Donated by Maurice and Janet Foster in 2009, the Foster Parkland and Walking Trails is the only conservancy property with walking trails complimented by interpretive signs. This property was the original home of the hiking trails before they expanded onto the adjacent Boyer Preserve, which is where the trailhead is now. The portion of the trails on this property has a series of interpretive signs to teach you able to the local flora. This property has perhaps the most diverse forest ecosystem of any of the conservancy’s property despite its small size. It has more recorded tree and shrub species than any other property. This rich forest habitat supports a great deal of wildlife; many species of songbirds, woodpeckers and birds of prey, nine species of amphibians (despite a lack of permanent water sources) and a large population of snowshoe hare and other rodents.

The trails are a moderate hike, with some brief, but steep inclines and many rocky portions. As long as you take your time and watch your step, you should have no problem completing your hike.

The trails provide access to a variety of scenic lookouts, including a great look at the Portlock Flats at the north end of the trails and Lake Huron at the south end.

Dogs are allowed on the trails, but MUST BE LEASHED AT ALL TIMES. Please pick up after your dog as well.

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Foster Parkland and Walking Trails characteristics

Length: 3.5 km of looped trails
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible.
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet.

Amenities: None

Attractions: Interpretive signage, scenic lookouts

Kensington Conservancy Phone: 705-782-2200

Find it: The Kensington Conservation Centre at 69 Boyer Drive in Desbarats.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 46.3423500
Longitude: -83.9201960