Ecological Zone

Kingsway Park Ecological Zone: Be On the Alert!
(Unless otherwise indicated, photos by Don of


Poison Ivy can be plentiful along the edges of woods, roadsides and fences. Be aware that it is also found along the nature trail. Recognizing and avoiding it can spare you from the uncomfortable rash for which it is famous.

Poison Ivy is a single-stemmed low shrub which can grow to 30 centimetres in height. It has three bright green, shiny leaflets. If present, flowers are whitish-yellow. White berries are produced in the fall. All plant parts can cause irritation. For those who are susceptible, even the sap or pollen can result in a severe skin reaction. Remember, "leaflets three, touch not me".

Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of humans and other animals. The most common tick species in this area is the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick. Adult ticks are small and flat with a reddish-brown body and eight legs. They are most common during May and June.

When you have completed your walk check yourself thoroughly. If you discover that a tick has secured itself to your skin, firmly grasp it as close to the skin as possible and pull steadily so that all mouthparts are removed.

(Information from a Wakamow Valley Pamphlet)