The SECOND MARSH
WILDLIFE AREA is a 123 ha coastal wetland located in the
southeast portion of Oshawa, (Regional Municipality of Durham),
Ontario, Canada. The combination of Second Marsh with the
adjacent areas of McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Darlington
Provincial Park represents nearly 400 hectares, one of the largest
publicly accessible waterfront spaces available in the Greater
Toronto Area (GTA). It is located on the north shore of Lake
Ontario in a major urban center, and is unique in being the largest
remaining wetland in the GTA.
Second Marsh Wildlife Area is host to marsh, swamp, wet meadows, a
barrier beach and woodlot habitats. Within the Marsh, you will
find sedges and cattails as well as thickets and open water.
At the north end of the Marsh, a swamp and wet forest known as the
Ghost Road Bush provides additional food and cover for certain
wildlife. Together, with wet meadows and the surrounding
uplands, this dynamic ecosystem supports a rich and diverse wildlife
community. These habitats provide food and cover for over 380
plant species, 305 bird species, numerous species of mammals,
reptiles, amphibians, fish and hundreds of species of insects.
Marsh is not only the largest remaining urban wetland in the GTA but
between the Niagara Peninsula and Presqu'ile as well. It is a
valuable resource to the Oshawa area and contributed greatly to the
city winning the highest level award from the 2001 to 2005
Communities in Bloom competitions.