Established in 1972, the 272-hectare Lynde Shores Conservation Area, together with the adjacent Cranberry West Tract (40 hectares) is well known for its wildlife viewing opportunities. Including both Lynde Creek Marsh and Cranberry Marsh, the Lynde Shores Conservation Area provides excellent habitat for nesting birds and acts as an important stopover point for waterfowl and shorebirds migrating along the north shore of Lake Ontario.
In addition to their importance to wildlife, both Lynde Creek Marsh and Cranberry Marsh provide many other 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.
To help you get a closer look at this important area, 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 are just the right length for little ones and are generally stroller and wheelchair friendly. Or, take a walk along the boardwalk to get a sense of what it feels like to be out in the middle of the Lynde Creek Marsh. Bring a camera, because you just never know what you might see!
NO DOGS ALLOWED POLICY AT LYNDE SHORES CONSERVATION AREA
There are many good reasons why a no dogs allowedpolicy is in place at Lynde Shores Conservation Area. This Conservation Area includes two provincially significant wetlands Lynde Marsh and Cranberry Marsh. Because of their location on the shores of Lake Ontario and because of 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 the female off the nest causing her to never return.
So, to help keep Lynde Shores Conservation Area a wildlife friendly zone, please leave your pets at home when visiting this important wildlife area.