September 22, 2017 – Carleton Place — The fall season is arguably the best time of year to step into nature; cooler days, fewer bugs and spectacular scenery as the leaves change colour. The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) offers three unique settings across the watershed where visitors can explore the very best of what Mother Nature has to offer.
“Whether you’re looking to hike, bird watch, hone your photography skills or simply sit on a bench and take in your surroundings, the Mill of Kintail, Purdon and Morris Island Conservation Areas provide countless opportunities to enjoy this time of year in the outdoors,” said MVCA Community Relations Coordinator Shannon Gutoskie. “MVCA provides the public access to these conserved lands and recreational opportunities while promoting respect of the water and the environment.”
While famous for the thousands of Showy Lady’s Slipper Orchids that bloom in early summer, with the 1.3 kilometre hiking trail through a hardwood forest offering beautiful views of Purdon Lake, Purdon Conservation Area is an ideal “must-see” destination this fall.
If you’re looking to experience forest, field and stream, look no further than the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area. The 154 acre site offers a trail network winding through the diverse natural community promotes both physical activity and nature appreciation. The family-friendly site features a covered picnic shelter, fully accessible play structure and half basketball court.
Morris Island Conservation Area is located along the Ottawa River near the community of Fitzroy Harbour. This 47 hectare site consists of forested woodlands and wetlands that will appeal to nature enthusiasts of all ages. It’s managed by MVCA along with volunteers for day-use recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking, canoeing, fishing and natural interpretation.
Visitors are encouraged to visit www.mvc.on.ca/places-to-see to plan their next trip.
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.
Community Relations Coordinator
613-253-0006 ext. 225