Discover The Magic of the Marsh

Wild Neighbourhood Hike

90 – 120 minutes

10am – 3pm

Registration required: 

Registration Spots every 15 minutes

Suitable for Adults, Teens and Families

After dropping by the registration desk to get your pocket guide, you will walk the trails at your own pace and visit the several stations positioned around the trails at McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. 

Friends of Second Marsh “Event Interpreters” will be at each station to tell you about a particular topic of interest below.

First Nations History and Land Acknowledgement

Learn about the rich and deep history of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

What is a Marsh?

Learn about how Wetlands are a key part of our  natural ecosystem.

Wild Neighbours

Who lives here and how can humans ensure that wildlife thrives here?

Nature Walk

60 minutes

11am-12:00pm & 1:30-2:30 pm

Registration required:

Registration Spots morning & afternoon

Suitable for Adults and Teens

After dropping by the registration desk, you will be escorted to a quiet forest trail where you will be led through a walking meditation (10min). This experience is inspired by “Nature Bathing” which comes from a Japanese concept called shinrin-yoku, meaning “forest bathing” or “relaxing in a forest atmosphere.”

Photography Hike

6o minutes

9:30-10:30am & 3:00-4:00 pm

Registration required: 

Registration Spots morning & afternoon

Suitable for Adults and Teens

After dropping by the registration desk, you be escorted on your hike by an experienced Outdoor Photographer.  Focus will be on outdoor and plant photography.  Be ready to snap a photo of our wild neighbours who may be curious about who is visiting the trail.

Photography Contest

Post photos from your visit on event day on your social media with hashtag #MagicoftheMarsh to be entered into our photo competition. Follow the link at the top of the page for details.

Sponsors and Donors

Logo for TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Logo for Urban Nature Store

Partners and Collaborators

General Motors Logo
Oshawa Museum logo
logo for leave no trace