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Dutton-Dunwich Prairie



  • Exit the 401 at interchange 149 (Currie Road, Dutton)
  • Go South to the first road – Pioneer Line
  • Turn right (go west) on Pioneer Line to Coyne Road
  • Turn left (go south) on Coyne Road to the railroad tracks
  • Look for signage on the left along the abandoned right-of-way

The West Elgin Nature Club, in partnership with the Elgin County Stewardship Council, has leased 2 miles (just over 3 km) of abandoned railroad right-of-way from CSX rail system. This 24 acre property is found in the township of Dutton-Dunwich. The area is rich in provincially rare and endangered prairie plants such as the compass plant, gray-headed coneflower, ohio goldenrod, blazing star and pale purple coneflower. The more abundant grasses found here include such species as big bluestem and Indian grasses. Prescribed burns take place here to ensure the longevity of the tallgrass prairie.  The West Elgin Nature Club receives operational support from the Dutton-Dunwich fire department each year to complete these prescribed burns.