are many good examples of forest habitat in Ontario. The following
list contains a few of the best examples.
Dundas Valley Conservation Area: many of the images used in
this website were taken here, and this is a very nearby place
to see some of Carolinian forest at its best. This is also the
site of the head office of the Hamilton Conservation Authority,
a great resource if you want to find out more about this habitat.
Hill Creek Valley:
this is a forested area found along the Red Hill Creek, the last
intact natural waterway on Hamilton Harbour's south shore. It
is a spectacular example of Carolinian forest that is threatened
by plans to build a large expressway see it before it's
Botanical Gardens: RBG owns several properties that are readily
accessible to the public including the Hendrie Valley and Cootes
Paradise (North and South Shore Trail systems exist). Trail maps
are available at the RBG centre.
Creek Provincial Park.
Photo by Marnie Branfireun.
the Hamilton Region (most nearby)
Creek Provincial Park: this park has property on either side
of Bronte Creek north of the Q.E.W. with walking trails through
mature forest. Note that provincial parks require payment for
entry, but provide more than adequate parking close to trail entry
of Toronto at Mississauga (Erindale College):
students are often surprised that behind the large academic buildings
there is a lovely forested area that contains several Carolinian
representatives. Parking is free in the summer vacation period.
Island & Long Point: If you want to see Carolinian forest
at its best, take some time to visit either of these sites on
the northern shore of Lake Erie. These areas have suffered much
less from human habitat alteration and contain some of the most
rare Carolinian species found in Ontario
of Hamilton and Halton © 2003 Hamilton Naturalists' Club