Observe flora & Fauna at Terracotta Conserv. Area
We continued driving north on Winston Churchill for 2 kms after Terra Cotta to reach the Conservation Area on our right hand side.
Since the entrance offices are usually unmanned, the parking fee of $5.00 has to be paid manually by inserting exact amount in one of the envelopes piled up under a shade. The receipt has to demonstrated across the dashboard, because the watchman do check the vehicles parked inside the area for payment of fee.
When we visited the conservation area in mid-September 2006, it was raining, visibility was low and humidity was high. There were many trails to take and there is a link to the well-known Bruce Trail, as well as trails suitable for cross-country skiing. Its trails also connect with those of Silver Creek Conservation Area and Scotsdale Farm, just to the south. We decided to take the one going around the lake. The hike turned out to be quite exciting.
Terra Cotta Conservation Area consists of 408 acres of rugged terrain on the Niagara Escarpment. It provides habitat for a wide variety of wetland plants and animals.
~ Mississagua & the Cities of Lake Ontario ~
St. Catharine's - Hamilton - Burlington - Oakville - Mississauga
Traveling between Niagara Falls and Toronto on part a road trip to Canada, my family followed an expressway called the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), which circles around the south, west and north shores of Lake Ontario. This route took us through a chain of five cities that today have populations exceeding 100,000 people. Here is a snapshot of what we saw.
St. Catharine's, a short drive west of Niagara Falls, is a very Canadian looking city with brown residential towers perched along the south coast of Lake Ontario. It is here that the road begins to hug the shoreline, offering drivers with a really cool view of the CN Tower and distant skyline of Toronto on the opposite shore.
After traversing past a few small towns, the QEW then takes a turn to round the western end of the lake. In the process it skirts the industrial high rise city of Hamilton. Boasting a population of over 300,000 and located just outside the reach of "Metro Toronto," Hamilton is a major city with an identity, skyline and attractions of its own. It is also the first of a continuous string of neighboring cities that includes Toronto.
After leaving Hamilton, the QEW enters Burlington, another city boasting residential towers, and Oakville, home of a major Canadian golf tournamnent and lovely roadside landscaping.
Mississauga, the last city before Toronto, boasts a population of more than 500,000 and would easily rank among our 30 largest cities if it were located in the U.S. Size aside, it is actually not too well known south of the border as it sits in the imposing shadow of big sister Toronto.
After Mississauga, the QEW enters Toronto and combines with other expressways after reaching the downtown area.
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