McLaren's Creek Seen From the Boardwalk
In all seasons, the Ken Reid Conservation Area is a wonderful place to visit. With a beach, picnic area, Howler’s Corners off-leash park and plenty of trails, it has something to offer all activity levels. Though it is just on the northern edge of Lindsay, Ken Reid is home to much biodiversity and has a lot to offer nature enthusiasts. It seems like every visit to Ken Reid brings something new. Its boardwalks are home to very friendly chickadees—you can feed them out of your hand and it’s evident that many people do! There is always something interesting to see from the McLaren’s Creek Bridge. You never know what is around the next corner…
A Pleasant Outing
A beautiful day for a walk on McLaren’s Creek. Many snowmobilers venture from the rail trail out onto Sturgeon Lake.
A Colourful View of the Beach and Sturgeon Lake late in the day, looking past the Isaac Reid Memorial Rock
A mossy pile, one of the many that once supported the McLaren’s Creek Bridge.
A Quiet Moment
An artist sketching by the bridge over McLaren’s Creek.
Is that a cedar knot, or a crocodile’s eye?
A female yellow warbler.
A chickadee pauses for a moment on a cedar spray…
Before long it is time to take off, chickadees do not pause for long.
A Friendly Visit
The chickadees are so friendly, they often come right up to visit. A chickadee taking off from its perch atop of ski-poles.
A cedar trunk that looks rather like a gargoyle.
Sunset over the McLaren’s Creek Bridge
Doesn’t it look like a fairy might live in this cedar stump?
For February 2023, Ken Reid Conservation Area was featuring Love Bright, a romantic lighted forest.
The lighted forest creates a golden glow.
It seems like there is always something to see from the lookout over McLaren’s Creek.
Red osier dogwood flowers.
McLaren’s Creek as seen from the lookout.
The ever-popular boardwalk.
Sunset from the Boardwalk
Looking out towards McLaren’s Creek from the Boardwalk at Sunset on a Winter Evening.
Under the Bridge
The bridge over Nogies Creek as seen from below.
On a cold winter’s day, the pine needles along the way look almost blueish…
Sunset over McLaren's Creek
A winter sunset over McLaren’s Creek, with a snowmobile track in the foreground.
Looking east over McLaren’s Creek at sunset.
A trumpeter swan wading out into Sturgeon Lake
Swans on Sturgeon Lake
A pair of Trumpeter Swans swimming on Sturgeon Lake at Sunset
A Green Frog hopping near a hiking trail
Face to Face
Face to Face with a Green Frog
Through the Cedars
Cedar trees illuminated at sunset
Sunset over McLaren's Creek
Sunset over McLaren’s Creek on a Stormy Night
Watching the Storm
Watching the storm come in from the lookout over McLaren’s Creek
Red Banded Polypore
And the sap oozing from this pine knot looks almost like the tree is weeping.
Paper birch bark is always unique.
We see them every day, but rarely stop to appreciate the intricacy of sumac drupes. In some countries they are used to produce spices and dyes.
Sun setting over McLaren’s Creek, means we’ll have to come back another day.
A trumpeter swan near the mouth of McLaren’s Creek.
A cyclist near the bridge over Nogies Creek.
A Blue Heron landing on McLaren’s Creek.
A trumpeter swan that likes to stand on one foot.