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Canada Geese in flight

MacGregor Point Provincial Park – 26 September 2015

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Our last day in Canada dawned sunny. Our evening flight from Toronto was some time away, and we had around a three hour drive to get to the airport. So what to do?

We met up with a friend who suggested we walked one of the trails in MacGregor Point Provincial Park, near to Port Elgin.

Tower Trail

Tower Trail
26 September 2016

Parking up at the south-western corner, we walked in a clockwise direction. The MacGregor Point Project was established in 1987 by Duck Unlimited to provide a wildfowl conservation area.

MacGregor Point Project

MacGregor Point Project
26 September 2015

The first feature we reached was the observation tower, accessed via a board-walk.

Boardwalk to Observation Tower

Boardwalk to Observation Tower
26 September 2016

The observation tower gave us a view across the wetlands that we were about to walk around. Returning to the trail, we passed a picnic table, next to one of the many ponds.

Picnic Table and Pond

Picnic Table and Pond
26 September 2016

As befits a wetland habitat, not all the ground is able to be walked upon. In these locations, there are board-walks.

Boardwalk under the trees on the Tower Trail

Boardwalk under the trees on the Tower Trail
26 September 2016

Around the trail are interpretative boards telling the story of wetlands, identifying the various parts of wetlands and how they interact.

Interpretive board on the Tower Trail

Interpretive board on the Tower Trail
26 September 2016

On the west side of the trail, there is a bird hide that was installed in 2012.

Bird Hide and boardwalk

Bird Hide and boardwalk
26 September 2016

As expected in the Canadian Fall, geese where heard and observed.

Canada Geese in flight

Canada Geese in flight
26 September 2015

From the hide, we headed back to the car, were we saw the observation tower.

Tower Trail Observation Tower

Tower Trail Observation Tower
26 September 2015

Our final sight of the wetlands include more Canadian Geese.

Canadian Geese on the wetlands

Canadian Geese on the wetlands
26 Septmber 2015

Heading away from the water, we returned to the car, and headed back into Port Elgin for lunch. We took around 75 minutes for the walk which was a pleasant way to spend some time prior to the start of the journey home.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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