What to do on a rainy day in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the biggest little city on Cape Breton Island? Not enough time to drive all the way to Cape Breton Park, so we opted for a walk in Open Hearth Park, formerly a hazardous waste area created by runoff of coke sludge from the large steel manufacturing plant in Sydney. The transformation completed in 2013 is impressive, with a clear, fresh water stream flowing through wide expanses of prairie grasses and forbs.
Muggah Creek was once clogged with tar pits that formed from the runoff of coke sludge from the steel mill. Tailings of coal mines are still visible along the creek.
Sydney produced great quantities of steel for England bound convoys in both WW1 and WW2, but the steel mill finally ceased production in 2001.
Replanted evergreen, birch, and prairie plants has changed the landscape here dramatically.
Several species of aster were blooming in Open Hearth Park.
Wildflowers at Open Hearth Park
Canada Geese where they belong…in Canada
Black Ducks are rarely seen in MN, but are common here. They look like Mallards but have yellow instead of orange bills, and a black eye stripe.
Muggah Creek is a tidal estuary, largely salt water here at its mouth on the Atlantic shore.