Cedar Valley Park is a real gem right in the heart of Raymerville. It's a treat to walk through this meandering 19-acre park that hugs the north and south edges of the Raymerville Drive loop, offering a natural, organic feel to city living. When I take my family for a walk there it feels like we are on a little nature getaway. It's close to home and provides just enough quiet to feel as though we are in the middle of a provincial park.
Flanking Robinson Creek, a tributary of the Rouge River system, Cedar Valley Park is part of a community and school-based initiative to reintroduce natural forest to the area. The park has been restored extensively to encourage diversification of the ecosystem within its boundaries. The loop walk and bridge attracts many bird-watchers to this park.
If you take your time and keep your eyes and ears open, you might be lucky enough to spot chickadees, goldfinches, cardinals, warblers, hawks, woodpeckers, blue jays and robins. When taking my two young sons on a walk, I"m lucky if they'll sit still for a minute or two while I watch and listen to these wonderful birds. They are far more interested in spotting deer and rabbit tracks.
Cedar Valley is an ideal spot for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter or a daily morning run on the looped trail that winds its way through the park. Escape the hustle and bustle for a moment and lose yourself in Cedar Valley Park. Hey, we might even see you there!