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Fall into Nature starts October 4 and 5, 2014

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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 two weekends starting this Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, and finishing on Thanksgiving weekend (October 11 to 13). Fall into Nature is happening at Conservation Halton’s seven main parks: Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Kelso, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point, Mount Nemo, and Robert Edmondson Conservation Areas.

Enjoy the fall colours
There are so many ways to enjoy the vibrant fall colours and cool, crisp air. Before you leave home, be sure to visit www.fallintonature.ca, and click on scenic views for some suggestions on where best to see the fall colours.

Thanks to the Niagara Escarpment, there are many different vantage points in many of the Conservation Halton parks from which to enjoy the autumn foliage with spectacular lookouts. Follow the markers at each park for some of our most popular scenic lookouts. At Kelso, you can enjoy a unique view with a chairlift ride to the top of the Escarpment.

Or take a stroll along our trails to immerse yourself in a canopy of reds, oranges, yellows and browns. You can take a wagon ride at Hilton Falls through the woods on October 4 and 5, and at Crawford Lake on Thanksgiving weekend (October 11 to 13). Wagon rides are $3 for adults and $2 for children.

Fall into Nature event highlights
Fall into Nature activities take place each day (October 4, 5 and 11 to 13) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a variety of unique outdoor experiences including:

  • Photography Workshops at Mountsberg on October 4, 5, 11 and 12 (Birds of Prey) and October 13 (Barnyard Creatures) led by professional photographers Serena Livingston-Moorhead and Mandi Miles. These workshops are suitable for beginner photographers; cost is $15 plus all applicable taxes, visit www.fallintonature.ca to register.
  • Have you always wanted to try rock climbing? Climb the rock face of the Niagara Escarpment, at Rattlesnake Point each day, with certified instructors from Zen Climb. You can try it for $30 or $25/person for a group of four or more, participants must be nine years of age or older.
  • For the kids, check out the Pumpkin Passport to Discovery and Playbarn at Mountsberg, make a bird feeder at Hilton Falls or decorate a pumpkin at Kelso. Mountsberg is part of Halton Region’s Pumpkin Trail. Learn all about pumpkins while on this self-guided tour with stops throughout Halton, for more information go to www.halton.ca/pumpkintrail.
  • At Crawford Lake, you can explore the recently opened Deer Clan Longhouse and enjoy shows by First Nations Dancers on October 4 and 5, and First Nations Presentations with Chief Topleaf October 11 to 13.
  • Meet PACHI the Porcupine, the official mascot of Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games on Saturday, October 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kelso.

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 Forest Festival on October 4 and 5
The Halton Forest Festival Public Days are at Rattlesnake Point on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5. The festival highlights the importance of trees and forests in our region. One of the most exciting events is the Lumberjack Show, led by the Lumberjack Company, at 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The show includes speed chopping, fire building, chain saw carving and wood splitting in fun, family entertainment format.

There will be Children’s Tree Climb on Saturday, October 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by Maple Hill Tree Services and on Sunday, October 5, the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club will lead guided hikes at 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. You can also 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, visit www.haltonforestfestival.ca/publicday.

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 more information, go to www.conservationhalton.ca or www.haltonparks.ca.

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.

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.

Fall into Nature is made possible in part through the generous support of the Government of Ontario Celebrate Ontario Program and Nature Unexpected Hamilton Halton Brant.