Things to Do at Homer Watson Park
You’re Standing on 20,000 Years of History
Stand on the bluff at Homer Watson Park and look down the steep slope carved by the Grand River. The bluff’s sediments were deposited at the end of the last ice-age. The oldest deposits at the base are 17-20 thousand years old and were laid down under a thick ice sheet that extended south into the United States. The youngest sediments at the top date from 13.5 thousand years ago and were deposited at the edge of the retreating ice sheet. You can find more detail about this here.
Eastern Hemlock is one of Ontario’s most beautiful trees. Visit Homer Watson Park’s hemlocks just after a snowfall and you’re in for a visual treat!
Hemlock is a potentially large tree that can live up to 800 years. The trees have sweeping boughs that hang low, a furrowed bark, and small cones.
Hemlock is common in southern Ontario forests but was once much more dominant. It was decimated in the 19th century by logging for railway ties and Hemlock bark was used in tanning animal hides. The tanneries of downtown Kitchener’s Tannery District used quantities of hemlock bark.