The scenery from the top of Blueberry Mountain is spectacular any time of year, but during the changing of the leaves the panoramic view is absolutely breathtaking. To take advantage of this annual display, the MMLTC will hold its fall colours Nature Walk at Blueberry Mountain on Saturday, October 5th.
The event will include guided hikes for all ages and abilities and the renowned naturalist Grey Owl has promised to make a special appearance. It only takes about 45 minutes for the Blueberry Express walk directly, but leisurely, up the mountain and it's fairly easy walking, with one short steep climb at the very top. The longer Old Cedar Ramble passes through an ancient cedar grove, with one towering cedar estimated over 300 years old. The Budding Naturalist Circuit will provide opportunities for kids to explore the wonders of nature along the way. Following the hike, visitors can assemble to enjoy refreshments, meet other nature lovers and learn a bit about how land trusts can legally protect property for the long term.
In 2009, the Clifford family placed a conservation easement on this 1250 property, now known as cliffLAND, so that it would be forever a protected wilderness property accessible to the public. Already this year, Blueberry Mountain has had over 500 visitors, a growing number of them international. There have even been several marriage proposals at the top! Climbers include an 80-Plus Club and two Kids' Clubs, one for under 12 years old and another for under 5. The tremendous popularity of this beautiful spot resulted in it being voted by county residents as one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County.
Registration for the Nature Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. on October 5th so that the hike can start at 10 sharp. Since this is a fundraising event, a $10 donation is requested. Children under 12 are free. Cliffland is located at 502 Hills of Peace Rd. near Flower Station in Lanark Highlands. A map is attached. Don't trust your GPS unless you're ready to risk being directed along one of the area's many ATV trails, a pretty rough ride! For more information, call Howard or Jean Clifford at 613-259-3412.
Also see the
Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy website at http://mmltc.ca