Visit Thickson’s Woods.

From Highway 401 in Whitby, Ontario, take Thickson Road south past Wentworth Street to the Waterfront Trail. Turn east (left) 100 metres to a small turnaround. Enter the woods at a walkway through the fence on the south side of the Waterfront Trail. Follow the trails through the woods, some of which access the Lake Ontario shore. To view the beaver pond and Corbett Creek Marsh continue about 100 metres past the entrance to the woods. The meadow is across the Waterfront Trail immediately north of the woods.

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Thickson’s Woods characteristics

Length: approximately 1 km.
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: none

Flora & Fauna:

Guarding the entrance to Thickson’s Woods is one of the oldest hop hornbeams in southern Ontario.
Blue beech, a Carolinean species, never grows tall, but adds a delicate element to the understory with its striped bark and bulging growth contours that to some people look like muscles.
Black cherry is a common hardwood throughout the woods, distinguished by its curling black bark.
Around the marsh perimeter and on low, wet floodplains huge old silver poplars thrive. Look for warblers and orioles among their branches early in spring when the catkins are opening.
Red-eyed Vireos and Wood Thrushes nest in the understory shrubs in the woods–a mix of mountain maple, wild black currant and chokecherry. Carolina Wrens, a southern species on the northern edge of their range, have nested in Thickson’s Woods since they first arrived late in the 1980s.

Amenities: none

Attractions: none

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GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 43.8535910
Longitude: -78.8983770