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DISTANCE:4.5 km round trip
TRAIL TYPE:Along relatively quiet country roads
DIFFICULTY:Good footing and level paved roads

The walk starts and ends in the hamlet of Osceola which has several fine brick homes, a grand St. Pius church and the nearby St. Joseph School built over a century ago when Osceola was an important commercial centre. This walk is along lightly travelled country roads in a rural area dotted with red-bricked farms. The Snake River, its marshes and the Upper Osceola Marsh are refuges for Blue Heron, Muskrat, Osprey and other wildlife that love a watery world.

How to get there
Drive along Hwy 17, 20 km south-east of Pembroke to Cobden. In the town turn west, drive along Cobden Rd (Cty Rd 8) for about 3 km, and at the intersection, take a right onto Micksburg Rd (Cty Rd 11) which takes you to Osceola. Park in front of the spired St. Pius Church, dated 1891.


  • Walk out of the village towards Micksburg.
  • Turn right onto Burwell Road. The road dips down to the Snake River where you have a good chance of seeing Blue Herons.
  • At Durack Line, turn right and take a look back as you make your way up the gentle hill. Pass by the well-kept St. Pius V Cemetery, established in 1843. At the back of the cemetery are graves from the end of the 19th century which have fine carvings of weeping willows, hands and roses.
  • Then turn right into the paved lane, Fitzpatrick Street, which brings you back to St. Pius Church.