Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: August 2021
Trillium Woods Provincial Park is a nature reserve that is located just outside of Woodstock and is situated on a mostly flat ground moraine that was created by glaciers thousands of years ago. The nature reserve is near the northern boundary of the Carolinian forest region and supports a diverse representation of tree species. Besides offering a single hiking trail that loops through the mature forest, there are no other facilities or activities at Trillium Woods.
We took Monday off of work and planned to spend our long weekend in southwestern Ontario along Lake Erie. We had a bit of a delayed start to our long weekend as we wanted to sleep in and go to the farmer’s market Saturday morning. By the time we finished breakfast and packing up the car, it was shortly after 10:30a.m.
We planned to spend our first night in Wheatley Provincial Park and along the drive we first stopped at Trillium Woods to stretch our legs. Entrance into the park is located along a gravel road on Trillium Line. There is no official park sign, but there’s a small parking lot across from a local maple syrup shop that can accomodate a handful of cars.
After a hundred metres or so the path leads to an official looking sign with more information about Trillium Woods. There is a single short trail that loops through Trillium Woods that totals 1km in length round trip. The trail also provides barrier-free access and the terrain along the trail is relatively flat.
The park also serves as a wildflower sanctuary and is reputed to be especially scenic in the spring when the forest floor is covered in white trilliums. Unfortunately for us, we visited in August when the trilliums were long gone. But we weren’t complaining too much as we had the trail all to ourselves.
There are also a few signs along the way that identify the types of trees that can be found in the nature reserve.
It was a beautiful day outside, but we were happy to be under the canopy of leaves which provided much relief from the sun. We did hear a tree fall down during our hike, which was a bit unsettling though.
Overall it took us 15 minutes to complete the trail. We hopped back in the car and continued our drive towards Lake Erie.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here