December 21, 2017 CARLETON PLACE—With snow and sunshine in the forecast over the holiday season, why not plan to get outside and enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching, hiking and more at Morris Island and Mill of Kintail Conservation Areas?!
The Mill of Kintail near Almonte is a 154 acre property which boasts seven hiking trails ranging in distance from 2.9 kilometres to smaller loops of 200 to 750 metres.
“The Mill offers scenic views across field, forest and stream,” said Shannon Gutoskie, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s (MVCA) Community Relations Coordinator. “Grab the leash and take the dog for a brisk walk, or spend the day and pack a thermos of hot chocolate to enjoy in the covered picnic shelter.”
Morris Island, located in the City of Ottawa, offers 47 hectares of forested woodlands and wetlands that will appeal to nature enthusiasts of all ages.
“With a balance of both rugged and flat terrain, combined with amazing views of the Ottawa River, Morris Island is a ‘must-see’ if you’re looking to take a break from the holiday hustle and recharge,” said Gutoskie. “The site is also home to many wildlife species so keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and a variety of birds.”
Regardless of what outdoor winter activity you plan to do at one of MVCA’s conservation areas, there are a few tips to keep in mind to make your outing more enjoyable:
• Wear several thin layers rather than one heavy layer – it won’t take long for your body to heat up once you get moving
• Wear appropriate footwear
• Dress for the weather and keep extra clothes in your car in case you get wet
• Keep hydrated
• Exercise extreme caution around all water bodies. While they may appear frozen, fluctuating temperatures and moving water contribute to unsafe ice conditions. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses.
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