Fish Point

This provincial Nature Reserve is a sand spit, similar in formation to Point Pelee, and another great place to see songbirds during migration, both in the. interior woodlands and along the edges. There is a trail that goes to the tip. Along the way there is a viewing platform in Fox Pond to the east.

The forest of this part of the trail is dominated by Common Hackberry, along with a few other tree species including Black Oak, Sugar Maple and the endangered Red Mulberry. During the spring there is a great show of Trilliums and other woodland wildflowers here.

Just past Fox Pond there is a trail to the west that goes to the west beach; the trail straight south may be difficult to get through due to the common occurrence of wind thrown trees; the point is a very dynamic habitat!

At the beach one can go further south to the tip. Along the way there is a diversity of beach plants specific to this habitat, such as Clammyweed, Trailing Wild Bean and Sand Dropseed. Along the edge of the woodland one can see Hop Trees, host plant for the Giant Swallowtail, very thorny Honey Locusts, and Red Cedar, as well as its relative, the shrubby Common Juniper. This is where Redbud (Cercis canadensis) was recorded in 1892 by the Dominion Botanist (John Macoun), the only place in Canada where it ever occurred naturally. There are no longer any naturally occurring Redbuds, but it is widely planted around the island.

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