Join us for an autumn walk in the Happy Valley Forest located to the northeast of Nobleton. Our hike will be led by Ann & David Love, two passionate advocates for the Forest who live on the edge of Happy Valley.
Because the Forest is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, there are plenty of small hills and valleys. The terrain will be moderate in difficulty, and the pace will be comfortable for the average hiker.
The older growth forested landscape we will visit is beautiful all year long, but in different ways depending on the season. For example, in late September we might notice yellow flowers of the late-blooming Zigzag Goldenrod, or maybe the “doll’s eye” berries of White Baneberry, or with a sharp eye we could spot the dark evergreen fronds of Christmas Fern. We will probably see the first autumnal tints on trees such as Sugar Maples, although the leaves of other species such as Red Oak are likely to be showing their summer hues for another few weeks. Evergreen giants of the forest such as Hemlocks and White Pines will tower overhead, while at understorey level we could be lucky enough to spot rarer shrubs such as Maple-leaved Viburnum and Witch Hazel (our only fall-flowering woody plant). There are lots of birds in the forest and we might see other wildlife.
Please wear appropriate footwear such as walking shoes or hiking boots. Bring a water bottle and your camera.
Ann Love is a local artist & writer. David Love is a lifelong environmentalist & birdwatcher. Both have lived in the area for many years, and love to share their intimate knowledge of the forest and its inhabitants.