Mount Brydges – Find out why Longwoods Road Conservation Area is buzzing with activity this spring! Longwoods Road Conservation Area Resource Centre and the Ska-Nah-Doht Village is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. beginning May 16 (Victoria Day Weekend) through to October 12 (Thanksgiving Weekend). Gates stay open with picnic grounds and nature trails from 9 a.m. till sunset daily. Longwoods is a 155-acre conservation area owned and operated by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority.
Day use admission features a pay and display system allowing visitors to purchase a ticket from a conveniently located pedestal at the entrance gate, which is then displayed on their vehicle dashboard. Maximum daily entrance fees are $12.00 per vehicle, or alternatively, an annual day use pass can be purchased at the Longwoods Road Conservation Area Resource Centre, Conservation Authority Administration Building in Chatham or at the C.M. Wilson Conservation Area for $60 (not valid for camping; allows discount on special events). The revenues support the continued maintenance and enhancement of the conservation areas. Other fees apply for reserved facilities, pre-booked school and group programs and popular special events, so please call us for details! Motor coach bus tours are welcomed!
Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum, is a recreated longhouse village of 1,000 years ago. The Village is based on data collected by archaeologists and the Traditional Aboriginal Knowledge passed on by the First Nations people. Find your way through the palisade maze, explore a longhouse and take time to think about the life of the Haudenosaunee people. A museum displays archaeological artifacts from our collection in the Resource Centre, along with nature exhibits and hands-on activities for everyone! Audiovisual presentations are shown in the theatres. Visit the Turtle Trail Gift Shop with authentic, one of a kind local native crafts and stained glass.
Five nature trails and bridges, two of which are wheelchair accessible, wind through Carolinian woodlands and ravines. Don’t miss the new Carey Carolinian Forest Arboretum and Trail! Enjoy the wildflowers and birds as you stroll through the woods and meadows at Longwoods. A wetland boardwalk spans the marsh. View nesting Red-winged Blackbirds, geese and ducks, or enjoy listening to the frogs and see turtles basking in the sun.
Bring a picnic lunch and stay for the whole day! There are lots of tables in the conservation area and a pavilion with a barbeque may be rented for family reunions and special get-togethers. Boy Scouts and Girl Guides can book their campouts at one of three large group camping grounds. Our staff are available to teach popular badge workshops!
Plan a daytrip and come visit us soon! Call (519) 264-2420 to reserve your group’s activity! We are located a half hour west of London (6.5 km west of Delaware) and an hour east of Chatham at 8348 Longwoods Road (Middlesex County Road 2). For conservation area directions, fees and facilities please visit our website www.ltvca.ca and click on the Conservation Areas tab.
Longwoods Road Conservation Area, Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority