Conservation Halton invites you to enjoy scenic lookouts, chairlift and wagon rides, fall colours activity pass, a haunted barn, children’s activities, food and much more during the annual Fall into Nature Festival. The event takes place over two weekends starting this Thanksgiving weekend (October 7 to 9) and then October 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
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.
The fall weather has finally arrived and it’s a great time of the year to get outside and enjoy the fall colours, and all the other happenings in the region. Conservation Halton parks feature spectacular lookouts from the Escarpment as well as trails where hikers can be surrounded by a canopy of reds, oranges, yellows and browns.
Fall into Nature event highlights
Fall into Nature activities take place each day (October 7 to 9 and 14, 15) during the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a variety of unique outdoor experiences including:
- Crawford Lake will feature On the Water, a unique art installation in the Crawford Lake woodlands.
- Kelso will be running chairlift rides from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of Fall into Nature to give you spectacular views of the fall colours, rides are $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for children/seniors.
- Kelso is also offering a Fall Colours Activity Pass with an all-inclusive pass for boating, low ropes activities and archery for $22.50/person or $80 for a group of four.
- Climb the rock face of the Niagara Escarpment, at Rattlesnake Point each day, with certified instructors from Zen Climb from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional fees are required, more info can be found through the link on the Rattlesnake Point page on www.fallintonature.ca.
- Mountsberg will also be running wagon rides which are $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children/seniors, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Horse-drawn wagon rides will also be offered at Crawford Lake on October 7 to 9 and at Hilton Falls on October 14 and 15; the rides are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. and cost $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children/seniors.
- At Crawford Lake, you can enjoy First Nations presentations with Chief Topleaf October 7 to 9 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. and on October 14-15 you can listen to folk music by the Playford Players from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Spooktacular featuring a Haunted Barn is on every weekend at Mountsberg. The barn has undergone a spooky transition, come see our talking pumpkins and other ghoulish fun.
More information and a schedule of events are available at www.fallintonature.ca.
Halton Forest Festival Public Day on Saturday, October 14
The Halton Forest Festival Public Day is at Rattlesnake Point on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The festival highlights the importance of trees and forests in our region. Activities include:
- Build your own bird nest box or native bee nest box,
- Try your hand at archery with our Ways of the Woods Staff,
- Test your lumberjack, speed, strength and teamwork with the Cross Saw Demonstration,
- Children can climb a tree with Tree Climb Canada,
- 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.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 fall colours. For more information, go to 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.