Pearson Township Wetland Nature Trail

Pearson Township Wetland (Photo by Gary Davies)

Pearson Township Wetland (Photo by Gary Davies)

Located within NCC’s Lake Superior Natural Area, the 739-hectare Pearson Township Wetland is a Provincially Significant Wetland, with much of it protected as a conservation area, including 130 hectares by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).

The 5.7-kilometre Pearson Township Wetland Nature Trail is on Crown land and overlooks NCC’s Pearson Township Wetland Nature Reserve. Visitors can hike the looped trail and take in the stunning views overlooking the wetland. 

Ecological significance

The Pearson Township Wetland is part of the headwaters of the Pine River and contains three wetland types: fen, swamp and marsh. Wetlands provide many benefits to the environment, including preventing flood damage (by holding water and releasing it slowly like a sponge), improving water quality (by acting like a big filter) and providing important habitat for wildlife. It is home to nesting species, such as sandhill crane and Connecticut warbler.  

Visiting the trail

Pearson Township Wetland Nature Trail Map - Click to enlarge

Pearson Township Wetland Nature Trail Map - Click to enlarge

Getting here: Located south west of Thunder Bay

  • Drive south on Highway 61 to Highway 608.
  • Go west on Highway 608 to Highway 597.
  • Head south on Highway 597 to Moore’s Creek bridge.
  • Trailhead parking lot is located just south of the bridge.

Amenities: parking, benches, interpretive signage, trailhead kiosk

Disclaimer: Visitors to Nature Conservancy of Canada properties do so at their own risk. Please respect NCC’s trail guidelines when visiting.

More information

The Pearson Township Wetland Nature Trail is just one of the many examples where dedicated supporters have helped us in caring for Canada's natural places. To learn more about how you can support NCC’s stewardship work in Ontario, please visit our get involved page, or donation page.

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations who have contributed generously to this project: Weston Family Foundation, Cameron and Janet Clark, Gary and Karen Davies, Dr. Edward Shields, Thunder Bay Community Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

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