Do you know where to find sand dunes in Ottawa? Sounds crazy, but if you lived 75 years ago, the dunes near the Nepean Sportsplex would be hard to miss. They spanned 2 km!
It’s pretty remarkable how the reforestation project and housing development have reduced the ancient sand dunes to only 50 square metres in the last 90 years.
Even more amazing is that creatures that can only survive in the dunes are still hanging on.
Credit: Google Maps
This is close to the corner of Slack Road and Woodruffe Avenue.
The sand dunes are all that’s remaining of the beachy shoreline of the Champlain Sea that was created at the end of the last Ice Age.
It’s like a mini biosphere of hardy creatures that were able to adapt and still live in the Pinhey Sand Dunes to this day! No wonder you’ll often see students studying the ground and who’s hiding in it!
Any ideas on what this is? Is it some kind of weird desert mushroom? Beats me, but I have no desire to cook it up for supper. It’s kinda pretty in a sand dune flower kind of way.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven this stretch of road on my way to work and never had a clue of what lay just behind the edge of the forest.
Kathleen Edwards spent some of her teenage years living in a house on Slack Road. I wonder if she knew about the sand dunes in her neighbourhood?
Not sure, but great excuse to leave you with a Kathleen Edwards video to close out this blog. Enjoy!