Ontario is home to several scenic boardwalks that showcase the diverse beauty of the province. Among them is a unique wooden trail that passes over a gorgeous bog and swamp ecosystem.
The Sifton Bog boardwalk is a 1-km-long hiking trail that meanders through a 42-hectare woodland forest in London, Ontario. During periods of heavy rain, the forest ground is sometimes flooded with moss-covered water, giving it a surreal vibe and atmosphere.
Along the way, hikers will also come across beautiful species of wild flowers, colourful birds and a viewing platform the overlooks a pond at the centre of the bog.
It's at the pond where the most interesting flora and fauna can be seen. The secluded area known as Redmond's Pond grows a variety of plant communities, including Sphagnum mosses, Southern Pond lilies, Rose Pogonia, Grass Pink and orchids. You might even see a couple of rare carnivorous plants, like the Pitcher plant and Round-leaved sundew.
The Sifton Bog is also prime destination for birdwatching. Different species of birds like warblers, sparrows and winter finches are often spotted making their migrations in the spring and fall. Green and grey tree frogs, painted turtles, uncommon butterflies and white-tailed deer can also be found lingering around in the area.
The boardwalk is a popular spot for leisurely hikers or even joggers. It's open to the public year-round, even in the winter months when the bog is frozen and covered with snow. However, hikers are recommended to go with a friend or group as an extra precaution.
Visit the Sifton Bog today at: 1210 Oxford St W, London, ON