An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

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Homer Watson Park

Homer Watson Park on May 10, 2010

I often park on Old Mill Road (map) in Doon and enter Homer Watson Park at the Doon Mill ruins where Schneider Creek enters the Grand River. The trail passes the water treatment plant and is an excellent area for birding at any time of year. I have heard about the invasive garlic mustard plant and how it is displacing native plants along the banks of the river. I was surprised at how many of these plants were in bloom in this area. March and April were dry months but the recent rains have contributed to flooding which has made the trail impassable just before you get opposite that Pioneer Tower. Usually I can find a way around a flooded section but not this time. You can enter this trail from the other end if you park at the end of Wilson Avenue or the end of Huron Road near Doon Heritage Crossroads.


Written by Ruth

May 12, 2010 at 12:02 am

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  1. One of my favorite trails in Kitchener, coming in from either directions. You are right birding is great including, herons, egrets, ducks, geese, and kingfishers not to mention all the little fellows. And ever once in awhile a few deer show up. It just doesn’t get any better!

    Cheryl D

    May 12, 2010 at 8:01 am

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