Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, Bradford, ON, Canada
Driving time from Barrie
Species of flora and fauna
For access to the trailheads, enter at the park’s main entrance off Line 9. For easier access to the dog park, enter at the Bark Park entrance on County Road 4 and Yonge Street. If you like your run here or think you’ll be back with your #adventuredog, look into a family pass or dog park pass that gets you unlimited parking and access.
Pick your trail loop
There are four main trail loops that all converge at the trailhead by the main entrance. Choose from the Kingfisher (3km), Sugar Maple (1.5km), Evergreen (2.5km) or Chickadee (2.8km) loop. Start with the Kingfisher Loop for the most varied terrain and scenery. Keep an eye out for viewing platforms along the way, where you can stop to catch your breath and check out the marsh and reservoirs below.
Spot some wildlife
Though it’s technically located just north of the Holland Marsh, Scanlon Creek is still pretty swampy. Get a bird’s eye view of the marsh from Kingfisher Loop, or run through it on the boardwalks and floating bridges. Make sure to keep an eye out for the frogs, ducks, blue herons and other park residents.
Bring your bestie
Bark Park on the west side of the conservation area is a large off-leash dog park, so make a pit stop here after your run if you’ve brought along a furry friend. This park is a great place to meet other dog-owners who love to get outside.
Take in some history
As you cool down from your sweaty run, you can learn more about the history and biology of the region. Check out the arboretum to learn about the different types of trees you’ve been getting some shade from in the park or look out for the relics from the old gristmill that was built by the Scanlon family in the 1820s.