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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  • This park has some great trails and brings back memories of when my kids were young and we hiked there regularly. The campground is long gone but new trails are being created now to connect the park w...  more »
  • There is paeking on site with some limitations, the grounds are very well kept, lots of paths to chose from, streamsm bridges and ponds.  more »
  • Great place to go with kids or by yourself ! Trails are great and wide enough to feel comfortable. Good place to walk or run. Kids love this place, lots to see from frogs to ducks as well as the occas...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I have so many fond childhood memories at Heber Down! I know the place like the back of my hand. There are many winding trails to travel and beautiful landscapes to stop and appreciate.
  • I absolutely love biking, hiking and walking my dog here. I can ride my bike right from my house into the trails from Cullen Gardens. RJ my dog loves the stream off of Devils Den trail where the Beaver Dam is forming. The conservation is become very popular over the last few years with all the urban growth. It provides a great escape from the urban jungle and helps me connect with nature's beauty.
  • My family and I were very disappointed with almost everything at the park. The road to get in from the main road was full of pot holes. Some jogger is bound to get hurt. There is no water facility anywhere to wash your hands, The toilet was filthy with no flush and sink. Outside there were mo garbage bins anywhere to be found. Yes, we were charged for parking. Its really sad that the park it self is very good. I hope the municipality does something about the terrible, terrible conditions and improvements is very much needed.
  • Great place! We brought our bikes and let me tell you that if you're an average rider like myself you'll find a couple challenges along the trails, there's even an area where you'll find people flying rc airplanes. I'm definitely returning before its too cold, lots of fun and made even better when we ended up in Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village.

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