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Making the Most of Ontario

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Gabrielle, Queen's Square | September 10, 2020

September offers adventure seekers plenty of opportunity to sneak in a few more adventures before the weather turns.

Bird lovers should try Hawk Cliff, east of Port Stanley. There you can witness the fall migration of 15 species of raptors. Bring a lawn chair and pair of binoculars and watch as hawks and raptors take advantage of the warm air thermals created by the cliffs. This fall migration reaches its peak in September.

Thanks to a high PH level in the groundwater, amateur botanists may enjoy looking for all the unusual wildflower species at Petrel Point Nature Reserve. See if you can spot the carnivorous plants like the Horned Bladderwort, the Pitcher Plant, or Sundew. There are also many varieties of orchid and other wildflowers. Whether you are there to find plants, or just to take in the scenery of the Great Lakes Coastal Meadow Marsh, the boardwalks that protect this rare landscape are an enjoyable stroll.

If you don’t mind a longer drive, head east to Bon Echo Provincial Park, home to Ontario’s only lizard species, the five-lined-skink. Work up a sweat on one of eight trails and then take a dip at one of three beaches. Or rent a canoe and head to Mazinaw Rock to see Canada’s largest visible collection of Indigenous pictographs – there are over 260 of them!

Take a journey across Ontario from the comfort of your home! Join wildlife photographer Paul Gains for Ontario Wildlife Encounters, a virtual event on September 24. Hear Paul’s always entertaining stories and get inspired for your own wildlife adventure. This is a registered event delivered through Zoom.

Looking for another adventure? We have lots of books in our collection to help you find the perfect destination. Try these:

So get out there and make the most of September!