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Crawford Lake celebrates National Aboriginal Day on June 23

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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MILTON – Join us in celebration of Canada’s aboriginal heritage at Crawford Lake Conservation Area’s Aboriginal Awareness Day Festival. This year’s festival will take place on Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will include many activities and guest presenters in honour of First Nations Culture.

Chief Top Leaf (Albert McArdle) will inspire children of all ages as he shares the traditions and stories of Ontario’s Iroquoian peoples. The music and dancing of The White Pine Dancers will echo through the park at 2 p.m., in a fun, interactive presentation that will get you moving!

Visitors can continue their day of celebration as they walk along one of Crawford Lake’s hiking trails to a rare meromictic lake. Children can also take part in a craft, games and discovery hunt.

No day at Crawford Lake would be complete without a visit to the Visitor’s Centre to view the displays, pick up a hot dog at the barbecue, or explore the giftshop. The perfect end to a fun and exciting day of celebration!

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,

For more information on this event and all the other happenings at Conservation Halton Parks visit; to find out about recreational programs and services, go to

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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.

Media Contact:
Norm Miller
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 233