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A winter wonderland

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This blog is the first in a series that will celebrate the Oak Ridges Moraine and engage readers in the upcoming review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Learn more about the moraine and plan review by visiting marvellousmoraine.ca.

The Oak Ridges Moraine is a winter wonderland filled with breath-taking vistas, cold-hardy wildlife and communities, and numerous recreational opportunities. While some of us are lucky enough to live right on the moraine, the rest of us can access it easily.


You can almost hear the crunch of snow beneath your feet when viewing this image of a snow-covered farm in King City, York Region. The moraine, which is part of the Greenbelt, is a working landscape that supports small and large farms, businesses and communities of all sizes. Photograph by Art Hindle.

The Winter Feed

Elaine Uskoski feeds and watches birds at her home in Caledon, Peel Region. The moraine is home to 118 species of breeding birds, some of which are year-round residents (like this northern cardinal) while others are migratory.

Dianne Soehner

The moraine is a unique geological landform created through glaciation 12,000 years ago. This winter landscape image, taken in the Hamlet of Raglan, just north of Oshawa in Durham Region, is classic moraine. Photograph by Dianne Soehner.

First Snow

This image is of the first snow fall in Albion Hills Conservation Area in Peel Region. Winter recreationists can enjoy hiking, snowshoeing and x-country snowing here and elsewhere on the moraine. Photograph by Gaetano Antonini.

Braving the Storm

Horses in Peel Region brave a winter storm, appearing to long for spring and the green pastures that accompany it. The rolling hills and meadows of the moraine make it a popular place for horse farms and riding. Photograph by Gary Hall.


Evelyn Schmitz-Hertzberg takes a break from skiing to capture a moraine moon in Richmond Hill.

Don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying the moraine this winter. Dress warmly and explore this gem of a landscape! And don’t forget to share your experiences with us by submitting photos, poems and art work to the ‘Marvel at the Moraine’ contest!

Learn more about the Oak Ridges Moraine’s ecology, geology, recreation opportunities and conservation plan in this ON Nature article.

This blog is written by Joyce Chau, executive director at EcoSpark.

EcoSpark is part of the Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership for 2015, which promotes the appreciation of the Oak Ridges Moraine and engagement in the upcoming review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Other partnership members include Earthroots, Ontario Nature and STORM coalition. Learn more and get involved by visiting marvellousmoraine.org.


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