|Swimming at Bronte Creek|
Bring a picnic lunch, even a barbeque, and spend the day here. There are excellent washroom and change room facilities as well as a snack bar for ice cream and cold drinks.
|Bunnies by Barbara Orr|
|Bees by Barbara Orr|
Bronte Creek's Natural Heritage Education team has created some innovative programs this summer that will delight young nature lovers. Every day sees something exciting to do. The Nature Centre is open daily, and many of the organized activities start and end here. There are walks and talks that explore the curious life of squirrels - What do they eat? Where do they sleep? And where do they disappear in the winter? All the questions are answered in this activity.
At 1 pm on Mondays, there is pond study, where young explorers grab nets and inspect the little creatures in the park's ponds.
Even the wee ones have fun. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am, there's a 'Tykes’ Hike' for kids five and under, to explore the world of trees, or to learn the difference between a toad and a frog.
Hike, bike or roller blade the trails of Bronte Creek this summer to discover the beauty of the natural landscape and enjoy the wildlife - and get some good exercise while you do it. There are four nature trails which connect to many kilometres of footpaths.
Maiden's Blush Trail is a one kilometre paved trail that passes through mature forests and is ideal for taking young children on a manageable walk. It is also wheelchair accessible.
For a more challenging hike, try Half Moon Trial, a 2 km trail with some steep climbs.
For a guide to the trails, you can download an MP3 audio guide from the park's website.
Every Friday night the Campground Amphitheatre comes alive with fun. Park Naturalist Cathy will tell you everything about owls and their nefarious activities after the sun goes down. Or there may be music from the past, Victorian songs that predate modern music but are easy to sing along with.
Check out www.BronteCreek.org for more information about special educational programs, entrance fees, hours and special events.
It is a truism perhaps, but we never fully appreciate our own turf. That was underlined for me during a recent visit to
The village is a perfect day excursion for children and adults, followed by a picnic on the grounds and perhaps an afternoon walk around the lake or a hike along one of the many trials.
A Rare Geological Oddity
|photo credit Barbara Orr|
|Gift Shop by Barbara Orr|
Notice: The Turtle Clan Longhouse at Crawford Lake Conservation Area is being re-roofed and restored from June 30, 2011 to mid – August, 2011. The longhouse will be inaccessible to park visitors during this time, but the Wolfclan Longhouse remains open.
© Barbara Ramsay Orr, Guest Blogger