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McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve

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1189 Colonel Sam Dr, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8W8, Canada
+1 905-644-1689
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Great trails, gorgeous beach

We went for a walk on a beautiful fall afternoon. I would suggest proper foot wear if you want to... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
via mobile
Nice nature trails. Easy access.

Next door to the GM HQ parking lot it is very easy to park/walk to the trails. There are several... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Marc L
Courtice, Canada
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“great trails” (3 reviews)
“ample parking” (2 reviews)
1189 Colonel Sam Dr, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8W8, Canada
+1 905-644-1689
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We went for a walk on a beautiful fall afternoon. I would suggest proper foot wear if you want to use any trail other than the paved ones. After a day of rain, there were some muddy spots, and some cut grass. The trails are...More

Thank Kristen28006
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Next door to the GM HQ parking lot it is very easy to park/walk to the trails. There are several trails so you can pick the one that suits your ambition level. Bonus: There are electric car charging stations in the lot if you have...More

1  Thank Marc L
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a hidden gem along the north shore of Lake Ontario! Grassy walking trails and lots of interesting vistas.

Thank timhannan
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I am a big fan of the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and thankful to all the volunteers who made it a reality. I thoroughly enjoyed my last vist - except for the mosquitoes. I was saddened to see the poor state of the boardwalk. Part...More

Thank Epsi_2012
Reviewed 11 August 2016

It's a lovely marsh trail...however, there were no garbage cans or recycling bins available where the path entrance is located. As well, there are no dogs allowed....If you have your dog on a leash, why can't we walk our dogs here? They claim is scares...More

1  Thank Petsitter4U
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

It's a great place to just go wonder around and have a look at nature at its best! All kinds of birds and smaller wild life, insects and creatures. Very peaceful and seems that people are respecting the reserve and not doing anything to upset...More

Thank Mary G
Reviewed 15 June 2016

My wife and I went for a walk to the lake on Sunday. The quiet was soothing to the soul. We hike here often as I like to take pictures and she looks for little pieces of driftwood. It is possible to complete a long...More

Thank Keith M
Reviewed 24 February 2016

Our family use this reserve for canoeing and just simply to enjoy the outdoors. When our children were younger it was great for nature walks.

Thank Margaret38338
Reviewed 20 February 2016

This is a lovely area to walk and wander. Pretty quiet peaceful. Cold in the winter. Can be mucky but great in the summer.

1  Thank TeeZeeOntario
Reviewed 28 January 2016

Spring or summer is a great time to put in your kayak or canoe for a leisurely paddle around the marsh. Always plenty of wildlife to see, including ducks, geese, heron, beaver, snapping turtles, and a plethora of marsh birds. As it's sheltered from the...More

2  Thank Louis P
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