Waterfront Trail (Ed Kroll Memorial
The 1.25km section of the Lake Ontario Trail and
Greenway that extends along the west side of Second Marsh is known
as the Ed Kroll Memorial Walkway, named after Ed Kroll, long-time
head of waterfowl banding. The trail is paved, is
and is ideal for walking or cycling. Entrances to the trail are
located off Farewell Street and Colonel Sam Drive.
There is no parking available at the Farewell
Street entrance. Limited on-street parking is available at the north
end of the link as it exits onto Colonel Sam Drive. This is the
entrance most used by the general public.
along the Ed Knoll Memorial Walkway is Scott's Pond. Named after
Oshawa's premier naturalist, George A. Scott, this is an excellent
spot to watch for turtles, rails and herons. Also in the vicinity
is a snake hibernaculum, explained through an illustrated, interpretative
Further east along the trail is a bridge,
sponsored by the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, that
takes you into the Ghost Road Bush, over to the Beaver Pond and
a two-tiered viewing tower overlooking the pond and Second Marsh.
feature located along the Ed Knoll Memorial Walkway is Scattergood's
Pond, named after the family that once owned it. Their knowledge
of the area provides us with a valuable historical perspective
on the Marsh. A viewing deck here, sponsored by Motor City Kinsmen
and Landscape Concepts, provides good opportunities to
observe waterfowl, turtles, muskrats and various aquatic plants.
Continuing along the trail also provides excellent views of the
Ducks Unlimited Canada Viewing
along the Walkway is a viewing mound that is idea for bird watching
and absorbing the beauty of the Marsh. It is wheelchair accessible
and provides a good panoramic view of the Second Marsh and the eastern
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Raised Viewing Deck/Harmony Pond
just east of the Colonel Sam Drive entrance, which is situated opposite
the SECOND MARSH WILDLIFE AREA road sign, is a raised viewing deck,
sponsored by Oshawa Central Lions. It overlooks the junction of Harmony and Farewell Creeks
and delivers a panoramic view of "Harmony Pond". This
is a prime spring and autumn habitat for waterfowl, waders and shorebirds.
Bob Mills Boardwalk
trail is 1340m in length and is predominately a raised boardwalk.
Located along the trail are small woodland ponds that offer breeding
sites for amphibians. During peak migration periods, in the spring
(April - May) and autumn (September - October), this woodland is
an exciting place to view warblers, vireos, thrushes and other
along the trail, the forest floor is covered with Trout Lillies,
May-apples, Trilliums, Jack-in-a-pulpit, and Yellow Lady's Slipper.
by volunteers under the supervision of Friends of Second Marsh staff,
the Bob Mills Boardwalk (named after our founding Chair) provides a suitable travel surface through
a sensitive area that protects unique wetland features.
With the help of volunteers, including EDS Canada staff, who have
participated on the project along with the 32nd Oshawa Scouts. Approximately 200-300 feet of boardwalk
is constructed annually and should be completed in 2006.
trail leads to the Beaver Pond and a two-tiered viewing tower,
sponsored by Westmount Kiwanis, that
overlooks the pond and Second Marsh. Two remnant dams and a beaver
lodge are visible from the tower. A wooden bridge spanning
the beaver pond was sponsored by Westmount Kiwanis and R & M
A short walk through the woodland leads to the
Marshland Trail, which is located in the adjacent McLaughlin Bay
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