In this weeks trail of the week we are bringing you to Crawford Lake Conservation Area! This conservation area is in Milton and was such a pleasant surprise. It has a stunning nature boardwalk around a rare turquoise lake.
1️⃣ This conservation area is the perfect spot for a day hike (and great for those instagrammable photos). It’s most popular trail is the Crawford Lake trail which is a 1km boardwalk trail that takes you all the way around Crawford Lake. It also has 5 additional trails that take you through the area, onto part of the Bruce trail, and one that even connects to Rattlesnake Point (currently closed due to lockdown restrictions).
2️⃣ Crawford Lake itself is a rarity – it’s a meromictic lake! The lake is deeper than it’s surface area which means that the lower lake water does not end up mixing with the more shallow lake water (this is not very common in lakes). It also has very little oxygen the deeper you go.
3️⃣ Because of the meromictic lake, researchers found ancient corn pollen in the sediment of the lake that had been undisturbed. In 1973 this led to the excavation of a 15th century Iroquoian village. They discovered 11 longhouses and over 10,000 artefacts. The conservation area is now home to a reconstructed Iroquoian village where you can learn all about what life was like over 600 years ago.
4️⃣ Know before you go: due to lockdown, you MUST reserve a spot to visit this conservation area. Reservations are in 2 hour increments and are based on trust that you will exit the park when your time slot is over. There are also signs throughout the trails indicating if the path is 1 way or 2 way traffic. Last but not least, make sure to bring bug repellant with you and stay on the trails to avoid encounters with ticks!
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