The Belfountain Salamander Festival celebrates its 23rd year on Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’re looking for a day of outdoor fun in the countryside, the historic Hamlet of Belfountain offers beautiful scenery, delicious local food and of course, a chance to meet live salamanders.
The festival takes its name from the Jefferson salamander, an amphibian native to Ontario found primarily in the Niagara Escarpment. The Jefferson salamander has been a protected species under the Ontario Endangered Species Act since 2011. It finds a welcome home in Belfountain. Each year festival visitors have an opportunity to learn about Credit Valley Conservation’s (CVC) efforts to protect local green space, the Jefferson salamander and other native species.
Activities take place in the Hamlet of Belfountain and the Belfountain Conservation Area. Visitors can enjoy the artisans’ market, live music and local food in the hamlet. The conservation area features an electrofishing demonstration, the Kids Eco Zone Activity Centre, giant games and animal exhibitions by Creature Quest. Be inspired by nature with a quick hike on the trails to enjoy the changing fall colours. Don’t forget your camera!
The Salamander Festival is hosted by the Belfountain Community Organization and CVC, in partnership with the Belfountain Village Church, Common Good, Higher Ground Café, Belfountain Inn, Belfountain Public School and the Town of Caledon.
Admission to the festival and the conservation area is free. There is a parking fee at the conservation area.
Young visitor holding a salamander
About Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)
Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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Credit Valley Conservation
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