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A Lush Spot: Rattray Marsh in Mississauga

Rattray marsh mississauga - A Lush Spot: Rattray Marsh in Mississauga

Mississauga has some beautiful parks and natural areas. None are as lovely as Rattray Marsh, located by Lake Ontario.

Frank and I recently took an early morning walk at the marsh with cameras in hand. Battling mosquitoes and hanging spiders, we managed to take several photos.

Rattray Marsh

A Gorgeous Marsh in A Suburban Area

The Rattray Marsh is located in the southwestern part of Mississauga. All around the marsh are large homes. Perhaps one of the loveliest residential parts of the city, this area is extremely quiet on weekend mornings.

Rattray Marsh

Yet, as you walk along the boardwalk of the marsh, you pass people with their dogs or runners. Occasionally you see somebody with their camera with them.

The object of their photos is the large number of birds that make Rattray Marsh home. They come here for food and to hide their nests in the rushes.

Rattray Marsh

Rattray Marsh

The trails around Rattray Marsh lead you through the rushes as well as to the beach along the lake. It’s not overly beautiful a beach, but you can stretch out on a warm day with a picnic by the water.

Rattray Marsh

Directions: The best way to get there is to go connect through Jack Darling Park located at Lakeshore Road, just west of Lorne Park Road in Mississauga.

The best spot for parking is at the southern end of Jack Darling Park, which is adjacent to the Rattray Marsh Area. From the parking lot walk a short distance southwest to join up with the Rattray Marsh trails. There are also entrance ways into the park via some of the side streets.

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    August 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Margaret – We used to live right down there and spent a lot of time when the kids were little exploring the marsh, skating on the pond and checking out the wildflowers, birds and other wildlife. There were no boardwalks then, but I must say it’s a much easier walk now! Thanks for the visual trip back – I must go for a walk in there again soon!
    I enjoy your postings – lots of great day trip suggestions!

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    Badger Canoe Paddles
    August 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Again, I am blown away by the beauty and magic you always seem to capture in your photographs, no matter the location. Always worth the click!!!

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    Margaret Antkowski
    August 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Audrey – I’m so glad to hear the photos have inspired you to visit Rattray Marsh. We had a great time walking there.

    Fiona – we got lucky with great early morning light and fantastic setting. What’s funny is that the entrance sign shows that you can walk through the area, and they have a camera symbol as well. So photography is encouraged!

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