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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Escape the city and enjoy Fall into Nature’s final weekend

One of the unique aspects of living in this area is the transition between the four seasons, each with its own defining moments. We know that spring is on the way when we spot our first robin, longer days and warmer nights mean summer is around the corner. But there is only one season that announces its arrival (and departure) in a dramatic burst of colourful glory, and that is fall.

Conservation Halton is pleased to present Fall into Nature to celebrate the spectacular landscapes and colours of fall. We are fortunate to have, just a short drive away, an abundance of natural areas with rolling hills, and the Niagara Escarpment to showcase the array of reds, oranges, yellows and browns.

Fall into Nature -Trails
Fall into Nature kicked off this past Thanksgiving weekend and more than 30,000 visitors enjoyed the warm weather, fall colours and the happenings at our parks. The event continues this weekend, October 15 and 16, with activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all six of Conservation Halton's main parks: Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Kelso, Mount Nemo, Mountsberg and Rattlesnake Point Conservation Areas.

See what our parks have to offer
Fall into Nature is a wonderful opportunity to see all of the parks in their fall splendour. Each park has a Welcome Centre to let you know what’s happening that day and a detailed schedule of events is available online.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of unique outdoor experiences including:
  • Chairlift rides to the top of the escarpment with spectacular views
  • Self-guided and interpreter led tours through our many trails and landscapes
  • Tractor-drawn wagon rides through the parks
  • Educational and interactive programs (visit an Iroquoian Village, learn about the science of nature)
  • Live performances (music, First Nations dancers)
  • Demonstrations (Bird of Prey shows, reptile shows, mountain biking)
  • Gate entry
  • Various other activities for children, barbeques, and more.
Take a ride on the Fall Bus Tour and lunch is on us!
Sit back and enjoy the ride as we take you on a guided Fall into Nature bus tour on October 15 and 16. The tour will take you to three distinctive parks, Kelso, Crawford Lake and Mountsberg, where you will learn about the area’s natural and cultural history, while enjoying a variety of special events. 

Seats are still available for both days, your full-day bus tour will include:

View from Kelso Chairlift ride

  • Chairlift ride at Kelso to enjoy autumn views along the escarpment, with a guided walk to learn about the landscape from spectacular vantage points
  • Barbeque lunch
  • Stop at Crawford Lake for a feature presentation with Iroquoian Dancers and an opportunity to tour the village
  • Birds of Prey Demonstration and Wildlife Walkway at Mountsberg
The Fall Bus Tour is $30 per person (including taxes) and will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., departing from Kelso. Book online or call 905-854-2276.

Forest Festival at Rattlesnake Point
On Saturday, October 15, Conservation Halton will hold its inaugural Forest Festival at Rattlesnake Point. Come out and celebrate the International Year of Forests and learn about the importance of trees and forests in our region.

Enjoy interactive displays on the use of forest products, horse logging demonstrations timber sports, guided hikes and more activities. There will also be a display of some of the region’s native snakes from Mountsberg between noon and 3 p.m.

A wide area of cultural and family fun activities
Mount Nemo
Fall into Nature also has cultural activities which will open a door into the past for all to learn more about the rich history of this region and showcase local talent. There will be live performances with a variety of music and First Nations Dancers at Crawford Lake. Drummers and non-drummers of all ages are invited to join the open drum circle at Hilton Falls.

A wide array of activities for all ages and interests are being offered at Fall into Nature. Have fun with harvest themed games, discovery hunts and crafts for kids. Explore the PlayBarn at Mountsberg, build a pinecone birdfeeder at Hilton Falls, do a craft, or enter the pumpkin raffle at Crawford Lake.

Enjoy a fall road trip from park to park
The fall colours in Halton Region are accentuated with our region’s many country roads, rolling terrain, and of course the Niagara Escarpment. As you travel through Escarpment Country during Fall into Nature, there are many other great attractions in our area, such as shops, local artisans, and numerous farms with fresh produce.

While enjoying Fall into Nature, be sure to check out other local destinations such as Campbellville, which offers shopping and dining opportunities. Or, enjoy the fruits of the harvest season with a visit to Springridge Farm, Stonehaven Farms, Chudleigh’s, or any of the farmer’s markets throughout the region.

More about Fall into Nature
During Fall into Nature visitors will also be able to enjoy the regular activities and programs available at Conservation Halton parks. Park visitors who purchase a one-day park entry during the festival will receive a Fall into Nature passport valid for one full day’s admission to all six parks. Show your passport on subsequent days and receive a 20 per cent discount on your entry.

Visit www.conservationhalton.ca and www.fallintonature.ca for event details and be sure to come our parks and experience the best of the season.

Fall into Nature is made possible in part through the generous support of the Government of Ontario Celebrate Ontario Program. Conservation Halton launched its first Fall into Nature festival in 2009 and over 28,000 people attended, last year over 45,000 people attended.

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Guest Blogger, Norm Miller, Conservation Halton


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