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Whether you’re into nature, wildlife observation, history, or just needing a place to stretch your dog’s legs, the Fingal Wildlife Management Area offers it all. Originally the site of the No. 4 Bombing and Gunnery School (from 1940 to 1945), the area has since been developed into a park filled with Carolinian trees, prairie grasses and hedgerows. Tessi appreciates the stretching of the legs aspect of it. Dogs are allowed to be unleashed. Policies are stated in the trail guide. Since wildlife is a feature - though I can’t say I’ve seen much of it with Tessi at my side - I’m surprised, but impressed that our four-legged friends are allowed freedom. From the parking lot off Fingal Line, a short walk leads to the trailhead, where there are outhouses, which were even open on a winter visit we made, and garbage pails, which are appreciated to get rid of doggy poop-filled bags. Trail guides are in the labelled wooden box. Several trails wend their way across the flat terrain covering approximately 292 ha (720 ac). On a recent visit, I found webs of smaller paths branching off them. Most of the physical evidence of the long ago school is gone; however, posted interpretive signs relating aspects of its history are situated along the trails. There is another parking lot located off Scotch Line, where you may prefer to park instead if you want to quickly reach the nearby Carmichael Pond. Be aware that this multi-use place also includes hunting. A sign states “Hunting may take place on land designated hunting area. Hunting is permitted only on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday during open season.” Despite these restrictions, the Fingal Wildlife Management Area offers us a convenient break, as it’s not far from the Talbot Trail Highway (formerly #3) – a road I commonly use in our travels. For More Info

 (c) Cheryl Smyth, 2013

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