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Heber Down Conservation Area, Whitby

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web
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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  • Amazing trails at Heber Down, I typically hike 4 to 6 KM and there is many trails to choose from, the devil den bond is a warm spot good to visit on a cold day, It is recommended to use a GPS device o...  read more »
  • I love taking a ride to this conservation area. Quiet and peaceful area to walk with lots of nature around. Perfect way to de stress after a day at work!. 
  • We haven't been in several years but started going again this year and are loving it. There are several trails that aren't too long and can be combined to make a longer trail if you want. They are wel...  read more »
  • Very Pretty. Feels like your changing areas of the world. it's woods then nothing then sand very nice.
  • Nice and close to locals. Walk or easier mountain biking. A few hills.
  • Very pretty and not busy. Hidden park with lots of different scenery.
  • Great place for enhancing your off-road biking skills
  • Fun easy trails
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