BTC Ecology Hike – Two for One Hike!

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05/16/2023 09:30 AM

BTC Ecology Hike - Two for One Hike!

  • PaceTypes ,Leisurely,Medium
  • TerrainTypes ,Easy,Moderate
  • PaidOuting No
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Hosting Club: Peninsula

Location (Google Maps): 388 Cape Chin Road North, Lion's Head.

Hike Leader(s): Marg Glendon Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

Pace: Leisurely, Medium
Terrain: Easy, Moderate
Distance: ~4 KM total


This is a two-part nature-themed hike with a visit to Otter Lake Nature Reserve and its neighbour,  Maple Cross Nature Reserve at Cape Chin. Join Brian Popelier, BTC Ecologist as he introduces us to the wonders of Otter Lake's Spring birding season and then guides us for a car- hike and walk at MCNRCC to learn more about current habitat restoration here.

The Otter Lake property is part of a larger provincially significant wetland complex. It is comprised of a variety of wetland habitats including meadow marsh, thicket swamp, deciduous treed swamp, Graminoid fen and the properties namesake, the shallow calcareous Otter Lake. The wetlands support water loving plants and host a variety of wetland and marsh birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. introduce you to the wonders of Otter Lake's spring birding season.

Habitat restoration is important where human activity has degraded the natural environment.  Brian will lead us on a hike and chat as we discuss the many ways the Bruce Trail Conservancy works towards protecting and restoring the ecology and sensitive lands of the Niagara Escarpment. With 523 acres of iconic Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula landscape, a breathtaking 270-degree view of Georgian Bay, and 1.8 kilometers of the Bruce Trail’s Optimum Route, the Maple Cross Nature Reserve at Cape Chin is a natural masterpiece and a true conservation gem.

In total, this hike will take about 4 hours. Bring binoculars, insect repellent, lunch, water and snacks. Wear sunscreen, hat, and sun protective clothing. We encounter some wet spots on the hike, so wear water proof hiking boots and bring gators, if you have them.