Join the London Heritage Council and the City of London, along with its partners, in the celebration of the re-opening of the Westminster Ponds / Pond Mills Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) main trail. The improved trail enhances accessibility and protects the natural heritage of London’s largest publicly owned ESA.
This FREE Trails Open London event will provide people with an avenue to celebrate Canada’s rich natural history during our 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Schedule of events:
- 10:30 a.m. - Opening remarks by Mayor Matt Brown
- 10:35 a.m. - Greetings by local politicians
- 10:50 a.m. - Commemorative tree planting
- 11:00 a.m. - Guided walk through the improved trail led by Ecologist Linda McDougall from Environmental & Parks Planning, City of London
- 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - Family friendly activities, including tree planting, Canadian Raptor Conservancy’s “Birds in Flight” presentations, Bug Day booth, guided walks and hikes, and more!
At approximately 200 hectares, Westminster Ponds / Pond Mills Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is the largest publicly-owned ESA in London. The ESA is significant for its size and for its great variety of natural habitats within the boundaries of a major urban centre. The site is also designated as a Provincially Significant Wetland.
The ESA is located south of Commissioners Road and east of Wellington Road, adjacent to the Tourism London Information Centre (696 Wellington Rd), and extends eastward to Pond Mills Road. Parking is available at the Tourism London Information Centre.