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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:19

Kawartha Conservation celebrates Canada Day with free parking at Ken Reid

June 28, 2017 – What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than by enjoying the beauty and tranquility of the great outdoors? To encourage area residents and visitors to enjoy Canada’s ecological diversity, on Saturday, July 1, parking will be free at Ken Reid Conservation Area.

“As Kawartha Conservation’s flagship conservation area, Ken Reid is a beautiful 110 acre area featuring numerous trails and boardwalks highlighting different ecological features,” explained Conservation Areas Acting Coordinator Jon Hale. “Ken Reid offers several loop trails that lead through forests, meadows, and wetlands. A favourite route includes the floating boardwalk that winds through the provincially significant MacLaren Creek Wetland bordering Sturgeon Lake.”

During the summer months, visitors can spot red bellied snakes, snapping turtles, and leopard frogs.

Visitors pausing along the marsh may spot the Osprey on a nearby nesting platform. These and other birds living in the area make it a popular destination for birders.

A quiet hiker may also catch a glimpse of a deer, fox, hare, or other wildlife that live in the meadows and forests of the park.

“There is so much to see and do here at Ken Reid,” said Mr. Hale. “Pack a picnic lunch and come enjoy the trails, boardwalks and playground area for children and enjoy a wonderful Canada Day in the great outdoors.”

Ken Reid Conservation Area is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located at 277 Kenrei Road just outside of Lindsay.

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