Soper Creek Wilderness Villas is situated on 12 acres of beautiful natural land nestled in the Oak Ridges Moraine forest, the world's largest permanently protected greenbelt.
"To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug."
— Helen Keller
Oak Ridges Moraine
The calming waters of both Soper Creek and Bowmanville Creek play an important role in the species diversity found amongst the Oak Ridges Moraine. These forests and surrounding wetlands provide a home to many threatened plant, insect, and bird species in Ontario.
The Oak Ridges Moraine is an environmentally sensitive ridge of land forming the watershed divide between Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe; it is located about 60km north of Lake Ontario, is approximately 200km long, and is the source of over 30 rivers. It stretches from the Niagara Escarpment in the West to the Trent River in the East.
An important part of the watershed, Soper Creek, runs through our property and southeasterly across the northern part of Bowmanville, merging with Bowmanville Creek before emptying into Lake Ontario.
Source/More Info: Oak Ridges Trail Association
hiking - the activity of going for long walks in the country for pleasure (Oxford Learner's Dictionaries)
The wonders of our forest come alive when you allow yourself to reconnect with the natural world around you. Take a peaceful journey through the Oak Ridges Moraine; participate in self-guided meditation, forest bathing, as well as outdoor yoga opportunities. Stop at one of our wellness spots for a moment of mindfulness. Each of our trails leads back to our main common area, The Stomping Ground.
We have 3 hiking trails meandering through the beautiful 15-acre property, which provide an opportunity for you to adventure into the unknown. During your hike, you'll find yourselves enjoying one of our two creeks, experiencing the sounds of many different species that inhabit the forest, and discovering designated meditation and yoga stations along the way.
Don't forget to bring your camera, you never know what animals you might spot!
Crow - Green Trail
Leads you through a short forest trail, and back to The Stomping Ground. Perfect for a quick morning hike.
Porcupine - Purple Trail
Starts and ends at The Stomping Grounds, taking you past two of our more secluded Villas, through the forest, along the creek shores, then back through the forest.
Fox - Orange Trail
This trail connects the pond location of the resort to common area and the rest of the Villas. From the pond, it passes over the stream and through the forest, to end at The Stomping Ground.
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue
As part of your experience, we have included a FREE 1-hour tour of Durham Region's only wildlife rehabilitation hospital, nature centre and sanctuary, Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue.
During this one-hour tour, you will learn about the important work of wildlife rehabilitation, journey into the Enchanted Forest to hear stories of how our permanent resident animals found their way to their fur-ever home, as well as learn about how you can make a difference with small conservation efforts!
Please note there are no animal interactions during this tour. If you would like to meet any of our animals up close, click below to book one of our interactive Day Experiences during your visit! All proceeds go back to the animals who call Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue their fur-ever home.
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is Durham Region's only wildlife rehabilitation hospital.
Wildlife rehabilitation is a free service offered to everyone in Ontario and is not funded in any way by the government. We rely on the community's donations and support in order to be able to accept sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife.
In 2021 we were able to accept over 2,000 wild patients. Since 2016 we have admitted over 8,000 animals into the hospital.