Lynde Shores Conservation Area
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 as it does not provide birds with the nutrients they need
Lynde Shores Conservation Area is available to teachers wishing to conduct their own outdoor programs. However, we deliver our education programs at this area, so please contact Central Lake Ontario Conservation to avoid double booking.
Main Entrance: 1225 Victoria St. West, Whitby
Pay and Display Parking is in effect:
$3/hour or $6/vehicle/day
Winter Notice: Trails are not maintained in the winter.
No Dogs Allowed Policy at Lynde Shores Conservation Area: 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.