Step into nature
There are endless opportunities to get outside and step into nature in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry.
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) maintains a network of local natural spaces, providing ample opportunities for family and group adventures.
Charlottenburgh Park, located on the St. Lawrence River just 19 kilometres east of Cornwall along County Road 2, is now open for the season. The park offers a beach, playground, nature trails, camping sites, and more. Surrounded by trees and wildlife, un-serviced and serviced lots along with a camping cabin offer campers an opportunity to relax and connect with nature. Seasonal campers also enjoy the park’s serenity all summer long. Bookings can be made online at www.rrca.on.ca
Cooper Marsh Conservation Area, also located east of Cornwall along County Road 2, is open yearround, but is a popular destination come spring as it comes to life with frogs, birds, and turtles that can be found along the nature trails and boardwalks.
“Visitors will notice many recent upgrades to the Marsh including new nesting platforms, viewing blinds, and ponds. Cooper Marsh attracts visitors from all over Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec; we are proud to offer local eco-tourism opportunities,” says Lisa Van De Ligt, RRCA Communications Specialist.
Closer to Cornwall is Gray’s Creek Conservation Area located at the corner of Highway 2 and Boundary Road. It is a hub for boating, cycling, and hiking and is a popular destination for large group gatherings at the picnic area and shelter.
“We are proud to offer many local opportunities for the public and large groups to access and get upclose with nature. All of our parks can accommodate large group bookings from family picnics to school groups. Contact us today to plan your 2019 summer adventures,” adds Ms. Van De Ligt.
Visit rrca.on.ca to reserve a campsite or boat slips, and for more information on RRCA parks. For more information or to book a group event, contact Lisa Van De Ligt, 613-938-3611, ext. 223, or [email protected]
local upper- and lower-tiers governments will be required for the closure of Fraser Road, a proposed speed limit reduction on that thoroughfare from the currently unposted 80 km/h to 60 km/h, and “general support from both levels of government,” with township and Counties representatives replying that “they did not foresee any issues regarding resolutions.” Dillon describes Fraser Road as a “low-volume roadway” with an AADT (annual average daily traffic) count of approximately 150 vehicles. It notes that the underpass “has had issues with highload strikes and the current geometry does not permit widening of Highway 401,” prompting the need for replacement over rehabilitation. Once the existing underpass, which according to MTO Eastern Region Communications Co-op Bronte Walker-Moores was originally constructed in 1968 and rehabilitated in both 1975 and 1984, is removed, it will be replaced with a two-span structure to allow for future widening of the 401. The grade of the new underpass will also be increased to provide more clearance space for highway traffic. Dillon intends to complete preliminary design work and initiate an EA (environmental assessment) for the project this year, with detailed design plans to follow in 2020. TREAD CAREFULLY: When venturing out into the great outdoors, remember that you share habitat with many, some well concealed, creatures.