This short trail through the Englishman River Estuary Nature Reserve is a favourite amongst bird watchers. Every spring during the Brant Festival there is a beginners bird watching program held at the Shelley Road Community Hall. One year that I attended there was a sighting of a rare mountain blue bird near the bird watching platform. There is a small network of trails to be explored here, but for the purpose of this hike I’ve stayed around the perimeter.
Directions: From the intersection of the Old Island Highway and Shelley Road, drive north 0.4 Kilometers and park at the end of Shelley Road.
Turn right just before the gate and head east to the bank of the Englishman River. Turn left along the river taking care to avoid any of the cut banks that are barricaded off in order to prevent further erosion of the riverbank. Make your way to the dike that borders the estuary and proceed west to the bird watching platform. Continue along the dike that leads to Surfside Resort. Return back along the dike, turn right at the platform and follow the trail back to the foot of Mill Street. Turn left and follow the trail along the edge of the Nature Reserve back to Shelly Road. Total time for this 2.42 Km loop is a little over 30 minutes.