On Sunday, October 22, show your love for Island Lake Conservation Area at the annual Trail Donation Day. The event is hosted by the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL) and takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will collect donations for trail developments and improvements at the intersection of the west trail and north dam. Donations can also be made at the gatehouse or online.
“Trail Donation Day is a great opportunity for the whole community to come out and support the park,” says Mike Walker, Chair of FOIL and Mono resident. “Our lakeside trail is special. It connects our communities and neighbours. It encourages healthy lifestyles, nature appreciation, tourism and economic development. We want everyone to enjoy it, today and for generations to come.”
Funds raised by FOIL over the past year have been used to build several trail turn-a-rounds and three accessible fishing piers along the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail.
“Island Lake is a unique venue that can be enjoyed by everyone, all year long. It provides a great opportunity to introduce children to nature, and is an exceptional place to improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Craig Stevenson, General Manager of Canadian Tire Orangeville. “We are pleased to be able to support the Friends of Island Lake.”
The event is sponsored by local businesses including Canadian Tire Orangeville, The Grime Team – Royal LePage, Blackstock Ford Lincoln and Lord Dufferin Centre Retirement Residence.
Since 2005, FOIL has worked with Credit Valley Conservation Foundation to help fundraise more than $1.8 million in donations to complete accessible trails around Island Lake Conservation Area. The trails help connect the municipalities of Orangeville and Mono.
The number of people on the trail has exploded since July 2015, when final bridges built on the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail created a full trail loop around Island Lake. Trail use has increased more than 350 per cent. Fall is the busiest time on the trail, averaging close to 20,000 visits per month.
Cheque presentation with Friends of Island Lake and Canadian Tire Orangeville
From left to right: Mike Walker, Chair, Friends of Island Lake, Jane Lightle, Vice-Chair, Friends of Island Lake, Craig Stevenson, General Manager, Canadian Tire Orangeville
About Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF)
Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity working to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the Credit River Watershed. The Foundation accomplishes this by raising funds in support of the valuable conservation projects carried out by Credit Valley Conservation that protect the health and well-being of the flora and fauna, the watershed and its inhabitants for today and tomorrow.
About Credit Valley Conservation
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) 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, 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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