Bear Creek Wetlands
In Ontario, Canada
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Welcome to the Bear Creek Wetlands....
In order to enjoy all that this wetland offers, we recommend you park at the end of Elizabeth Street and enjoy the short walk to the cache location. Alternatively, parking is available on the adjacent side streets.
We strongly advise all cachers not to park on the Ferndale Drive through way!
This beautiful piece of property, located in the City of Barrie’s South end, serves as a host to a multitude of flora and fauna. This wetland, also known as the Ferndale swamp is a provincially significant wetland and important ecosystem.
As many of you know “wetlands” have often been described as the kidneys of the landscape. This is mainly due to the role they play in water and chemical cycles of the environment.
Wetlands filter out sediment and pollution from the surrounding environment so that the water they discharge is cleaner than when it initially entered. In this manner, wetlands act as both a sink and source, storing and passing on vital resources to their local environment. Wetlands also function as “ecotones”, which are transitions between different habitats, and have characteristics of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Because wetlands occur at the interface of a body of water and the land, they are examples of boundary ecosystems.
Speaking of boundaries, this area has had its own fair share of them.
As a condition of approval for the controversial extension of Ferndale Drive through the provincially significant Bear Creek Wetland, The City of Barrie had to agree to replenish the wetland habitat it removed in order to extend the four-lane north-south artery.
As a result, a two-year project was designed which included almost $450,000 in storm water management pond upgrades, and the establishment of a $300,000 ecopark, which had to include walking trails and a floating boardwalk through the beaver pond.
Explorers to this ecopark will discover that a boardwalk joins the two ends of the walking path, essentially taking them right through this active wetland.
As one wanders through this naturalized area one cannot help but notice the abundance of life around them.
Another lovely attraction of this ecopark is its beautiful butterfly garden. The garden will feature plants like; Milkweed, Purple Coneflower, daylilies and Joe Pye Weed.
Just south of this wetland one will notice an upgraded pond. This pond functions more like a strainer so the runoff can be filtered down through the soils, rather than just be accumulated in a collection area. In the event that the ponds water level rises too much, an overflow mechanism, located near the east end of the pond would automatically divert its excess into the wetland.
Please remember to bring you own writing instrument and place back exactly where you found it!
Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:34:20 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:34 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum