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Wednesday
Jul142010

Fort Willow Conservation Area - NVCA Tour Part 2

Last Saturday we decided to visit another Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Area and this time we chose to visit the Historic Fort Willow.  HFW is located on Portage Road in Minesing and only takes about 10 minutes to get to from the west end of Barrie.

Historically, Fort Willow was a supply depot in the War of 1812 but even before that the area was part of a larger transportation route called the 9 Mile Portage used by aboriginals, fur traders and French explorers.

The first thing we noticed was a small wildflower garden as we entered the fort.  Nathan continued to acquaint himself with our new macro lens and was able to capture a few stellar shots:  a Bouncing Bet flower...

...and a daisy-like flower I have yet to ID.

As Nathan worked the garden I took the Lensbaby and played with the pillory.

We strolled around the grounds for awhile then headed down the Ganaraska Trail to the Minesing Swamp Lookout.   The bugs were a nuisance for the entire hike.  At one point I could see well over 10 flies swarming around Nate's head.  This took much of the enjoyment out of our excursion and we hurried back to the car.

This is a shot I took with the Lensbaby of Nathan going back up the stairs to the fort.  

The weather started to heat up as noontime came near and the bugs were relentless so we decided to leave, but not without a sense that our visit had been much too short.