For Immediate Release
Belfountain Salamander Festival Offers Fall Family Fun
September 27, 2017 – The Belfountain Salamander Festival celebrates its 21st year on Saturday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you and your family are looking for a day of outdoor fun in the countryside, the historic Hamlet of Belfountain offers beautiful scenery, delicious local food and of course, a chance to meet some salamanders.
“We’re happy to invite people into the park to celebrate Belfountain and to enjoy this wonderful time of year,” said Shawn Verge, Operations Manager, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). “It’s a great opportunity for family time outdoors. And while the festival provides the main attractions, the conservation area’s fall colours provide a beautiful backdrop to what will be a lovely day.”
The festival takes its name from the Jefferson salamander, an amphibian native to Ontario. Found primarily in the Niagara Escarpment, the Jefferson salamander has been a protected species under the Ontario Endangered Species Act since 2011 and finds a welcome home in Belfountain. Each year visitors to the festival have an opportunity to learn about CVC’s efforts to protect local green space, the Jefferson salamander and other native species.
Activities take place in the Hamlet of Belfountain and the Belfountain Conservation Area. In the hamlet you’ll find the artisans’ market, live music and local food options. The Conservation Area features an electrofishing demonstration, the Kids Eco Zone Activity Centre and animal exhibitions by Creature Quest and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Enjoy a quick hike on our trails to see the fall colours in full effect, and don’t forget to bring your camera!
The Salamander Festival is co-sponsored by the Belfountain Community Organization and CVC. It is run in partnership with the Belfountain Village Church, Belfountain Public School and the Town of Caledon.
Admission to the festival and the conservation area is free. However, there is a fee for parking at the conservation area.
About Credit Valley Conservation:
Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. For over 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation has worked with its partners to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. Credit Valley Conservation gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; 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.