Heber Down Conservation Area, Whitby

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Heber Down Conservation Area is located in Whitby, Ontario and is owned and operated by Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority. It is located within the Lynde Creek drainage basin; it is a part of the provincially significant Heber Down Wetland Complex. The area is composed of two types of broad terrain units: a valley formed by the creek and the Glacial Lake Iroquois beach. The area provides such recreational activities as hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, and fishing.Landform and vegetationThe sandy and gravelly Glacial Lake Iroquois beach is a remnant of the Wisconsin glaciation. It was deposited by Lake Iroquois, the precursor to Lake Ontario, about 12,500 year ago. As the lake was shrinking, a line of beach deposits was receding as well, resulting in deposition of sand over the layers of silt and clay that were deposited when the lake was deeper. Following the final recession of the lake, the exposed sand layers were soaked by rainfall. Due to impervious layers underneath, high water table resulted in formation of large areas of swamps and marshes. Eastern parts of the conservation area are occupied by treed swamps and thicket swamps under the power transmission lines, where trees were removed.The western portions of the area are characterized by the steeply incised valley of the Lynde Creek. At places where it cuts across the sandy Lake Iroquois beach, groundwater seeps occur, providing an ecological niche for plants growing on the valley's walls.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Our kids love this place. Lots of spots to walk to and see lots of things in nature. A very calming place and great to see a bit of nature in Whitby.  more »
  • May 24, 2017
    Beautiful surroundings,great workout, variety of trails. Safe easy to follow trails. My dog loved it.  more »
  • May 23, 2017
    One of my dog's favorite places to explore and get walked through. For the energetic there are loads of different trails to walk on leading up and down hilly terrain. Wonderful place for a family picn...  more »
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  • May 21, 2017
    Good place to walk and get some exercise. Three different trails to enjoy. Some people don't keep their dogs on leashes like they are suppose too though. That's dog owners for ya.
  • June 30, 2017
    It's an ok trail. Has a mix of paved and unpaved (dirt and woodchips) surfaces, and a few hills. Not a huge fan of the parking costs ($2 per hour, $5 per day), this is not downtown Toronto after all. Get parking for 1-2 hours (or wing it), the trails shouldn't take longer than that unless you want to do a picnic, etc.
  • June 9, 2017
    This particular hiking trail was nice and easy, with clear trails to follow. The atmosphere was relaxing, with plenty of greenery and even a small body of water to admire.
  • May 30, 2017
    Great place for a walk in the woods. There are some mosquitoes there so be warned. If you are lucky you might see a beaver in the pond.
  • May 7, 2017
    Beautiful nature right here in Whitby. Great for walks and hikes. A real jewel most people forget about.

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