Home to over 900 wildlife and plant species, the Stony Swamp is a diverse and beautiful wetland and park. It is currently classified as a significant wetland and a Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. The Stony Swamp is part of the Greenbelt and offer the most trails of any property on the Greenbelt.
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Across the Stony Swamp, many trails are connected including the Trans Canada Trail, the Rideau Trail, and the Lime Kiln Trail through the Green Belt. The trails allow for visitors to snowshoe, ski, bike, and hike around a naturally diverse climate. The largest trail attached to the Stony Swamp is called Old Quarry and Stony Swamp Trail Loop. It stretches across 13.7 km of terrain and gives visitors the opportunity to see all kinds of nature and wildlife up close.
Wild Bird Care Centre
Within the swamp, there is a bird care centre to help heal injured or ill birds. The centre is open to the public and allows for people to observe the birds that are being cared for. There is a hospital and incubation area that visitors can look at to see how the birds are treated.
Wetlands are a prominent feature of this protected area and as a result, the Stony Swamp is home to over 700 species of plants and 250 types of rare birds. The Swamp also welcomes a sugar maple clearing and many at risk species that need to be protected. Several trails within the swamp house beaver ponds just off of an observation dock.