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Heber Down Conservation Area, Whitby

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Wildlife Area
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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TripAdvisor
  • As one time local residents, we wanted to check out Heber Down to see how it had changed in the 20+ years since we moved away. We were quite amazed at the improvements over the years, and for sure, wi...  more »
  • We have been visiting Heber Down for 30 years with our children and now grandchildren. We enjoy each path and we are still amazed by this Oasis 15 minutes from our door.  more »
  • My wife and I love to go for walks here. There is many trails to explore and wildlife to see. It's very relaxing and a great place to visit if you love spending time in the quiet outdoors.  more »
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  • Hidden gem in Durham region. Great for low difficulty walking / hiking. Paved pathways get you through the picnic area into the forest, where the groomed walking paths (natural terrain so bring good shoes) are easily navigated with kids and grandparents alike. Several small bodies of water can be explored on land - but the frog pond seasonally dries up. It was the highlight for the kids. The forest trails give you options for length and difficulty, but any if them are well-maintained and feature forest and river-side scenery.
  • Very nice to walk through just wish people would keep their dogs on a leash .
  • Very Pretty. Feels like your changing areas of the world. it's woods then nothing then sand very nice.
  • Nice place for walks. Weather permitting
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