Explore Trails in Ontario on Canada's Parks Day

    ALFRED, ON, July 19 /CNW/ - Today's Trails Open Ontario event on the
Prescott and Russell Recreational Trail is one of many activities across the
country marking Canada's Parks Day.
    "Canada's Parks Day is one of the highlights of this year's Trails Open
Ontario season," said The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the
Ontario Heritage Trust. "It's an opportunity to build awareness about the
natural wonders and recreational activities that our parks and trails have to
    Led by a local bird watching specialist, today's two-hour Trails Open
Ontario event covers 6-kms (3.7-miles) of wetland areas surrounding the
Prescott and Russell Recreational Trail. The 72-km (45-mile) trail traverses
the United Counties of Prescott and Russell from east to west, crossing
through five of the eight local municipalities (East Hawkesbury, Champlain,
The Nation, Alfred and Plantagenet and Clarence-Rockland). It represents a
unique tapestry of history and ecological features, travelling through wood
lots, wetlands, pasture lands and agricultural fields.
    "Whether hiking, walking or cycling, participation in Trails Open Ontario
encourages Ontarians to be more active," said Margarett Best, Minister of
Health Promotion. "Summer is an ideal time for everyone to explore the
outdoors and discover the province's excellent trails network."
    Trails Open Ontario runs through October, with more than 20 events
planned this year. The events are free to the public and include a variety of
activities, such as urban walks, guided historic tours, bicycle rides and
nature hikes, many with opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird watching.
The next event is on August 16 at Hardy Lake Provincial Park in Muskoka Lakes.
To learn more, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca and click on Trails Open Ontario
under the Spotlight on Heritage.
    "Ontario is home to a wide range of natural heritage spaces - from
wetlands and wooded areas, to meadows and geological landforms," said
Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture. "Trails Open gives Ontarians a unique
opportunity to learn about our natural landscapes and the importance of
conserving them for the future."

    Trails Open Ontario is designed to promote trail use and education,
support natural heritage conservation and stewardship, and encourage physical
activity and a healthy lifestyle. It is a program of the Ontario Heritage
Trust, delivered with support from the Government of Ontario. The program's
media sponsor is The Globe and Mail.

    The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's
built, cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of present and future

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For further information:

For further information: Catrina Colme, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5074, E-mail:

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