Clear Creek Forest Provincial Park

Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: August 2021

Clear Creek Forest is a protected nature reserve that is located outside of Chatham. It is under the administration of the nearby Rondeau Provincial Park and contains a deciduous forest. The forest here is home to many species-at-risk and features a 300-year-old beech tree that is believed to be Ontario’s oldest. Clear Creek Forest also contains evidence of native inhabitants and an archaeological site.

To access Clear Creek Forest, there is a small parking lot along Cochrane Line and Duart Road that can accomodate a handful of cars. There are two short trails on either side of the road. We first explored the trail on the northern side of the road where we parked.

After walking around the red gate, we had two choices: there was a wide path to the left and to the right. We first followed the path to the left, which starts off promising as it looks like it follows along an old road, but this essentially leads to nowhere. So we turned around and walked the other way. We had better luck on this path and after a few hundred metres, it leads to a decommissioned quarry.

Afterwards we walked back to the road. We crossed to the other side and found the other trail a few hundred feet up the road. The path loops through the forest and is relatively flat and wide.

Along the path we passed a Nature Conservancy monument. The Nature Conservancy of Canada, along with Ontario Parks, worked together to secure Clear Creek Forest and turned it into a provincial nature reserve.

After walking through some tall grass, the trail comes out to the road where there’s another sign to indicate that this is the Clear Creek Forest. We walked a few hundred metres along the road to get back to the parking lot. We definitely had to do a tick patrol afterwards.

We hopped back in the car and headed towards Port Burwell to continue our road trip around Lake Erie.

L

My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here

37 thoughts on “Clear Creek Forest Provincial Park

  1. Ab says:

    Looks like a lovely visit to Clear Creek, another park I haven’t heard of.

    So cool about the 300 year old beech tree. It really puts into perspective we’re only here for a blip of time on this planet compared to nature!

    I miss summer but doing tick patrol is definitely one thing I do not miss. It seems the situation gets worse every year!

    Look forward to reading more about your Lake Erie adventures!

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  2. kagould17 says:

    The NCC does good work. They also secured our Bunchberry and I made sure they were on my Christmas donation list. Clear Creek looks like a great forest to walk in. I like the paths that tend to become overgrown as the year progresses. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Allan

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It’s amazing how much land across Canada the NCC has been able to acquire and help conserve. The NCC has been helped create most (if not all) new provincial parks over the past couple of decades in Ontario. We donate to them every year as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your week. Linda

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Clear Creek Forest is considered a nature reserve and is a non-operating park. It’s not well marked and my guess is that it doesn’t get too many visitors. It was still nice to visit, learn about its history, and explore the trails. Thankfully we didn’t find any ticks!

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It’s neat to see how the landscape and terrain in Ontario is so different in the south (where Lake Erie is located) compared to the north. There are lots of sandy beaches and wetlands along Lake Erie, which make it the perfect place to visit during the summer.

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  3. Meg says:

    This is a wonderful looking place! Now that winter is coming it’s a real treat looking at all the greenery and interesting paths… 🙂

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      I was surprised to learn that the NCC has helped create most (if not all) new provincial parks in Ontario over the past couple of decades. They do great work. So far we’ve never had any issues with ticks, but we’ve heard they’ve been getting worse every year in Ontario due to climate change. So we usually try to do a tick check whenever we hike.

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  4. ourcrossings says:

    Mother Nature has blessed us with some truly marvellous creations and given that trees are one of the oldest living organisms on Earth you have to admire their tenacity and strength in overcoming the adverse elements of wind, rain, snow, and extreme heat. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Trees are pretty amazing. It’s incredible how long they can live when us humans don’t interfere too much. It’s great that we have a few nature reserves in Ontario where their main focus is on conservation. Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your week. Linda

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks for your kind words. It was such a beautiful day to spend outdoors hiking and it’s always great to have some shade coverage from the trees. We’ve never had any issues with ticks either, but we hear that they are getting worse every year. So yes, better to be safe than sorry.

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