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I visited this natural area for the first time on a snowy, damp weekend (as we have had every weekend lately!) In spite of the weather, it was an interesting and beautiful area that I will return to explore further when the trails dry out. There are several steep sections in the 5 km loop so if you go when it is icy, you need to take special care.
Chickadees here are very friendly and come readily to eat from your hand. Most of them have colour-coded bands and are being studied for behaviour and movement. This is a birder’s paradise.
This map directs you to Hillside Lake Park on the Brant-Waterloo Road. Dickson Wilderness area is immediately west of the trailer park. A parking lot is on the north side of Brant-Waterloo Road.
Other trails are found nearby at Sudden Tract, Wrigley Lake and Pinehurst Lake.
North Dumfries township, south of the city of Cambridge, is on the northern edge of the Carolinian zone and has Carolinian oak-hickory forests, prairie grasslands and valuable wetlands. There are interesting glacial features such as drumlins, moraines, kames and kettle lakes. Grass Lake is seen from Shouldice Road between Beke Road and the Brant Waterloo Road. (map) I walked this stretch on the weekend and in less than half an hour saw Sandhill Cranes, American Kestrels, a Red-tailed Hawk, several Wood Ducks and Pied-billed Grebes, Goldfinches, Red-winged Blackbirds and other common birds. Many other water and grassland birds are found here especially in the summer. If you are interested in birding, natural history and glacial landforms, this is a unique area within Waterloo Region to explore.
In Ontario, Sandhill Cranes generally breed on Manitoulin Island and near Sault Ste Marie. But a few make their summer home in Waterloo Region. I saw this pair on Labour Day weekend but they will soon be moving south for the winter. I will share more information about this unique area tomorrow.