Happy Valley Forest (Photo by NCC).

Happy Trails: Join NCC for a hike at the Happy Valley Forest

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Hike and tour will begin at 10 a.m.

Just 30 minutes outside of Toronto lies an unexpectedly tranquil green space: the Happy Valley Forest. Over the years, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has helped protect more than 780 acres (315 hectares) in the heart of King Township, ensuring the survival of future old-growth forests and species that rely on this habitat on the Oak Ridges Moraine in the midst of surrounding development. It is the largest remaining intact forest of its kind on the moraine.

Join our conservation experts for a hike through the forest. From ravines to ridges, old fields to wooded wetland habitats, the Happy Valley Forest offers a diversity of topography and scenery to satisfy hikers of all ages.

Trail length: 2.5 km (Goldie Feldman Nature Reserve)

Hike difficulty: Easy to moderate

Amenities on-site: There are no amenities on-site. Guests are encouraged to visit the ONroute rest stop along Hwy 400 northbound between King Road and Major Mackenzie prior to the tour.

Please RSVP to Linda Branderhorst by Tuesday, July 25.

Contact information:
Linda Branderhorst, Event Coordinator
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Office
T: 1-866-281-5331 x 35
C: 519-495-5427

While lunch will not be served on this tour, visitors might enjoy dining at nearby Pine Farms Orchard located at 2700 16th Sideroad, King City, Ontario.

Remember to bring:

  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Closed-toed footwear
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Water in a reusable bottle

Points of interest:

  • Older-growth forest on the Oak Ridges Moraine
  • Headwater streams of Lake Simcoe and Lake Ontario 
  • Lookout point and lowland boardwalk

Species to look out for:

  • coyote
  • scarlet tanager 
  • red-shouldered hawk 
  • white-tailed deer 
  • wood thrush 
  • eastern newt 
  • Jefferson salamander

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