Take a hike while you are visiting Lambton Heritage Museum! There is no better way to explore the unique oak savanna habitat around the main museum and historic buildings. The Woodland Heritage Trail is a 1km loop through the forest around the museum. It should take approximately 20 minutes to walk the trail. This opportunity is included as part of your regular museum admission fee.

 

The trail is accessible year round and in the winter, snowshoes are available for rent. There are a variety of sizes for adults and children (who have to be over 60 pounds to use the equipment).

 

This trail was named in honour of Ontario’s Eastern Woodlands people, a term referring to a variety of tribes and language groups that stretched from the Maritimes to Ontario and south into the United States. It includes both Iroquoian and Algonquian language groups and many different customs and practices.

 

The Attawandaron people inhabited this area in the Late Woodland Period (A.D. 900 – 1650). They had dozens of villages in southwestern Ontario. Their economy was based on horticulture (notably the “three sisters” or corn, beans, and squash) which was supplemented by wild plants, fish, and game.

 

The Attawandaron were a semi-nomadic society that lived in fortified villages. These villages contained bark-covered longhouses that were shared by family members connected on the mother’s side. These settlements were established in prosperous areas. Once the game, soil, and woods in an area were used up, the group relocated to a new, more fertile, area.

 

Learn more about nature trails in our area by visiting Lambton Shores Nature Trails online.