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Kerncliff Park Scene

Kerncliff Park
Information

Kerncliff Park is a unique and beautiful park site located on the Niagara Escarpment with magnificent views of the City and Lake Ontario. This environmentally based park has been developed to emphasize its natural beauty for the people of Burlington to enjoy.

This property was originally the site of the Nelson Quarry which ceased operations approximately 30 years ago. Since that time the site has been used by local residents for informal recreation such as hiking and exploration.

The park has been undergoing a phased restoration and development plan which has included the stabilization of the quarry walls, creation of boardwalks across the wetland environments, and walkways through the Carolinian Forest with a connection to the Bruce Trail.

Visitor Activities

hiking icon Hiking
parking icon Parking
wildlife viewing icon Wildlife Viewing
washroom icon Washrooms

GPS Coordinates

43.348, -79.859

Kerncliff Park
History

Kerncliff Park is located on the Niagara Escarpment in Burlington. The park is about 40 acres in size, and as noted in the Niagara Escarpment Plan (June 1, 2005) includes a Provincially Significant Earth Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) and a Regionally Significant Life Science ANSI.  Classed within the Plan as a passive recreation park with interpretive facilities including a trail network to take advantage of the natural features and lookouts, this park offers magnificent views of the City of Burlington and Lake Ontario.

  • 1980s: The former site of the Nelson Quarry ceased operations and became the City of Burlington’s first environmental park. A tremendous amount of rehabilitation had to be undertaken by the City including: stabilizing the quarry walls, building boardwalks across wetlands, constructing washrooms, a parking lot and a pavilion, replanting native species and developing trails through the forest linking with the Bruce Trail.
  • October 25, 2005: The Aggregate Producers Association of Ontario presented the City of Burlington with a Bronze Plaque Award for Kerncliff Park. This award had been established in 1975 to recognize state-of-the-art pit or quarry rehabilitation. The rehabilitation must be compatible with the surrounding landscape, and demonstrate outstanding design, rehabilitation and ongoing site management. The Park was created from the former quarry site with the assistance and dedication of local groups and volunteers.
  • Today: Kerncliff Park demonstrates that extraction can be an interim land use and that land rehabilitation can be effective at creating green space. This park demonstrates the concept of sustainability.

 

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Gray Catbird
(Dumetella carolinensis)

Gray Catbird

As its name suggests the call of the Gray Catbird sounds like the meowing of a cat. They are found in dense shrub thickets, hedgerows and scrubby areas.

Grey Catbirds build their cup nests deep within thick shrub tangles and they strongly defend their nesting territories. These birds feed on the ground and in shrubs and small trees, eating a variety of insects and other invertebrates, as well as berries.

The Gray Catbird is a common summer resident in Halton Region.

Source: Wikipedia
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White Ash
(Fraxinus americana)

White Ash

The White Ash is a large tree growing to heights of 15 to 24 metres. It is moderately shade-tolerant, moderately fast-growing and moderately long-lived with some trees occasionally reaching 200 years of age.

Locally, White Ash grows with Sugar Maple, and in various combinations with Bitternut Hickory, Basswood, Beech, Bigtooth Aspen, Black Cherry, Ironwood, Red Oak, White Cedar, White Birch and White Elm.

Deer browse on twigs and leaves of White Ash; the seeds are food for squirrels, small mammals and some bird species.

Source: Wikipedia
(Reviewed for accuracy)

Salamander Run

Salamander Run

Salamander Run is a frogger-style interactive game starring Jeff. Guide Jeff through a series of obstacles, and help him find food along the way.

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Trail Blazer Challenge

Trail Blazer Challenge

Enjoy playing this interactive challenge and test how much you've learned about the Escarpment in Halton Region.

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Help Bruce the Beaver Find His Lodge

Help Bruce the Beaver Find His Lodge

Help Bruce the Beaver get home to his family, and don't forget to pick up some supplies along the way!

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Plants & Animals Wordsearch

Jeff's Home: Plants & Animals Word Search

Learn about plants and animals on the Escarpment in this downloadable wordsearch.

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