Touring one of the Trail path around the city

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Entrance to the path just after the car park area
Thanks to one of my friends, I discovered the more secluded trail path within the city limits of London, Ontario. To get to this path you need to drive along Clarke Road going northbound until you see a small car park to the right side. This car park happens to be right in front of Kilally Road turn off.
Once you park, at the small car park, follow the path leading underneath the Thames river bridge. I am not sure what the name of the bridge is but it cross' the Thames River.
At the end of the path is the Thames Rive, there are some areas where people have left there trash; however, I still believe it is a great area to explore. Either way, the somewhat "man" made trail path along that side of the bridge is very interesting. If you like a little bit of work involved with walking/hiking, I recommend you find your way eastbound towards the dam and the Fanshawe conservation area.
Path leading to the Thames River
This path really isn't much of a path, but it gives you a great vibe of trekking through the "wilderness" with great natural beauty. At some points during the trail you have to become creative in finding your way to the rivers dam. Make sure you wear good hiking shows or rubber boots because at one point nearing the end the path got a little muddy.
If making you or trail path is not for you, I recommend that you go on the nicer "man" made trail on the more northern side of the river. This path is a lot easier and seems to be the path of choice for many fishermen as well as individuals wanting to enjoy a leisure walk of a quick swim. If your adventurous like me though, take both paths for a different feeling of both sides of the river.
There is also posting encouraging individuals to "adopt a river path", which may indicate future development in the area.
Looking up at the path.


Throughout the river you can find various different wildlife. During my "hike", many different types of birds (i.e. like a crane but unfortunately didn't get the picture in time), fish, large turtles, signs of beavers, garden snakes and butterflies.

Overall, I really enjoyed the area and it was a great experience. If you enjoy going for a leisurely hike in the wilderness but not too far out of town, I would recommend these paths mentioned above. It provides a great vibe and a calming experience and most important, it is free for everyone to enjoy!
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Entrance to the path just after th…
Entrance to the path just after t…
Path leading to the Thames River
Path leading to the Thames River
Looking up at the path.
Looking up at the path.
Still making my way down to the Ri…
Still making my way down to the R…
Pretty flower along the way.
Pretty flower along the way.
Bridge on Clarke road crossing the…
Bridge on Clarke road crossing th…
Nature around the path
Nature around the path
The man made path we took leadin…
The "man made" path we took leadi…
Some trees around the path.
Some trees around the path.
Different picture of the bridge on…
Different picture of the bridge o…
The eastbound trail.
The eastbound trail.
Pretty wild flowers.
Pretty wild flowers.
Close up of the rocks in the river
Close up of the rocks in the river
Opening within the trail to see th…
Opening within the trail to see t…
Different shot of the view during …
Different shot of the view during…
Wild life in the Thames River
Wild life in the Thames River
Pretty butterfly I found.
Pretty butterfly I found.
Butterfly
Butterfly
Evidence that there is a beaver ha…
Evidence that there is a beaver h…
Wild mushrooms.
Wild mushrooms.
Close up of the mushrooms growing …
Close up of the mushrooms growing…
Different shot
Different shot
View from the not to way made man…
View from the not to way made "ma…
Path leading up the the bridge/roa…
Path leading up the the bridge/ro…
Walking along the dam river bridge…
Walking along the dam river bridg…
View of the area before the dam.
View of the area before the dam.
Picture showing some of the dam.
Picture showing some of the dam.
Rocky area that we walked down to …
Rocky area that we walked down to…
Information on the wildlife that c…
Information on the wildlife that …
A beaver with high expectation!
A beaver with high expectation!
Thats where the beaver wanted the…
That's where the beaver wanted th…
View from the second path.
View from the second path.
Attempting to get a good shot of t…
Attempting to get a good shot of …
Thames river
Thames river
Thames river
Thames river
About halfway to three quarters do…
About halfway to three quarters d…
Looking down at the River
Looking down at the River
Picture from the bridge on Clarke …
Picture from the bridge on Clarke…
Different angle.
Different angle.
A friend on my trying to prove me …
A friend on my trying to prove me…
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