Canada’s first amphibian park, set up in 1995 to protect the gray tree frog (Hyla Versicolor), contains eight hectares of former gravel pit owned by the City of Fredericton and leased to the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.

Entrance to Hyla Park can be had off the Gibson Trail beside a wooden shelter and at the end of Victory Avenue. Parking is available across the Gibson Trail behind the Greenwood Drive Baptist Church at 150 Greenwood Drive.

Although the sound of spring peepers competes with the birdsong, the marsh ponds and trees along the marked trails offer the chance of encountering grebes, bitterns and flycatchers. At least one pair of Baltimore Orioles has recently bred in the park.

Red-winged Blackbird

Photo by David Lilly

Baltimore Oriole

Photo by David Lilly