With 5 kilometres of trails around this precious marshland habitat, Hillman Marsh is adjacent to Lake Erie and features walking trails, a nature centre, washrooms and viewing towers. A birding trail borders 87 acres of unique Shorebird Habitat where water levels are actively managed to create mudflats, providing outstanding viewing opportunities. These amenities are all accessed from the main entrance.

Witnessing migration activity at the Shorebird Celebration in May is one of the highlights in the Place for LIfe. The diverse habitats of Hillman Marsh attract and support marsh, shore and field birds such as herons, egrets, terns, songbirds and ducks as well as a nesting pair of Bald Eagles. Over one hundred species of birds use Hillman as a migration stopover which draws sandpipers, ducks, warblers and frequently spotted annual rarities such as the Yellow-headed Blackbird, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Eurasian Wigeon, Glossy Ibis and Eastern Kingbird.

The nature centre is open at limited times during the spring with excellent educational displays about flora and fauna typical to the area. This is one of the Conservation Areas used to educate students from across the region about conserving our environment through ERCA’s Outdoor Education Program.

Entry fee to Hillman Marsh Conservation Area is $6 per car payable at the self-serve entry gate to help offset the costs of conservation.


    Amenities

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    Washrooms


    Activities

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Canoeing

    Canoeing & Kayaking

  • Fishing

    Fishing

  • Hiking

    Hiking

  • Hunting

    Hunting

  • Camera

    Photography

  • Picnic

    Picnicking

  • Swimming

    Swimming

  • Cross Country

    X-Country Skiing