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Morris Tract

Operating Dates Legend

Beginning June 1, backcountry camping and day-use will be permitted in non-operating provincial parks and conservation reserves where these activities are normally available. Party size must not exceed the limit set out under the emergency order in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Facilities and Activities summary

Before you visit: check what facilities/activities are available and pack what you need (e.g. water, snacks, mask/face covering, and hand sanitizer). Postpone your visit if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been asked to isolate.

Please note winter activities are weather dependent, please check the Ontario Parks Ski Report or local weather forecasts for snow conditions.

When you visit: Continue to follow public health advice including practicing physical distancing by keeping at least two metres from others, wearing a face covering where required, when physical distancing may be a challenge or not possible and when entering indoor public spaces, and wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.


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What You'll Like:

Just East of Goderich, Ontario, lies the Morris Tract Provincial Nature Reserve. This 58 ha upland forest is an area of steep valleys and fertile river bottom that fronts on the Maitland River. In the sheltered valley microclimates, trees common further south, such as Sycamore, are found alongside the typical Maple, Hickory and Beech of Southern Ontario. The forest and river valley support 21 distinct plant communities, including 14 species of plants classified as provincially rare. It is a haven for birds that need large expanses of mature trees to nest, such as Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Scarlet Tangiers and Red bellied Woodpeckers. The damp woods support reptiles and amphibians including the elusive Queen Snake and Pickerel Frog. The Nature Conservancy and local community groups have worked co-operatively to purchase and establish this area as a provincial nature reserve.

Park Facilities and Activities: Access to the Morris Tract is provided from a parking lot at 36833 Londesboro Rd. From here you can follow a trail down through towering trees to the Maitland River Valley. This area is also accessible to hikers on the Maitland Valley Trail from both Goderich to the west and Benmiller to the east.

Location: East of Goderich to 36833 Londesboro Road.

General Information
(519) 243-2220
Size: 58.70 ha
Year established: 1997
Park Classification: Nature Reserve
Pinery Provincial Park RR#2
Grand Bend
N0M 1T0

Tread Lightly. Nature Reserve