Enjoy hiking through the diverse ecosystems of Gordon’s Park in the heart of a hardwood forest. Observe and listen to the beauty of nature around the pond, up the escarpment, in the swamp, and throughout the meadows. Check out our natural butterfly habitat and the turtles and goldfish in the pond. Study the wildflowers of each season, and the mushrooms, fossils, and geology around the escarpment. See what is left of the beech tree that was a winner in the Great Manitoulin Tree Hunt after it was hit by lightening, our Baden Powell Grove, and our RASC designated Dark Sky Preserve. Watch for wildlife viewing opportunities – local species include various song birds, hawks, partridges, deer, porcupines, foxes, and wolves.
Gordon’s Park is fortunate to house a prehistoric fossil reef from 450,000,000 years ago, filled with specimens from a variety of different corals and undersea critters from that time period. See fossils such as invertebrate corals [tabulates (colonial) and rugose (solitary)], stromatoporoids, bryozoans, and echinoderms (crinoids), molluscs (nautiloids, bivalves, gastropods, cephalopods), brachiopods, echinoderms (crinoids), and more on the ancient reef in the park. Gordon’s Park is located on a drumlin and is a featured stop in the University of Waterloo’s book “Manitoulin Rocks.”