Guide to nature and landscape photography locations in Ontario


Backus Woods, near Port Rowan

Canada's best example of Carolinian Forest


Photographic Potential:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Natural History Diversity: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Photo Features:

Geo: undulating sand ridges, but otherwise, geologically unremarkable

Bio:     With over 1700ha of tulip trees, black gum, sassafras, maples, beeches and various hickory species, this is Canada's prime example of mature Carolinian deciduous forest; moist ground cover communities of ferns, scouring rushes, club mosses and mushrooms; spectacular bird migrations in spring and autumn

Water: Ephemeral ponds, small clear Dendrich Creek  


Facilities: Three parking lots, free

Access: Many km of wide, well-marked trails compliments of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation; some narrower trails

Winter Access: Easily accessible at all times of year

Notes: This is a beautiful example of a mature forest with some of the tallest trees east of the Rocky Mountains. A variety of habitats means there is much to see and photograph, centred around this primarily deciduous, Carolinian forest, the largest remnant in Canada. Beware of the very busy times around the spring and autumn bird migration.

Hazards & Precautions: Cyclists; poison ivy

Additional Information (links open in a new window):

  •  Blog Entry

  •  Nature Conservancy of Canada: Backus Woods

  •  Backus Woods Trail Map (jpg)


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