TINY MARSH PROVINCIAL WILDLIFE AREA
COVID-19 NOTICE: Parking lots at the Tiny Marsh Nature Interpretive Centre and the Main Dyke are closed. The boardwalk is closed. Tiny Marsh remains open for walkthrough access only. Under Ontario’s Emergency Declaration individuals must maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from others. Gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited.
Note that the 2 metre rule applies everywhere - parking lots, trails & boardwalk. If you are on a narrow trail or boardwalk & others are coming toward you, back up & pass safely. Do not use benches & picnic tables. All buildings are closed. Do not touch door handles. Dogs are to be leashed or responsive to immediate recall. Do not touch other people’s dogs.
Located northwest of the thriving community of Elmvale, Ontario, the Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area is an internationally recognized Important Bird Area and a 'must see' for any outdoor enthusiast. A series of trails follow the dikes through the marsh and wind through the shrubs and forest communities.
A boardwalk, an observation tower and a viewing mound provide vantage points from which to view a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Two hundred and fifty species of birds have been observed at Tiny Marsh. Ospreys nest here, as do eleven species of ducks and provincially and/or nationally rare bird species such as the Least Bittern and the Black Tern.
Several species of rare plants have been documented. Occasional visitors have included the Great Grey Owl and the Prothonotory Warbler who are both unusual sightings visitors in our region. Hunting success at the marsh is high due to the large flocks of migrating waterfowl common to the area. The marsh is also a magnet for photographers due to its many interesting creatures and beautiful scenery.
This area is a popular destination for educational institutions and interpretive groups that can host programs which in turn which in turn foster an understanding and appreciation for preserving natural areas for future generations to enjoy.