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CONSERVATION AREA TRAIL STEWARDS
Our Conservation Area Trail Stewards (CATS) program was initiated in January 2020 in an effort to improve the experience for our visitors and help keep the wildlife safe and wild. Identified by their yellow 'Volunteer' vests, these trained volunteers visit Lynde Shores Conservation Area at least once a month to engage and educate visitors, and maintain the trails. For more information on this volunteer role, please visit our CATS web page.