Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre is one of the Provincially Significant Wetlands in Tay, Ontario, closer to Georgian Bay. Appropriate for all ages and abilities.
Directions and address to Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
- 16160 Highway 12 East, Midland, ON L4R 4K6
From Toronto, it takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.
You will Continue on Gardiner Expy W. Drive from ON-400 N to Oro-Medonte. Take exit 121 from ON-400
Hours of Operation:
They are open all seasons, 7 days a week
- Visitor Centre is open from 9:00am-5:00pm
- Trails & Birds of Prey: 9:00am-4:30pm (May-October), 9:00am-4:00pm (November-April)
They are closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
There is an admission fee:
- Adult – $12.00
- Seniors (65+) and Children (4-17) – $9.00
- Children (3 and under) – Free
I find it a bit expensive for a day hike. It took us an hour and a half to complete the loop with two young children with breaks and viewing birds.
- Long beautiful boardwalk
- Cross country ski and snowshoe trails
- Canoeing & kayaking through the marsh channels
- Observation tower
- Wildflower gardens
- Opportunity to spot various birds (owls, hawks, a turkey vulture and a bald eagle) reptiles, fish, trumpeter swan, the bee house and much more
Hiking trails are over 25km long. You can explore year-round.
Center offers various guided programs, both drop-in & pre-registered, from guided walks.
If you want to know why you would choose Wye Marsh compared to any other marshlands, it is a unique chance to view Trumpeter Swans. These swans are elegant birds brought back from the brink of extinction through t the Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Program. The time we went to Wye Marsh, we get to see almost 20 of them. These swans are nearly the height of my six years old son; a large male swan can exceed 5 ft 11 inch in total length. They were so loud and sounded like a trumpet.
An interesting children’s book called “The Trumpet of the Swan, a 1970 children’s novel by E. B. White, reminds me of these swans.
Is it worth a visit?
If you live in Toronto or GTA and interested in hiking or looking for a day trip with kids, then it is worth visiting. However, if you are someone visiting from overseas or even from another province, I would say it is not that worth a trip, effort and money. For two adults and children, we paid $47.
We spent almost an hour and a half walking with young children. We took few breaks to explore, but it takes an hour of walking to complete the loop. I would say you can expect to spend 2 to 2.5 hours based on your interest.
See the attached trail maps for Hiking, snowshoeing, and ski trails