Gaetz Lake Sanctuary
Two oxbow lakes provide the centre of attraction in this outstanding urban wildlife reserve. Fed by springs, the streams
and wetlands nurture rare orchids and many other wildflowers. These include lily-of-the-valley, blue clematis and fairy
bells in the spring, and evening primrose, Bicknell's geranium and yellow lady's-slipper in the summer.
Yellow-headed and red-winged blackbirds are prominent in the willow and cattail margins of the lake. The surrounding mixed
woodland and old growth forest provide habitat for pileated and three-toed woodpeckers, black-capped and boreal chickadees,
red-breasted nuthatches, white-throated sparrows and olive-sided flycatchers.
Take advantage of the viewing blinds and platforms to see grebes, coots and ducks, which all nest at the sanctuary. One
can also view Canada geese regularly.
Muskrats and beavers are year-round inhabitants; coyotes, red foxes, and white-tailed and mule deer are seen frequently
in the winter. The Kerry Wood Nature Centre here offers nature walks, exhibits, an excellent selection of books, and a bulletin
board featuring recent wildlife sightings.
Heritage Community Foundation – Gaetz Lakes Sancturalry
Heritage Community Foundation – Kerry Wood Nature Centre
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Updated: Sep 16, 2010