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Altona Forest Pickering, ON Get Directions

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Altona Forest is a 53 hectare TRCA property located in the City of Pickering, Durham Region. The Forest provides essential habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals native to Southern Ontario including: songbirds, foxes, coyotes, hawks and rare amphibians. Due to its ecological importance, Altona Forest has been designated as an Environmentally Significant Area.

About the Forest

Altona Forest straddles the Carolinian and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest regions. The Forest is home to a number of flora and fauna species, including:

  • 130+ types of wild flowers
  • 100+ bird species
  • 14+ mammal and 10+ herpetile species
  • 35 distinct vegetation communities

The southwestern section of the forest contains the J. Murray Speirs Ecological Reserve, a natural reserve donated to Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) by renowned naturalist and educator Dr. J. Murray Speirs.

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