“A large conservation area that falls on the vertex of 4 large cities (Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Vaughan).”
— Ameya Gokhale
Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This great loop takes hikers on a tour of the trails of Claireville Conservition Area.
Need to Know
Sighting of the dangerous Wild Parsnip plants in large quantities. Stay away from them.
The trail surface is more of compacted mud or, in most cases, concrete that is worn out. The area is heaven for bird watchers or flora and fauna enthusiasts. A large number of species can often be spotted on the way.
This is a semi-urban park and feels like an oasis in the big cities. There is also a ranch (horses) which offers riding nearby. There are several old houses which depict the park's century-old heritage. A bowstring bridge is another heritage structure that crosses the stream inside the park.
Parking is available, but the lot is too small for the area. Geographically, the area falls on the vertex of 4 large cities (Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Vaughan) so this semi-urban park can be quite popular.
Flora & Fauna
Fauna: The park is home to the eastern coyote, wood duck, chimney crayfish, deer, muskrat, and common garter snake. The park's varied landscape can be admired from many vantage points.
Birds: Dozens of bird species can be seen. Some use the park as a stop on their migratory route, while others breed in the park.
In the open meadows: Eastern meadowlark, Red-winged blackbird, Bobolink, American woodcock, and Savannah sparrow.
In the forest: Rose-breasted grosbeak, Pileated woodpecker, Red-eyed vireo, Blue jay, American robin, Great-crested flycatcher, Hairy woodpecker and Scarlet tanager.
Semi-open brush: Northern oriole, Eastern kingbird, Field sparrow, House wren, Yellow shafted flicker, Indigo bunting, Grey catbird, Brown thrasher
Ponds, marshes, river banks: Wood duck, Tree swallow, Mallard, Song sparrow, Bank swallow, Rough-wing swallow, Eastern phoebe, Cliff swallow
Fish: Common year round are brown bullhead, carp, creek chub, goldfish, largemouth bass, pumpkins
History & Background
The TRCA has declared an early 20th-century farmhouse in the northern part of Claireville as a heritage property; major restoration began in 2005.