Spring Ephemerals Discovery Hike at Jackson Cove

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04/29/2024 09:30 AM

Spring Ephemerals Discovery Hike at Jackson Cove

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

Location (Google Maps): Jackson’s Cove Road at the top of the hill just to the west of the trail. 44.939536, -81.133319. Map 37 Bruce Trail Reference Guide Ed. 31.

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

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


Spring Ephemerals are woodland flowers which emerge before the trees show their leaves. Although they appear fragile, Spring Ephemerals often develop a relationship with fungi to help draw the water and nutrients they need to thrive. They are an important early source of pollen and nectar for insects. Jeannine Kralt, botany enthusiast, will lead our Spring Ephemeral Discovery hike along the Bruce Trail near Jackson’s Cove and winds through the Mackie Nature Reserve. This “Walk-Stop-Talk” hike is a slow pace ~4 km and includes a little hill climbing over rocky and uneven terrain. Be prepared for up to 3 hours. What to bring: A light backpack to carry water, light lunch or snack. Optional: Camera, insect repellent and bug net may be useful. What to wear: Sturdy footwear. Weather can be unpredictable at this time of year - dress in layers.  Note: There are no washroom facilities at this location. We may encounter poison ivy.