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Woolwich Reservoir

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August 5, 2012


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Woolwich Reservoir

Woolwich ReservoirWoolwich Reservoir  is a man-made lake. It is one of the least-visited of the Grand River Conservation Authority properties. The main entrance, off Reid Woods Drive north of Elmira, is easy to miss, and many people do.

Woolwich Reservoir offers hiking and cycling on a 12 km Trail. There is fishing too. Stand on the dam and watch seagulls float in the greenish lake to the gentle drone of falling water. For real seclusion, take the lesser-known northern entrance off Florapine Road and follow the narrow car path to the locked gate. From there, you’ll have to hike through a shady stand of pines to reach the dam. With just you and the crows, it feels a little bit like walking through creepy Sleepy Hollow.

Thanks to the Elora Lions Club, there are plenty of trails around the reservoir to keep you busy. The 12 kilometre walking trail, established by the Elmira Lions Club, provides a fine opportunity to explore the natural history of the Woolwich Reservoir and surrounding area. A sign at the head of the trail on Homer Schwindt’s farm, at the north end of Snyder Avenue, portrays the trail route and other pertinent information. The trail crosses private farm lands before continuing on to form a loop around the Woolwich reservoir. The reservoir has a good reputation for attracting waterfowl, especially shorebirds, which can be viewed during migration in spring and fall. Another highlight along the trail is a maple sugar bush characteristic of much of the forest in the northern half of the Region. The Floradale Community Park is at the northernmost extreme of your hike. Here picnic tables are available for a refreshing halfway point meal.

Where: Reid Woods Drive, Woolwich

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365 things to do in Kitchener Waterloo is brought to you by Keith Marshall. I took my dog (Cheech) to the reservoir. I guess that makes her a reservoir dog.

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