Wildwood Marsh

Park Features

  • scenic views
  • forested trails
  • rare plants & wildlife

Map

View the map [PDF - 536 KB] of the park.

Location

Puntledge - Black Creek (Area 'C')
- Between Burns & Wildwood Roads, 36 acres

Natural Features

The park is more of a beaver pond than a marsh. The westerly side of the marsh is quite shallow and is growing in with hardhack.  The easterly side is deeper and features more open water. 

The pond is fed by two small steams at the north and south ends. It appears to be a natural depression, and would receive much water as runoff/soil flow in the rainy season. A small stream at the east side drains through a culvert, to Smit Creek which later flows under the One Spot Trail before ultimately reaching the Tsolum River.

There are three access trails. Haveruk Road right-of-way across from 5440 Wildwood Road features a locally maintained trail which provides access to the area of beaver dams.

The pond is very important to wildlife. There are a few good viewing spots, and the dense willow band protects the wildlife from most human interference. A bird survey recorded 45 species in the marsh and surrounding forest. Elk, bear and deer are seen around the marsh. A local resident reported seeing three Eastern bullfrogs in 2013, and one “large flattened ‘fibian” on Wildwood Road in December 2013. During July of 2014 the calls of bullfrogs were ever present. At the same time Pacific Tree Frogs were observed on the leaves of shrubs near the edge of the marsh as well as thousands of dragonflies and almost no evidence of mosquitoes – a favorite prey item of dragonflies. 

Wildwood Marsh along with adjacent Wildwood Interpretive Forest are extremely valuable in both supporting the local natural biodiversity and as an example of how we can have both human settlement and natural areas. 

The Youth Ecological Restoration program with assistance from Ian Moul, RPBio did an ecological inventory for a plot at the marsh in July 2014. Their report is available here [PDF - 1.7 MB].

History

This park was created in 2004 as part of a density bonus subdivision. The wetland was drained for agriculture in the 1920s. The agriculture was abandoned with the start of WWII, and gradually returned to a marsh ecosystem.