The Rattray Marsh
The Rattray Marsh is a wetlands nature conservation area at the extreme southern end of Clarkson, in southwest Mississauga, Ontario. Long established as an oasis of calm and nature in the heart of Toronto’s largest suburb, the park fronts onto the northern shore of Lake Ontario, and features an extensive network of raised boardwalk trails that traverse forested areas, open grasslands, as well as a large marsh. The whole area is a paradise for bird watchers, and nature lovers in general, and is a welcome respite from the bustling city of Mississauga.
Rattray Marsh can be accessed from Bexhill Rd. as well as Silver Birch Trail. There is limited on street parking, as well as nearby surface parking at the Jack Darling Memorial Park.
On our visit on a recent sunny spring day, we encountered a few local hikers and several birdwatchers, but much of the time it was relatively empty, and just a treat to explore. Bicycles and inline skates are not allowed in the park, and while dogs are allowed, they must be on a leash. The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily, and admission is free, or with optional donation. Rattray Marsh is managed by the Credit Valley Conservation authority.
The Rattray Marsh is also a big draw in Mississauga real estate circles, and houses located in the surrounding area are luxury properties that sell at a premium. Being located near the park means you are also located near the shores of Lake Ontario, and these two factors create an unbeatable attractiveness when scouting for a house location. You can find more information about the real estate aspect of living near the park at my main site here.