Nokiidaa Trail Link, The Observation Deck Is Up

Nokiidaa Trail Link, The Observation Deck Is Up

Apr 18, 2011
For those who do not have chance to follow progress of the Nokiidaa Trail Link through the marsh I though I post few images. This is also a follow up from previous post about the work in progress, Nokiidaa Trail Link Through the McKenzie Marsh Work in Progress. The main part of the link, the boardwalk seems to be almost done. Looks great, and we have the observation deck. I am surprised that the railing is ‘horizontally planked’, and does not match the current boardwalk on the St. John’s side road.

Nokiidaa Trail Link Boardwalk

As the McKenzie Marsh from St. John’s sideroad has landmark tree where usually cormorants rest, this one will have one too. It is always nice to see something that stands out. I wonder what bird will be the priority occupant of that three.

Nokiidaa Trail Link - Landmark Tree

On Sunday, I took pictures from the Hadley Grange and St. John’s sideroad intersection. I was at the peak overlooking the whole marsh. I am sure everyone noticed high winds this weekend. I had to discard many images, as the wind was really blowing me away and I ended up with many blurred images.

Nokiidaa Trail Link - An Observation Deck

Despite of cold weathers and constructions activity, birds are very active in the marsh – flying over and also playing in the water, something I wouldn’t do in the cold weather like that. I don’t see much of a variety from that far, but Canada Goose seems to be taking over.

The next step is probably to find out what is going beyond the boardwalk – closer to the Newmarket trail. Right now it looks like mess – piles of dirt. The soil must be very healthy there, as every time I see it it looks really dark, as close as the one on Holland Marsh. I hope all this dirt moving is not for the parking lot, it would be such a shame.

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Anna Lozyk Romeo

I am living in Aurora and this is my photo journal blog. A picture says 1000 words - but not always, so I write. You don't have to travel 1000 miles to find a treasure - all I have to do is zoom through my lens and I will find it for you here in Aurora.


  1. Hi Anna, the trail was opened today (June 26, 2011). It’s really nice and there’s a lot of bird activity. It’s much better than riding on Yonge St. to head north on the trails.

  2. Thanks for the update Chris. I walked today (Monday), and as you said it is very nice. The water is so close to the boardwalk, the view is amazing, and more nature activities.
    Anna :)