Hike #41: Scanlon Creek Conservation Area

Distance hiked: 10km
Location: Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, Ontario
Date: August 29, 2020

Scanlon Creek Conservation Area is located near Lake Simcoe just north of Newmarket. It offers over 10km of hiking trails that weave through the different habitats in the conservation area, including forests, wetlands, and open meadows.

We didn’t have any plans for the day, so we figured we might as well go for a hike. It was overcast outside and the forecast was calling for rain later in the afternoon. So we decided to go to Scanlon Creek since we’ve never been there before and it’s only about a 45 minute drive from Toronto.

We arrived at Scanlon Creek just before 10:30a.m. We parked at the main parking lot and from here, it’s a short walk to get to the main trailhead, which marks the start (and end) of most of the trails in the conservation area. The main trailhead, or Head of Trails, conveniently contains a map of all the trails.

We first hiked along the Chickadee Loop (2.8km). The trail was well-maintained and signed with black markers with a chickadee symbol. The path winds through a meadow and forest along the western side of the conservation area.

Near the gatehouse, the trail passes through an arboretum, which essentially is a tree park that contains a variety of different and unusual trees. Each tree has a plaque that indicates the type of tree and includes a brief description of it. The trees in the arboretum include both native and non-native species, including Sugar maples, European Larch, Tulip trees and Eastern white pine.

The trail loops back to the trailhead and passes by a few junctions for the other trails. We then hiked along the Sugar Maple Loop (1.5km), which winds through the forest. The path is relatively flat and signed with red markers with a maple symbol.

For the last stretch the trail overlaps with the Evergreen Loop (2.5km). When we looped back to the Head of Trails, we continued along the Evergreen Loop, which is signed with a green marker with a fir symbol.

The trail weaves through the forest and passes near and through the wetlands. There’s a boardwalk section, which is largely overrun with vegetation, but provides a nice view of the wetlands up close and personal.

At the end of the boardwalk, there’s a junction to continue along the Evergreen Loop back to the trailhead, or take a connecting path, the Creekside Trail (400m), which leads to the Kingfisher Loop (3.5km). We opted for the latter to create a longer loop around the northern edge of the conservation area.

The path is marked with blue markers with a kingfisher symbol and follows the shore of the wetlands. There’s a sign along the trail that indicates the importance of this wetland as it helps to ensure clean drinking water, provides flood control, and is a habitat for over 600 species of wildlife.

The trail then winds through the forest, connects with the Chickadee Loop, and leads back to the Head of Trails and parking lot. We finished up just before 12:30p.m. As we were driving out of the conservation area, it started to rain. Good timing.

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My progress on the 52 Hike Challenge can be found here

28 thoughts on “Hike #41: Scanlon Creek Conservation Area

  1. suburban tracker says:

    I have stored your 52 hikes page for my dreamed visit of Canada, hopefully possible in 2022 again. Meanwhile, hikes in and around Berlin (indeed more than 40 % of the city area is green) the only real pleasure outside due to another lockdown in the time being.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks for your kind words. We had initially planned to hike a few trails in other parts of Canada and the world, but unfortunately had to change our plans because of the pandemic. Turns out that there are some really great trails right here in my home province of Ontario. It makes a huge difference to have access to green space during the pandemic as that is one of the few things we can (safely) do these days during lockdown. Take care.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      One of the real highlights of this conservation area is the arboretum, which contains a variety of different types of trees with signs to identify their type. It certainly is a great area for exploration and spending the day. Thanks for reading.

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  2. Ab says:

    Well this looks very interesting! And I like that it’s so close to home. I imagine this looks very nice covered in snow too! 🙂 May just check this out over the winter time. Itching for a nice hike!

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Scanlon Creek would be lovely in the winter covered in snow. Some of the paths are quite wide and the trails are well signed, so it would be relatively easy to hike along. I’ve been putting together a list of places to go snowshoeing for when we finally get some decent snow. Hope you had a good weekend. Take care.

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