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Snowflakes and Snowsnakes at Crawford Lake offers winter fun on Family Day weekend

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MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 7, 2013

MILTON – Celebrate the wonders of winter at Snowflakes and Snowsnakes at Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Join staff on Family Day Weekend, February 16 to 18, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for three special days of fun winter activities.

Get out and enjoy winter at Snowflakes and Snowsnakes. You can hike, snowshoe or ski the snow-covered trails, gather around a toasty fire to roast marshmallows and try some Hemlock Tea, make a bird feeder, go on a winter discovery hunt to win prizes, and tour the longhouses in Crawford Lake’s 15th century reconstructed Iroquoian Village and heritage site.

Children will enjoy viewing the Race of the Snowsnake video, and will have the opportunity to try their hand at this traditional First Nations sport. Visitors will also be able to discover snowshoeing up in the village with instruction from a staff member on their history and use. Or, if you prefer try snowshoeing at your own pace by renting a pair from the Visitor’s Centre.

Join one of our park staff to discover the bounty of the forest in winter. Take a guided hike to learn about survival in the winter, make a shelter and learn traditional fire making methods. Check out the gift shop and displays in the Visitor’s Centre

Although some activities are snow dependent, our winter celebration will take place regardless of the weather, so come join in the fun! Regular park admission applies for this event, and the festivities are free for children ages 4 years and under. Conservation Halton Annual Members only need to show their pass for admission.

About Crawford Lake Conservation Area

Crawford Lake is located at the corner of Guelph Line and Conservation Road (formerly Steeles Avenue) 15 km north of the QEW, and 5 km south of the 401 in Milton. The pristine waters of Crawford Lake have drawn people to its shores for hundreds of years. The rare lake, with surrounding boardwalk, is nestled in lush forests atop the stunning Niagara Escarpment where visitors can watch soaring turkey vultures glide through the Nassagaweya Canyon.

You can step back in time and explore the 15th century Iroquoian Village that has been reconstructed on its original site at Crawford Lake. The spirits still sing in the longhouses where tools, animal hides and the smell of smoke let you experience the rich history of Ontario’s First Peoples. Crawford Lake’s Customer Service staff can be reached by telephone at 905-854-0234, ext. 3200, or by e-mail, crawlake@hrca.on.ca. For more information on this event and all the other happenings at Conservation Halton Parks visit www.conservationhalton.ca/events; to find out about recreational programs and services, go to www.haltonparks.ca.

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Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.

Event Contact:
Customer Service, Crawford Lake Conservation Area
Telephone: 905-854-0234, Ext. 3200
E-mail: crawlake@hrca.on.ca

Media Contact:
Norm Miller
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 233
E-mail: nmiller@hrca.on.ca
Website: www.conservationhalton.ca