Purdon Conservation Area
The Great Outdoors
Types: Conservation Areas, Walking & Hiking Trails, Picnic & Activity Parks
Region: Eastern Ontario
Phone: (613) 259-2421
Purdon Conservation Area is a unique wetland famous for its exceptionally large native colony of Showy Lady's Slipper Orchids. Each year, between mid-June and early July, 16,000 magnificent orchids burst into delicate pink and white bloom. It is extremely rare to find a colony of this size and Purdon's is the largest in Canada. A 400-metre wooden boardwalk through the heart of the colony creates a dry, level path for visitors to walk or wheel through, and allows a close-up view of the beauty of the orchids. It also protects the sponge-like soil and the delicate plants of the fen from being trampled. The discriminating nature-lover, garden enthusiast and orchid devotee will not want to miss the Purdon Conservation Area. Directions: Hwy 417 west to Hwy 511 (to Perth). In Perth take Hwy 511 North to County Road 8 and turn left. Follow Country Road 8 for approximately 14 kilometres and take a right on Concession Road 8. Purdon Conservation Area is located on Concession Road 8 on the left.
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