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Modernized Entry System at Hillman Marsh

Leamington – The Essex Region Conservation Authority is making it easier for guests to pay for parking at Hillman Marsh Conservation Area this spring with the introduction of HonkMobile’s cloud-based technology.

“Guests can now simply scan a QR codes to pay for entry to the Conservation Area,” explains Kevin Money, Director of Conservation Services. “This will streamline the entry process which was previously very manual and time consuming, allowing visitors to enjoy their conservation experience more quickly and seamlessly.” Guests with a Seasonal Pass, a Spring Birding Pass or a three-day Pelee/Hillman Pass simply display them on their dash. These passes can be purchased online.

This fee supports the maintenance of the conservation area by keeping trails open, safe and accessible. Parking fees contribute to the repair and replacement of structures like boardwalks, viewing blinds and benches, as well as for upgrades to trails, educational signage, wetland management and safety features.

The entry fee to Hillman Marsh for the Shorebird Celebration, which spans May 1 – 21, is $10 per car. In May, birders come from around the world to witness the marvelous migration. The managed Shorebird habitat at Hillman Marsh, which features a covered viewing shelter and educational signage, is unique in North America. There are a number of activities included in the cost of admission, but pre-registration is required. Please visit ERCA’s website at to learn more.  

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is a public sector organization established by the Province of Ontario in 1973 and governed by local municipalities. For more than 50 years, it has delivered programs and services that further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in watersheds in the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region.  

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