Monday, 16 September 2013

Fletcher Creek: A cool place for a cool day

 Fletcher Creek Ecological Preserve is a hidden gem located at the northern edge of the Hamilton watershed. With temperatures cooling off this time of year, it is the perfect time to walk, run or bike through the trails at the Fletcher Creek Ecological Preserve.  The old quarry offers a unique piece of history that is tucked away amongst the trees and plants.  The picturesque back drop of the quarry and crystal clear quarry ponds is fabulous for those who enjoy photography.


Once you hit the trails and start to explore you soon realize Fletcher Creek has more to offer then just trails. Fletcher Creek is the home to Hamilton’s’ only Fen. This one of a kind Eco System produces some really special plants. Two interesting carnivorous plants I happen to come across while I was exploring were: the Pitcher plant – (Sarracenia purpurea) and the round leaved Sundew -  (Drosera rotundifolia)
Pitcher plant – (Sarracenia purpurea) 

Round leaved Sundew - (Drosera rotundifolia

Fletcher Creek Ecological Preserve is a precious property that needs to be enjoyed, cherished and protected for many generations to come.  Grab your sweater, hiking shoes and come enjoy a cool place on a cool day.

Liam Fletcher
Valens Lake Conservation Area

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