Feel like watching a marsh harrier or yellow mercury? Cozy picnic along the water? Fishing for eels? The Zonnebrug offers a range of possibilities in a soothing nature!
From the bridge of the Sint-Jansstraat on the Leopold Canal in Sint-Jan-in-Eremo you can enjoy the best of the creeks: here you have a view of the Leopold Canal, the Bentillekreek, the Oostpolderkreek, and the Boerekreek.
The Boerekreek is six miles long and at its deepest point 22 meters deep. It is the largest creek in Zeeland Flanders and the Meetjesland. Water sports on the creek is reserved for the Provincial Sports Centre The Boerekreek. Do not swim here, but enjoy the peace on the water even more. This large lake is a nature reserve. Especially during the winter you can see here the most rare waterfowl gather.
At the café's Roste Muis excels the Oudeman Creek. The Roste Muis is a popular resting place for cyclists and walkers. In the beautiful Oudeman Creek is a flatboat . With this boath one catches eel in the creeks. There is only one flatboat left which is still active on the Meetjeslandse creeks. You can also go here for demonstrations of the eel catch. You can venture on the long fishing pier and enjoy the breathtaking views of the creek and the nearby picturesque church of Sint-Jan-in-Eremo.
In the Oudeman Creek also sports an artwork of sculptor Chris Ferket: When the fox preaches, farmer watch your geese.
It is a subtle reference to Elmare, the monastery from the medieval novel "Reynard the Fox". This monastery is said to have been somewhere in the polders and engulfed by the rising sea.
At the height of the Oostpolder Creek you'll find on the banks of the creek a quiet place where you can take a break during your cycling or hiking. At the same time, you can learn more about eels in the creeks, on fish migration and water management in the polder. You can also visit this place with a guide.
The sea is still palpable in the creek area. Many of the grasslands are briny and harboring a typical fauna with salt-tolerant plants such as samphire. Thousands of white-fronted geese and small swans overwinter here.
Nice walks or bike rides in this region can be found at: