Komoka Provincial Park
This provincial park straddles the municipal boundaries of the City of London and Municipality of Middlesex Centre. Land acquisition began in the early 1970s, and 198 hectares were regulated in 1989 under the former Provincial Parks Act. The park protects a portion of the Thames River, a Canadian Heritage River in addition to significant natural heritage features including species at risk.
The park provides low-intensity, self-interpretive day-use recreational opportunities for visitors, including hiking and nature appreciation, wildlife viewing, and photography.
The park's trail system is accessible year round and is considered a near-urban provincial park. Users can experience nature and sense of solitude minutes from their homes. In addition, the park protects significant natural heritage resources in a highly developed area of the province for the benefit of future generations.
Representatives of the management planning advisory committee included Chippewa of the Thames First Nation, Municipality of Middlesex Centre, City of London, University of Western Ontario, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, Nature London, Thames Valley Trail Association, Middlesex Stewardship Committee, London Canoe Club and community groups.
The park is important to local residents and visitors as it is an easily accessible space that provides high quality outdoor recreation opportunities.
Management planning for the park was completed in 2010. The plan contains policies that will direct the long-term management of the site including resource, recreation management, development, operations policies, and implementation priorities. Management planning involved planners, ecologists, biologists, and operations specialists. Implementation of the plan will continue to involve these specialists in addition to engineers, educators, and resource managers.