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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  • Have lived nearby for years and this was my first time here. Right now they only have one entrance open due to construction, but we managed to get there. There was no map that I saw, thankfully my fri...  more »
  • We have taken our husky puppy hiking here twice - both in the winter! He has absolutely LOVED it! We love how there is many different levels in the terrain, a pond, and lots of bridges to cross. There...  more »
  • Great trails, well designed, and laid out....We DID get a little lost at one point, but once we hit the main trail, it was a nice experience......definitely a place to go for an afternoon  more »
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  • Nice quiet walk on the snowy trails. Was perfect day for a walk after the snow. Park gate is closed but you can still walk into there. It's a great spot in summer as well. Lots of birds around in summer time.
  • Warning: this is a DOG walker trail. The sheer number dogs - on and off leash - and irresponsible, entitled attitude of owners absolutely trashes the chance of a nice walk here. It's getting harder and you have to go much further to find a peaceful hiking trail.
  • Very nice trails, from beginner to intermediate. I walked the entire park yesterday and while it is very icy currently (march 7th) there were no obstacles of any difficulty. Some steepish uphill sections, some very flat very long sections, but a lot of nice scenery. Check out the Christmas trees by the pond loop!
  • A nice place to hike, bike, walk, XC ski or snowshoe in the winter. Heber Down is NOT a leash-free park - there is a place off Cochrane Street from Winchester for dogs but it is not part of the accessible trail area. Keep your dog on a 6 foot maximum leash and carry your doggy bags out so everyone can enjoy the trails.
  • Beautiful hiking trail. Its light enough to bring kids out to. There is a dog park for dog socializing. It's suggested dog owners do not bring toys into the dog park as it may cause disputes.
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