Wheatley Ontario's commercial fishing capital
Wheatley is Ontario’s fishery capital where most of Lake Erie’s commercial fish harvest is processed. Wheatley Provincial Park is located just east of Wheatley off Rd 3. It has beaches, campsites and trails through lush forest that contains sycamores, sassafras, hickory and tulip trees.
Hillman Marsh Conservation Area is one of the premier areas for viewing birds in Essex County. The 850-acre marsh contains trails and a beach, at 1826 County Rd 37 & Mersea Rd 2 at the extreme east shore of the county. A fascinating nature display centre, lookout tower and picnic area are located at the northwest corner of the park. The diverse habitats of Hillman Marsh attract over 100 species of marsh and shore birds such as herons, egrets, terns, songbirds, ducks and a nesting pair of Bald Eagles. Dikes and a pumping system manage water levels, allowing the habitat to be flooded in winter and drained in spring.
Two Creeks Conservation Area, on Road 1 north of Wheatley, features a picnic pavilion and scenic trails. Kopegaron Woods is located at 762 Talbot St. E., just west of Wheatley. It has old growth forest, boardwalks and a picnic area with one of the best habitats for warblers.