Conservation Halton invites you to enjoy the spectacular landscapes and colours of fall during the annual Fall into Nature Festival. The events take place over five days on Thanksgiving weekend (October 12 to 14) and the following weekend, October 19 and 20, at Conservation Halton’s seven main parks: Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Kelso, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point, Mount Nemo, and Robert Edmondson Conservation Areas.
Residents and visitors alike are invited to join us in celebrating autumn at this fun filled festival! Activities take place each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a variety of unique outdoor experiences including:
- Take part in Photography Workshops at Mountsberg on October 12 (Fall Colours), October 19 (Barnyard Creatures), and October 20 (Birds of Prey). These workshops are suitable for beginner photographers; cost is $15 plus all applicable taxes, visit www.fallintonature.ca to register.
- Discover the new Hide and Seek Trail at Crawford Lake with carving demonstrations during the launch of the trail October 19 and 20. Learn about the art of chainsaw carving from local artists as they carve sculptures of species at risk.
- Have you always wanted to try rock climbing? Climb the rock face of the Niagara Escarpment, at Rattlesnake Point, with certified instructors. You can try it for $30, participants must be 9 years of age or older.
- Look, listen and learn about First Nations culture at Crawford Lake with Chief Top Leaf (October 12 to 14) and First Nation’s Dancers (October 19 and 20).
- Enjoy spectacular autumn views of the fall colours with a chairlift ride to the top of the escarpment at Kelso or from scenic viewpoints at Rattlesnake Point and Mount Nemo.
- Take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the forest to see the fall colours. Wagon rides are being offered October 12 to 14 Crawford Lake, and October 19 to 20 at Hilton Falls. Purchase your wagon ride tickets at the parks’ visitor centres ($3/adult, $2/child).
As part of Halton Region’s new Pumpkin Trail visit Mountsberg and take part in the Pumpkin Passport to Discovery. Learn all about pumpkins while on this self-guided tour of the parks. When you have visited all of the Pumpkin Trail stations, you can win a fun prize.
On Saturday, October 19, Conservation Halton will host the Halton Forest Festival at Rattlesnake Point to highlight the importance of trees and forests in our region. Spend the day outside, watch a lumberjack show, participate in our children’s activities, build your own bird house, try your hand at archery, or take an informative hike through the amazing forest at Rattlesnake Point and learn a little about what makes it so important and special. To find more information on the Forest Festival Public Day, including all the activities, visitwww.haltonforestfestival.ca/publicday.
During Fall into Nature visitors will also be able to enjoy the regular activities and programs available at Conservation Halton parks. Be sure to check out the amazing Birds of Prey demonstrations at Mountsberg or travel back in time to the Iroquoian Village at Crawford Lake.
At Fall into Nature, each park has an Information Tent to let you know what’s happening that day and a detailed schedule of events is available at www.fallintonature.ca.
Halton Parks offer plenty for you to do
Conservation Halton’s parks have more than 100 km of trails and offer some incredible views along the Niagara Escarpment to enjoy the fall colours. There is an abundance of natural areas with beautiful forests, rolling hills, and the Niagara Escarpment to showcase the array of reds, oranges, yellows and browns.
For Fall into Nature regular park admission applies, which provides full day entry to all seven parks, and Halton Parks members only need to show their pass for admission. Park visitors will receive a Fall into Nature guide which contains a schedule of events and a coupon to receive a 20 per cent discount on subsequent visits during the festival.
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 more than 28,000 people attended, last year more than 40,000 people attended.