• Slider Image
  • Slider Image
  • Slider Image

Now Open!

Looking to add some décor to your home? Looking for a unique Christmas/Holiday gift? Do you want to support an environmental organization? We may have something for you. Friends of Second Marsh is holding a virtual silent auction opening Monday, November 29th (9:00 am) and closing Friday, December 3rd (5:00 pm). Items will only be available for pick up in Courtice or Newcastle. Please adhere to minimum bids posted for each item. Payment for successful bidders will be through PayPal. All proceeds raised will go to support programs and projects of Friends of Second Marsh. Thank you to all the donors of our virtual silent auction. Good luck! Click the button to head to the silent auction page.

The SECOND MARSH WILDLIFE AREA is a 123 ha coastal wetland located in the southeast portion of Oshawa, (Regional Municipality of Durham), Ontario, Canada.  The combination of Second Marsh with the adjacent areas of McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Darlington Provincial Park represents nearly 400 hectares, one of the largest publicly accessible waterfront spaces available in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  It is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in a major urban center, and is unique in being the largest remaining wetland in the GTA.
The Second Marsh Wildlife Area is host to marsh, swamp, wet meadows, a barrier beach and woodlot habitats.  Within the Marsh, you will find sedges and cattails as well as thickets and open water.  At the north end of the Marsh, a swamp and wet forest known as the Ghost Road Bush provides additional food and cover for certain wildlife.  Together, with wet meadows and the surrounding uplands, this dynamic ecosystem supports a rich and diverse wildlife community.  These habitats provide food and cover for over 380 plant species, 305 bird species, numerous species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and hundreds of species of insects.
Second Marsh is not only the largest remaining urban wetland in the GTA but the largest between the Niagara Peninsula and Presqu’ile as well.