by Neil Carleton
Being at the Mill of Kintail on Saturday, December 15th, was proof positive for first time or frequent visitors. What a treasure we have in our community.
The Mill, located along the Indian River at 2854 Ramsay Concession 8 in Mississippi Mills, is operated by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. Yesterday’s event was the annual and very popular Kintail County Christmas. With bright sunshine, rosy cheeks, and so much to see and do outside and in, there were plenty of sparkling eyes, big smiles, and warm hearts.
In the bright December sunshine, fiddle music could be heard when the front door of the Mill opened. There was also the sound of excited children carrying photos that showed them perched on Santa’s knee. Inside was story telling by the fire and carol singing too.
Volunteers make the world go ‘round, and perhaps there’s a way you’d like to help out at the Mill of Kintail during the year, or at the next Kintail Country Christmas. Along with the display collections of the internationally renowned Drs. McKenzie and Naismith, the site includes:
- an extensive network of trails to hike, ski, or snowshoe;
- a fitness trail with activity stations;
- the Gatehouse Conference Center;
- the Cloister-on-the-hill for wedding ceremonies; and
- the Education Center for school programs and the Young Naturalists Club of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists.
For additional information about the Mill of Kintail, visit http://www.mvc.on.ca/conservation-areas/mill-of-kintail., or call Stephanie Kolsters, Museum Curator, 613-256-3610.
News and information about the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, including the Young Naturalists Club, Monday morning hikes, canoe outings, and lecture series, is available at the MVFN’s website http://mvfn.ca/.