Nature Trails near Ayr, Ontario

Ayr is a village in the amalgamated community of North Dumfries.

The history of North Dumfries is closely tied to that of the old City of Galt, now part of the City of Cambridge, Ontario. Galt was founded on the east bank of the Grand River by Absalom Shade on behalf of William Dickson of Niagara (Dickson was originally from Dumfries in Scotland). This new Town was located in the heart of Dumfries Township in the Gore District.

What is now North Dumfries originally formed the north half of Dumfries Township, hence the current name. With the introduction of the county system in the mid-nineteenth century, Dumfries was split between the new Waterloo and Brant Counties. The remaining southern half of the old Dumfries Township is now South Dumfries in Brant County. At about the same time Dumfries Township was divided, the City of Galt was extracted from it as an autonomous municipality within the new Waterloo County. Though the two municipalities (Galt and North Dumfries) were now technically separated from one another, their histories are tightly interwoven as the township nearly envelopes what was then Galt.

Some of Ontario's best hiking trails and nature trails are near Ayr.

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The Bannister and Wrigley Lake area consists of two small lakes (50 hectares) with well-developed aquatic, marsh, willow-dogwood thickets and nearby deciduous forest communities. They collectively provide diverse for migratory and breeding birds, especially waterfowl...


The FWR Dickson Wilderness Area is a large natural area that includes two small lakes, wetlands, tall-grass prairie, forests and willow-dogwood thickets. It provides habitat for a variety of birds. It is on Brant-Waterloo Road, west of Spragues Road (Waterloo Regional...


Pinehurst Lake, a 9-hectare (23-acre) kettle lake is surrounded by a Carolinian Forest offering visitors a great place to camp, swim, picnic, hike, fish and paddle. In the winter it has snowshoeing and ice-fishing. Park info The park is open from April 30 to Oct. 16...