September 21, 2015 –The Hamlet of Belfountain hosts its annual Salamander Festival on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), the Belfountain Community Organization and community partners. This year’s festival features an artisans market, live music, yoga sessions and live animals with Creature Quest.
The festival takes its name from the Jefferson salamander, a native amphibian in Ontario and found primarily in the Niagara Escarpment, which runs through Belfountain. Each year people come to visit unique vendors and learn about CVC’s efforts to protect green space and native species.
“This festival is important because it supports the community, engages local talent, and encourages nature appreciation,” says David Orr, Conservation Areas Superintendent for the south zone at CVC. “Each year we come out to Belfountain to celebrate salamanders as a symbol of a healthy environment and local commitments to helping CVC protect our natural gems.”
Activities take place in the Hamlet and Belfountain Conservation Area. Visitors of all ages will discover exciting activities, including:
- Artisans’ market
- Silent auction and live entertainment, featuring Jerry Staples with Kewl Fusion and Melyssa Kerr
- Pie eating contest
- Delicious ‘Local Food Court’ featuring sweet and savory foods
Belfountain Conservation Area
- Real salamanders
- Tie a fly with Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club
- Kids Eco Zone Activity Centre
- Free yoga sessions
- Real river critters and live animals with Creature Quest from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Conservation authorities are a provincial/ municipal partnership. For 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners, municipalities and stakeholders to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Halton and Peel; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Up close and personal with a spotted salamander at Belfountain’s Annual Salamander Festival.
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 285