Windsorites looking to enjoy fall scenery and weather before winter calls need not travel far.
Accessible off Cora Greenwood Dr. and from the east-end of Riverside Dr., Blue Heron Lake (on Little River Blvd.) provides a quiet place to enjoy mother nature. Mixed with sounds of children playing in the distance are ducks and geese, using naturalized areas near the lake. Be warned however, getting too close to the geese may cause them to follow (as one did while we were snapping a few shots!)
Fishing is allowed near the lake and children were trying their luck while walking through. On the main pathway is Blue Heron Lake bridge, painted blue with white silhouettes of heron on its side. There’s also a plaque commemorating the donations of local businesses that helped build the bridge in 1999.
Although the lake provides great scenery, surrounding areas are just as beautiful. Far enough from the road to eliminate noisy traffic, several trees are changing colour and pathways make it easy to snag a closer look. Multiple benches allow people to relax while enjoying the view: East Riverside Park and its massive hill can also be seen south of the lake.
Keeping community in mind, a beautiful garden was planted near the water, courtesy of Blue Herron Town Home Owners Association #1. Courtesy signs for pedestrians also help make it a safe area for walkers and cyclists.
Being inside the eastern city border, Transit Windsor’s Lauzon 10 bus route goes right by the facility on Cora Greenwood Dr. For those without a car. Those driving can park on the road while visiting the area.
Whether it be for a walk, bike ride or to sit quietly outside, Blue Heron Lake is a great place to enjoy these last few days of fall weather: The best part though?
It’s right in Windsor’s backyard.