F.W.R. Dickson Wilderness Area




Who was F.W.R. Dickson?

Garmin GPSmap CSxAfter serving in World War One, F.W.R. Dickson became a science teacher at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School for forty-one years before retiring in 1965. Mr. Dickson was involved with the plans for the Doon Heritage Village (The Waterloo Region Museum is the entrance to Doon Heritage Village.) He was an active volunteer with the Waterloo Historical Society.

F.W.R. Dickson (1898-1984), was a descendant of a pioneer Waterloo County farmer, served in World War I, graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College and the College of Education and taught science at the Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School for forty-one years. He was director of the Academic School and football coach. He retired in 1965. His research and knowledge of pioneers proved invaluable to the Waterloo County Hall of Fame. He edited the Waterloo Historical Society's annual volumes for twenty-five years. The Waterloo Region Nature, in conjunction with the Grand Valley Conservation Authority, named eighty-three acres, "The F.W.R. Dickson Wilderness Area" in recognition of his outstanding service. Mr. Dickson is also a Waterloo Region Hall of Fame iinductee.

His interest in photography resulted in a very valuable collection of slides of historic Waterloo County buildings. He gave hundreds of free illustrated talks on Waterloo County history and natural history continuing his valuable work as a historian.

Where is F.W.R. Dickson Wilderness Area?

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FWR Dickson GPS Track Map


FWR Dickson Loop


FWR Dickson Loop


Ckickadee eats sunflower seeds from hand.

Trail Description/Choices (5.5 km or 2.2 km)

If you follow the entire GPS track (i.e. A to D, back to B & B to A) the walk will be about 5.5 km. If you are a regular walker you will find it easy. The main walk takes you half way around the main pond at FWRD before you head across at B [43.285237,-80.393626] an open grassy field, along a fence row, through a woodlot, around part of Wrigley's Lake, across Wrigley Road, through a parking lot (C) to Bannister Lake and the observation tower (D) [43.294270,-80.385400].


There are numerous banded chickadees, especially along the boardwalks, that will land on your extended hand (head, shoulder, etc.) if you have a few sunflower seeds to offer. Since other walkers may be along soon after, it is not good practice to leave piles of seeds for the birds. Binoculars, especially at the observation tower at Bannister Lake, may be useful. The family dog must be on a leash at all times and the expectation is that you practice "stoop, scoop, carry out the poop".

If you have small children, you may wish to leave out the walk over to Bannister Lake and back (i.e. the B to D segment that is about 3.7 km round trip). Instead you could walk around the pond (A to B + B to A) a total of about 2.2 km - see the "short" track below. Note that there is a path on the south west side of the pond and that path is not shown on the image above.

We walk this loop year round. Note that some of the slopes may be very icy in the winter. Also, due to the proximity of water the potential for mosquitoes is high in warmer weather.

Parking lot 01 is located at 43.279788,-80.395916 <> Parking lot 02 is located at 43.292252,-80.385870

GPS Tracks for Download

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FWRDickson.gpx 5.5 km OR FWRDicksonShort.gpx 2.2 km OR FWRDicksonLoop.kml - 5.5 km