What to do on a sunny, warm spring day in the city of Mississauga? Get outdoors!
This is what we did this past weekend at Riverwood Conservancy, located in central Mississauga (Burnhamthorpe Road and Riverwood Park Lane). So did many others desiring some sunshine and a change of pace. It’s one of the many urban trails in Mississauga.
Riverwood in April is on the cusp of blooming – crocuses are peeping out from underneath dead leaves and branches on the ground; small plants are starting to appear and the wildlife is waking up from its winter slumber. We saw a number of animals along the way including chickadees, chipmunks, red squirrels, and a garter snake.
The trails around Riverwood are well-marked and an easy walk in most spots, although heading back to the parking lot is a bit of a hike up. The 18 kilometre Culham Trail that follows the Credit River from Erindale Park, starting at Dundas Street links up at Riverwood and continues north through to Brampton.
Although there is the hum of cars from the major roads in the area, you also hear (and see) many birds. Well-placed benches allow for a little rest and to listen to the natural sounds found here – a welcome break from the urban concrete jungle.
It’s recommended you stay on the path as there are poisonous invasive plants along the Credit River such as Giant Hogweed, which can cause serious skin damage.
The best thing about Riverwood is that it’s in the city – easy to get to, with free parking and entry, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t visit.
A few photos from our visit: