Colourful Splendor at your Local Conservation Area

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Credit Valley Conservation

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October 8, 2015 – Autumn is a busy time of year for sightseers and locals who want to enjoy the changing colours of the season. Some of the best places to admire fall colours are just a short drive from the city. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has a number of conservation areas that offer ideal opportunities to take in autumn’s splendor.

“This is an ideal time of year to get out and enjoy nature,” said Mark Thompson, Senior Manager, Corporate Assets for CVC. “We encourage visitors to enjoy the vibrant colour change at our parks. We are so fortunate to have several properties on the Niagara Escarpment that provide beautiful scenic locations for day trips.”

Some of the best autumn displays are at Terra Cotta, Limehouse, Silver Creek and Belfountain Conservation Areas, in the heart of the Niagara Escarpment. There is plenty of colour at other CVC properties throughout the Credit River watershed, from Rattray Marsh on the shores of Lake Ontario to Island Lake Conservation Area near Orangeville. Each of these areas offer opportunities to explore nature together and to appreciate the splendor of fall colour changes on trails, boardwalks, bridges, or bike paths.

Fall colour experts across the province advise that colours are changing slowly this year. The progress of autumn colours is unpredictable from year to year because of shorter days, rapid temperature change, rain and wind. If you wait too long, however, you may miss the fall spectacle.

For weekly updates about fall colour progress at CVC conservation areas, please visit, or follow CVC on twitter at

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.


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