Features: 
Forested trails, Rare plants, Scenic views, Wildlife

Wildwood Marsh, along with adjacent Wildwood Interpretive Forest, is extremely valuable in both supporting local biodiversity and as an example of how humans and nature can successfully co-exist. The Haveruk Road right-of-way, across from 5440 Wildwood Road, features a locally maintained trail that provides access to an area of beaver dams.

The 35-acre park, in fact, is more of a beaver pond than a marsh. Its western side is quite shallow and is growing in with hardhack. The eastern side is deeper and features more open water. Two small streams at the north and south ends feed the pond. Another small stream on the eastern side drains through a culvert into Smit Creek, which later flows under the One Spot Trail before ultimately reaching the Tsolum River.

Wildwood Marsh is very important to local wildlife. A dense willow band protects wildlife from most human interference, although there are a few good viewing spots throughout the park. A wildlife survey recorded many species in the marsh and surrounding forest, including elk, bear and deer, as well as rare bullfrogs and frogs.

Location

Between Burns Road & Wildwood Road

Wildwood Marsh Map

Park Etiquette

Pick up after your pets
Do not litter

History

The Wildwood Marsh wetland was drained for agriculture in the 1920s. When agriculture was abandoned with the start of WWII, the area gradually returned to a marsh ecosystem. Wildwood Marsh was designated as a park in 2004 as part of a density bonus subdivision.