Windy Ridge Conservation Area
Windy Ridge Conservation Area is an ideal spot for a relaxing walk, hike, cycle or snowshoe in the open air. In 1999, Hugo Germeraad bequeathed 35 hectares (87 acres) to Kawartha Conservation, ensuring the land would remain in its natural state for generations to enjoy. In 2004, the Ontario Heritage Foundation (OHF) and Ducks Unlimited provided assistance in securing 49 adjoining hectares (122 acres) from the Tuckerman family. Kawartha Conservation manages this parcel on behalf of the OHF.
Significant Natural Features
Windy Ridge offers a panoramic view from the lookout perched atop the areaís tallest ridge. Directly below lies Fleetwood Creek wetlands, where the Pigeon River and Fleetwood Creek join. Fleetwood Creek wetland is home to a wide variety of vegetation and has been named an International Biological Program Site. Visible on the southern horizon sits the Oak Ridges Moraine, a protected greenspace. A view of ancient glacial activity unfolds to the east in the form of the Hogsback or Omemee Esker.
On the Trail
A multi-use loop trail of 1.3 kilometres begins with a gentle climb, then winds south for a short walk to the spectacular lookout. From there, the trail leads downhill to the valley floor and right to the waterís edge, before looping back through an open meadow to the parking area.
Outside of the conservation area, but running adjacent to the western border of Windy Ridge is the popular multi-use Rail Trail system. The two trails donít intersect due to wetlands lying in between, but each is accessible to the other from Mount Horeb Road.
A picnic shelter just off the parking area provides an enjoyable spot for a meal or a rest. Picnic tables are also located atop the lookout and at the marsh area.
Hours of Operation
May-October 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
November-April 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
No access is permitted outside of posted hours.
- From Highway 7 west of Omemee, turn south onto Mount Horeb Road for 3.8 km
- Destination will be on the right at 998 Mount Horeb Road, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario
- The parking area is not maintained from October 31 to May 1.
- Take precautions. See advice from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit on protecting yourself from West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease when outdoors.