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One generation's pit is another generation's nature preserve.
A small, but not-so-hidden gem located in the eastern portion of the Cataraqui watershed, Lyn Valley Conservation Area may be Cataraqui Conservation's smallest conservation property, but on a per capita basis is one of its most popular, thanks to its well marked and pristine nature trail, the impressive rocky outcrops and outlooks, as well as the cool clear water and beachfront that draws in hundreds of visitors and nature lovers each year.
Although a quiet and picturesque winter wonderland, and an ideal locale for a peaceful, placed fall walk, Lyn Valley Conservation truly comes alive when the temperature of the air and water make the temptation to go for a swim the perfect excuse for a short road trip to Leeds and the Thousand Islands.
Much like Gould Lake Conservation Area, Lyn Valley is a wonder of nature's power for self-restoration and self healing after being the home of an expansive 19th century gravel pit. For several years, heavy machinery scraped and hollowed out the ground for the raw gravel, which was used to help construct the rail beds for the now defunct Westport-Brockville spur of the Canadian National Railway.
Decades later, the Lyn Pit as it became known, also provided raw material used for the construction of the eastern Ontario portion of Highway 401. Since the 1960s, its transformation into a natural playground and community outdoor recreation destination has been remarkable, particularly since the purchase of the sand and gravel pit and surrounding lands from Elizabethtown Township by Cataraqui Conservation in 1973 and many years of subsequent conservation efforts.
Shared By: Ali Ryder