Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails at Gordon’s Park

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Enjoy hiking through the diverse ecosystems of Gordon’s Park, in the heart of a hardwood forest!  Observe and listen to the beauty of nature around the pond, up the escarpment, in the swamp, and throughout the meadows.

FOSSILS
Gordon’s Park is fortunate to house a prehistoric fossil reef from 450,000,000 years ago, filled with specimens from a variety of different corals and undersea critters from that time period! Gordon’s Park is located on a drumlin, and is a featured stop in the University of Waterloo’s book
“Manitoulin Rocks.”

COMPLIMENT YOUR HIKE WITH THE NATURE CENTRE
Our hiking trails have nature interpretive signs so you are able to both experience and learn about nature, including different trees and their history and unique uses.

FEES
Those paying to access the trails are also welcome to use our nature interpretive centre! Our nature interpretive centre and hiking trails are free for use for all of our overnight guests.


No fee for overnight guests

On our trails:

A natural butterfly habitat
Frogs and turtles by the pond! (caught creatures must be treated kindly and released)
Study the wildflowers, mushrooms, fossils, and geology
Remains of the beech tree that was a winner in the “Great Manitoulin Tree Hunt” after it was hit by lightning
Baden Powell Grove
RASC designated Dark Sky Preserve

Various song birds
•Hawks
•Partridges
•Deer
•Porcupines
•Foxes
•Wolves

Prehistoric fossil reef from 450,000,000 years ago
•Invertebrate corals [tabulates (colonial) and rugose (solitary)]
•Stromatoporoids
•Bryozoans
•Echinoderms (crinoids)
•Molluscs (nautiloids, bivalves, gastropods, cephalopods)
•Brachiopods
•Echinoderms (crinoids)
and more on the ancient reef in the park!