With winter’s imminent return, the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA)’s 3 Conservation Areas continue to provide opportunities to connect with nature. Gray’s Creek, Charlottenburgh Park and Cooper Marsh Conservation Areas offer a combined 25 kilometres of nature trails available year-round at no cost.
“When snow covers the landscape in the winter months, the trails are just as beautiful, but in a completely different way,” says RRCA’s Public Information Coordinator, Vincent Pilon. “There is the added benefit of being able to explore the trail system through cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.”
Snowshoes can be rented from the RRCA’s office at Gray’s Creek Conservation Area for $8 per day or $12 per weekend. Reservations can be made in advance by telephone at (613) 938-3611.
“It’s a great way to spend time in nature and make the best of winter,” Pilon adds.
Conservation Area visitors are reminded to clean up after their dogs and keep them on a leash. Dogs are not permitted at Cooper Marsh due to the sensitive nature of the habitat. Visitors are also reminded to follow COVID-19 public health guidelines and practice physical distancing.