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Discover Brampton’s Natural Heritage System!

​BRAMPTON, ON (August 30, 2021) – Brampton is full of nature for all to explore – but what on Earth is a Natural Heritage System (NHS)? When you visit parks or greenspaces with natural features in Brampton, you are in our city’s NHS!


A part of the valley lands of the Etobicoke Creek, Loafer’s Lake Park is one of many parks that are part of Brampton’s NHS.

Brampton’s NHS is a network of naturalized lands and waters, including woodlands, valleys, wetlands, lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and meadows. These features, linked by natural and restored corridors, make up our beautiful city’s natural landscape.


Andrew McCandless Park is another park that is connected to Brampton’s NHS, featuring trails along a wetland, naturalized bioswales and stormwater pond.

The NHS provides benefits and vital services to our community, such as keeping our air and water clean, maintaining biodiversity, reducing flooding, providing recreational opportunities and beautiful places to visit, and absorbing and storing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Discover Brampton’s NHS today! Brampton’s NHS is widely accessible through trails and parks where you can enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of connecting with nature. Learn more about our NHS and see a map at


Creditview Sandalwood Park is a part of Brampton’s NHS, featuring woodlands and wetlands.

The Natural Heritage System and Stormwater Survey and the Natural Heritage System Photo Contest are now open! Complete the survey and share your photos of Brampton’s NHS and you could win a prize.

Natural Heritage System and Stormwater Survey
What on earth is a “Natural Heritage System?” Take our brief survey about the City’s natural features and stormwater system. Share your experiences with our natural areas and how you think we can improve them. Complete the survey and you will be entered to win a prize! Click here to take the survey.

Natural Heritage System Photo Contest
Share your photos of Brampton’s NHS with us for a chance to win a 13-piece BBQ set! Winners will be announced in September. Submit a photo to or post to social media using the hashtag #BramptonNHS. Be sure to include your name and photo location. Click here for full contest details.


Christine Sharma
Media Relations, City of Brampton
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