2017 Media Releases
With the arrival of colder temperatures, the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, the Town of Oakville and Conservation Halton are launching a joint winter water safety campaign to educate residents about the dangers associated with waterways this time of year.
Conservation Halton (CH) has reviewed the Province’s proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act (CA Act) which were released last week in the 2020 Ontario Budget (Bill 229). CH is encouraged that the purpose of the Act to provide for the organization and delivery of programs and services that further conservation, restoration, development, and management of natural resources in Ontario watersheds remains.
Last weekend, Conservation Halton opened their gates to five of their seven parks—Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Rattlesnake Point, Mount Nemo and Kelso Summit—to members and the public, using a new reservation system, which is now required to visit the parks. Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May 24 was the first weekend that visitors were allowed in the parks and there were about 6,500 reservations, with more than 17,000 visitors. The reservation system was developed in response to COVID-19, so that Conservation Halton would be able to create the conditions for physical distancing, but Conservation Halton hoped that reservations would offer a number of other benefits, even once things are back to normal.
Conservation Halton today reached the milestone of one million total visits to its Conservation Areas in a calendar year for the first time in its history. The one millionth visit was celebrated today at Glen Eden. Chief Administrative Officer Hassaan Basit, Director of Parks and Recreation Gene Matthews, and other staff, surprised Jayme Leslie, when they declared her as the one millionth visitor in 2017. Jayme was visiting Glen Eden with her dad Dave, they are from Georgetown.
Glen Eden is preparing for its best opening week conditions in recent memory! The hills will be set to open this Thursday, December 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Glen Eden expects to be fully operational with all lifts and trails open.
Mountsberg Conservation Area is offering a selection of activities the whole family can enjoy from 6 to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. There will be wagon rides, a puppet show, guided night hikes, a visit with one of Mountsberg’s owls, and the chance to make a special New Year’s craft. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Conservation Halton has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement regarding a low pressure system that will be moving through Southern Ontario starting tonight and extending through Sunday. Appreciable amounts of rain are likely in many areas especially Sunday and Sunday night with forecasted amounts ranging between 25 to 40 mm.
The sixth edition of the Halton Forest Festival wrapped up a successful event yesterday with the last of four educational days. The educational days took place October 12, 13, 16 and 17 at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area with 1,400 grades 6 and 7 students participating, as well as more than 250 volunteers, including high school students who helped deliver the activities.
Following the success of the Sharing Experiences workshop since its inception in 2009, local Conservation Authorities and environmental organizations are partnering to host the 6th biennial Sharing Experiences workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Puslinch Community Centre. The workshop organizing committee is currently seeking input from groups and individuals in the community for: Topics of interest for the workshop agenda.
Start your Halloween festivities early by coming to Mountsberg Conservation Area’s Halloween Spooktacular. It is offered free with park admission, every weekend from October 7 until October 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.