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A North Grenville Nature Trail to Discover – Ferguson Forest Centre

A North Grenville Nature Trail to Discover - Ferguson Forest Centre

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 9 – Recreation, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: The Friends of the Ferguson Forest Centre

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The Friends of the Ferguson Forest Centre is comprised of a volunteer board of directors, public members, and community volunteers & sponsors, who:
. support the public recreational spaces of Ferguson Forest Centre
. support the preservation of this exceptional setting for future generations
. support the development of the Arboretum
. form a strong community voice for the maintenance and conservation of Ferguson’s public recreational lands

Some of the activities include: Outdoor Education, Trails & Recreation, and Community Events

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Spring on the Greenbelt’s Trails – Stony Swamp

Spring on the Greenbelt’s Trails - Stony Swamp

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: The National Capital Commission

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Stony Swamp, southwest of Ottawa, features a network of beaver ponds, wetlands and forests. This area offers over 40 kilometres of trails — more than in any other section of the Greenbelt. In addition, you will find wetland boardwalks and interpretive exhibits on geology and natural history.

Stony Swamp is the most ecologically diverse protected area in the Ottawa Valley.
The swamp’s bedrock dates back to Precambrian times, the earliest geological era. Stony Swamp is classified as a provincially significant wetland and an  Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI).

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Spring on the Greenbelt’s Trails – Pine Grove

Spring on the Greenbelt’s Trails - Pine Grove

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: The National Capital Commission

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Pine Grove is the largest forest in the Greenbelt, and is a mixture of tree plantations and natural forests.

Located in the south end of Ottawa, Pine Grove offers 18.4 kilometres of hiking and cross-country ski trails, and 9.6 kilometres of trails for horseback riding ($). It’s also ideal for bike rides and picnics. Take a self-guided tour along the forestry interpretation trail (trail 43) and learn about tree types at the tree-identification arboretum. For dog lovers, this area is home to Conroy Pit, a popular off-leash dog park.

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Spring on the Greenbelt’s Trails – Shirleys Bay

Spring on the Greenbelt’s Trails - Shirleys Bay

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 7 – Waste, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: The National Capital Commission

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Shirleys Bay, to the west of Ottawa, is a provincially significant wetland and the largest marshland in the Greenbelt. It’s also one of the best spots in Canada’s Capital Region for birdwatching. The bay is an old channel of the Ottawa River, and it has a launch for small boats. Within the conservation area, there are seven kilometres of hiking trails and two recreational paths: the Watts Creek Pathway and the Greenbelt Pathway West.

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Spring on the Greenbelt’s Trails – Green’s Creek

Spring on the Greenbelt’s Trails - Green's Creek

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: The National Capital Commission

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The steep, forested slopes of Green’s Creek, and the narrow, clay-based flood plain provide an important wildlife corridor. This corridor extends south from the Ottawa River to inland habitats, and crosses developed agricultural and urban lands. The creek also supports a wide variety of provincially and regionally rare species, including probably the largest Canadian population of the rare cattail sedge.

Things to do at Green’s Creek

The area contains 5.5 kilometres of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The Greenbelt Pathway offers 4.6 kilometres for cycling and in-line skating, and connects to the Ottawa River Pathway. In winter, the toboggan hill provides fun for the whole family.

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An Ottawa nature trail to discover – Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest

An Ottawa nature trail to discover – Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: The National Capital Commission

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

This conservation area in the Greenbelt contains a unique natural feature: Ottawa’s only inland sand dune complex.

The Pinhey sand dune complex extends from Woodroffe Avenue just south of the Nepean Sportsplex to the intersection of Grenfell Crescent and Burnbank Street. The vegetation in Pinhey Forest was established on old postglacial sand dunes. This unique ecosystem is home to a number of plant and animal species that can live only in well-drained, open areas with exposed, fine-grained sand.

Pinhey Forest is named after the man who donated the land in 1948, with the intention that it be used to demonstrate land conservation practices. Since 2011, the NCC has been working to restore this 10,000-year-old sand dune ecosystem.

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An Ottawa nature trail to discover – Mer Bleue Bog

An Ottawa nature trail to discover - Mer Bleue Bog

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: The National Capital Commission

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The Mer Bleue Bog in Ottawa is one of the most outstanding natural features of the Greenbelt. The 3,500-hectare conservation area has a northern eco-system more typical of the Arctic than Ottawa Valley.

At Mer Bleue you will find interpretive boardwalks, sand ridges, cross-country ski trails and forests. Mer Bleue is the largest bog and natural area in Canada’s Capital Region and the second-largest bog in southern Ontario.

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Cornerstone Organics – CSA Local. Sustainable. Organic.

Cornerstone Organics - CSA  Local. Sustainable. Organic.

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Cornerstone Organics – CSA

Timeline for Completion: Started 2010 Ongoing

Objective:

We connect people with healthy, local food.

For over a decade, we’ve focused on the production of high-quality foods for our local community.

Cornerstone Organics believes in the importance of real, nourishing food. For us, building a local food system and taking the chemicals out of farming requires cooperation between farmers and customers.

We believe in growing wholesome chemical-free food and getting it on as many table in the community as possible.

We want everyone in our community to enjoy what is grown right here in the Seaway Valley and help our customers feel confident that what they are eating is the healthiest and tastiest they can find.

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Garden Box Program in Cornwall helps food bank users become self sufficient

Garden Box Program in Cornwall helps food bank users become self sufficient

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: The Agapè Centre, City of Cornwall, and Cornerstone Organics

Timeline for Completion: Started 2021

Objective:

The Agapè Centre has a new, free vegetable garden program for clients.

“This year, we are proud to offer a brand-new program to current Agapè Centre clients. We are supplying our clients with everything they’ll need to grow their own vegetables at home,” read an Agapè Centre statement. “This program will increase our clients’ access to healthy food. It will be a project they can enjoy all summer. And it is entirely free.”

Clients will be supplied with a wooden box for the garden, compost and soil, and starter seeds/seedlings. Ensuring space on your property and permission from a landlord (if renting) is necessary. Donations towards the initiative including seeds, are welcome.

This project has gotten so big that high school students have been recruited to help with the project. Tagwi Secondary School in Avonmore has a nice wood shop and volunteered to help make the boxes for the Agapè Centre.

“We are a non-profit, donation-based organization. Everything we do supports our goal to reduce hunger in Cornwall — to feed our clients,” read the statement. “It is heartwarming to see so much interest in this program.”

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Bat House Program – Wesley Clover Parks

Bat House Program - Wesley Clover Parks

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Wesley Clover Parks and Canadian Wildlife Federation

Timeline for Completion: Started 2017 Ongoing

Objective:

In 2017 Wesley Clover Parks began our partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Bat House Program, HelpTheBats.ca. Help the Bats focuses on protecting the bat populations in Canada by encouraging groups in learning about Canadian bat species and the current threats to their survival, which includes habitat loss and white nose syndrome. One way of doing this is to provide alternative roosting sites for bats with bat houses.

Wesley Clover Parks now has four bat houses to aid in the survival of the endangered Little Brown Bat. These bat houses will offer a space for the Little Brown Bat to roost during the spring and have its pups over the summer, giving its pups a chance for survival.

For additional information on bats and the Bat House Program, please visit helpthebats.ca

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