Two years ago, the Westmoreland River Nature Park was established on the central south shore of Prince Edward Island. We visited that year and a few times each year in the last two. We’ve seen a great deal of change in the area of Stordy’s Pond in that time.
The pond and river are lined with more grasses and shrubs which provide a better habitat for the fish.
The pond itself has areas where fish can hid out and rest, away from the watchful eyes of predators such as cormorants. The hope is Atlantic salmon will return.
A few years ago, two stands for anglers kept them off the banks where grasses and other plants were not yet established.
Today, there are several new areas for viewing the waterways which flow from the pond.
The view and sound of the water from these locations is soothing. One waterway flows down over rocks, creating the sound of a waterfall.
The first lupins my husband and I have seen this year were at this nature park. They line the sides of the waterway near swallow boxes and in the area where the water wends its way through the park.
Lots of purple and violet with occasional pink or white lupins catch the eye.
Stordy’s Pond is reflective as we look out over the countryside beyond the water.
The setting is peaceful with the occasional car passing on the road nearby.
This pond has large fish now according to an angler we met there last year. Catch and release is the common practice here, with the fun of the catch the main interest.
A monarch butterfly feeding station is included in the park as well.
While there were numerous butterflies around the park, we did not see any monarchs.
This park, the work of two local conservation groups, has been a huge success. A picnic here is on the horizon.