Setting: Urban marsh, pond, gravel paths.
Facilities: Benches, garbage cans, dog bag dispensers.
Signage: Interpretive panels, maps, and signs.
Ideal for an easy stroll.
Great look-off in the middle of the marsh.
A haven for birds and waterfowl of all kinds.
Belchers Marsh, located off of Parkland Drive in Clayton Park, is a great place to take the dog or the whole family for a Sunday stroll. The walking is easy thanks to the flat, well-maintained gravel paths. To do a full loop of the Marsh is about 1.5km. The adjacent Mainland North Linear Parkway connects the area to other nearby attractions.
Though in the heart of a residential neighborhood dominated by apartment buildings, you can still enjoy some scenic nature. The marsh is heaven for local ducks and water foul which reside aplenty. You should, however, refrain from feeding them because in winter they don’t seem to want to leave! As well as a top-notch bird watching spot, the area also has lots of great marshland flora, much of which is detailed in the very informative signage along the way. You can also read about the area’s over 200-year history when it was owned by Johnathan Belcher. There is a well constructed central lookout in the middle of the pond that provides a great vantage point.
The Pond is used for pond hockey in winter, where locals clear areas for their kids to play. Walking the trail in Winter can be difficult in the snow as it is not maintained.
It is a great place for anyone looking for a casual walk within city limits and a chance to see birds, plants, and animals you aren’t accustomed to seeing anywhere else in the city.
Recommended Reading: “Birds of Nova Scotia”