As the school year draws to a close, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is encouraging families to discover its three historically significant natural areas in the Mississippi Valley watershed this summer.
“Purdon, Mill of Kintail and Morris Island Conservation Areas are conveniently located a short drive from the city and are open to the public at little or no cost,” said Shannon Gutoskie, MVCA Community Relations Coordinator. “Mississippi Valley provides the public access to these conserved lands and recreational opportunities while promoting respect of the water and the environment.”
The Showy Lady’s Slipper orchids that draw thousands of visitors to Purdon Conservation Area every year are at their peak. Stroll along the fully accessible boardwalk for an up close view of the flowers, Joe Purdon’s legacy; enjoy birding along this rare fen wetland and see endangered species regenerating such as the tree-kissing woodpecker and butternut trees; or, challenge yourself on self-guided hikes through a hardwood forest.
With its sold out summer camp and highly anticipated weekly Tea on the Lawn hosted by the Ramsay Women’s Institute, the Mill of Kintail promises to be a hub of activity all summer long. Participate in hands-on workshops; discover the life and times of Dr. R. Tait McKenzie and Dr. James Naismith at the grist mill museum; shoot some hoops on the fully accessible basketball court; and, get some exercise with a hike on the forest trails and fitness route.
Take a break from the everyday hustle and bustle and refresh your mind at Morris Island Conservation Area. This 47 hectare site near the community of Fitzroy Harbour consists of forested woodlands and wetlands that will appeal to nature enthusiasts of all ages for day-use recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking, canoeing, fishing and natural interpretation.
MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit www.mvc.on.ca, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.