September 17, 2014 – They’re small, slimy and slithering and they’re coming to a town near you. The Hamlet of Belfountain hosts its 18th Annual Salamander Festival on Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), the Belfountain Community Organization and community partners.
The Jefferson Salamander is native to Ontario and found primarily in Belfountain. CVC is committed to educating local residents about their roles caring for environments that are home to endangered species. Each year people come to visit unique vendors and learn about CVC’s efforts protecting Belfountain’s green spaces.
“It’s a great day for supporting local talents, crafts and exploring this beautiful community,” says Deborah Martin-Downs, Chief Administrative Officer for CVC. “Each year we come out to Belfountain to celebrate salamanders as a symbol of a healthy environment and local commitments to helping CVC conserve green spaces.”
Activities take place in the Hamlet and Belfountain Conservation Area. Visitors of all ages will discover exciting activities, including:
- Artisans’ and farmers’ market
- Silent auction and live entertainment featuring the Rod Salisbury Band and Melyssa Kerr
- New ‘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
- Real river critters and live animals with Sciensational Sssnakes from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Up close and personal with a spotted salamander at Belfountain’s Annual Salamander Festival.
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Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 415