Pearson Township wetland

Chestnut-sided warbler (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC staff)

Chestnut-sided warbler (Photo by Claire Elliott/NCC staff)

A wondrous wetland on Lake Superior’s North Shore

The Pearson Township Wetland, located within the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Lake Superior Coast Natural Area in Neebing, Ontario, measures 739 hectares. Much of it is protected as a conservation area, including 130 hectares by NCC.

Located in the headwaters of the Pine River, this large wetland provides critical habitat for a variety of wildlife, such as American river otter and beaver.

Back in the mid-1990s, Gary Davies, now retired from his position as NCC’s program director for northwestern Ontario, dreamed of creating a trail that overlooked the Provincially Significant Wetland. The goal was to create an enjoyable and educational experience for visitors. Thanks to the generous contributions of volunteers and donors, Davies’ vision became a reality.

Pearson Township Wetland (Map by Jacques Perrault)

Pearson Township Wetland (Map by Jacques Perrault)

Volunteers contributed over 150 hours to clear the trails and install signage. The six-kilometre Pearson Township Wetland Nature Trail is located on Crown land, and overlooks NCC’s Pearson Township Wetland Nature Reserve. The trail climbs from the parking area to a loop atop the mesa, with stunning views overlooking the wetland. The trail is steep in sections, ranging in difficulty from moderate to difficult.

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This story originally appeared in the spring 2022 issue of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine.

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