Step into nature

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A pri­or­ity

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]

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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.

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