Birding · Wildflowers
Where swans nest, billowing reeds blow & nature's bounty is enjoyed by all.
The Mac Johnson Wildlife Area is one of Cataraqui Conservation's largest conservation properties, and also one of it's most popular with visitors. Located north of Brockville, just two kilometres from Highway 29, it consists of 532 hectares of wetland, field and forest.
The reservoir located on this property maintains water levels for the Buells Creek System which flows through the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley and the City of Brockville. The reservoir is also a Class 1 provincially significant wetland with a high diversity of plant and animal life, where you may catch a glimpse of the Trumpeter Swans.
For those who enjoy a nature walk, a more stringent and challenging hike, or a run, there are a total of 11 kilometres of trails on the property, offering a chance to experience the wildlife and vegetation of woodlands, wetlands and fields. Trail 1, also known as the Wildflower Loop, has been developed into a popular and educational interpretive trail. The trails are open year-round, including for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, but are no longer groomed and maintained by Cataraqui Conservation on a regular basis.
Also known locally as the Back Pond, the Wildlife Area was renamed by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority in 1987, to recognize the efforts and achievements of a Brockville resident and early Conservation Authority member Mac Johnson.
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