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Choose Your Own Adventure: Exploring Ontario Nature’s Nature Reserves

Sydenham River Nature Reserve; Credit: Smera Sukumar

Ontario Nature’s 25 nature reserves have a lot to offer explorers in southern and eastern Ontario. I’ve crafted the following dichotomous key (a field guide tool that helps identify unknown organisms) to help you decide which of our nature reserves to visit this summer.

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Toronto’s Hidden Gem: Rouge National Park

Deer in Reesor Wetland, Credit: Jim Robb

Deer in Reesor Wetland, Credit: Jim Robb

The Rouge National Park is the 79.1 km2 of publicly owned land that surrounds the Rouge River. This park is situated in close proximity to 20 percent of Canada’s population and is home to more than 1,700 species of flora and fauna.

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Hike for health and happiness

Thornton Bales, Photo by Kavita Dogra

Thornton Bales, photo by Kavita Dogra

We all lead busy lives and it feels like there is never enough time to get outside and enjoy nature. More often than not, I fall into this category. And in the little spare time I have, I am often buried in a list of chores. But over the Thanksgiving long weekend, I decided it was time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall colours. Sunshine, fresh air and a canopy of orange, red and yellow – nature did not disappoint.

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