Longwoods Road Conservation Area and Ska-Na-Doht Village & Museum

Location: Delaware, Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Historic, Senic
Length/Size: 155 acres

Longwoods Road Conservation Area and Ska-Na-Doht Village & Museum
By Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority

Longwoods Road Conservation Area is a 63 hectare (155 acre) park acquired by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority in 1964.

Directions: From Delaware follow County Road 2 (Longwoods Road) west. Longwoods Road is located at 8348 Longwoods Road (County Rd. 2), Approximately 32 km west of London, 6.5 km west of Delaware and 10 km east of Melbourne.

Coordinates: Lat/Long 42.874, -81.476 UTM 461140, 4746990

Features: Features and programs at the Longwoods Road Conservation Area are enjoyed by over 30,000 visitors (including over 10,000 students) annually.

In 1972, the Ska-Nah-Doht Village, located within Longwoods Road Conservation Area was constructed. It features a village reflective of the Native settlements found along the river close to 1,000 years ago. This village, created with the information gathered by archaeologists and First Nation peoples, offers tours, workshops and an opportunity to see how First Nations people once lived. It is also a popular attraction for local residents and tourists alike. Amazingly in the 1980’s, archaeologists excavated 2 actual First Nations settlements at Longwoods, dating back to the same time period depicted through Ska-Nah-Doht. Artifacts from these ‘digs’ are housed and displayed at the Museum located in the Resource Centre which also has a souvenir gift shop and washrooms.

Conservation education and native studies programs for school classes, girl guides, boy scouts and other groups are available (nearly 200,000 students have participated in the Longwoods Road Conservation Area education experience since 1980). The Longwoods education programs are truly unique programs in the watershed with the Resource Centre at Longwoods Road being the only interpretive facility of its kind in the region. Special events are held throughout the year (Longwoods Road is the site of the annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Longwoods - War 1812. Five kilometres of marked hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, wheelchair accessible buildings and nature trails, marsh boardwalk, day use pavilion and barbecue for group picnics, snowshoe rental for schools and organized groups, three group camping areas – with hydro, firewood, serviced washrooms and water, log cabins for group programs, parking. Contact us for school and group bookings, group camping and pavilion reservations, tours, hours, fees, special events. Longwoods and Ska-Nah-Doht have seen visitors from around the world, traveling from over 24 countries! The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Foundation helps to support the education programs.

Natural Features: Provincially significant wetland, Carolinian forest and ravine system, Caradoc Sand Plain (a deposit of sand and gravel left from the delta in glacial Lake Whittlesey).