Stories to Tell

Conservation Areas are full of adventure and are just waiting to be explored! There are so many great stories to tell about visits to these natural gems, and we have shared some of our experiences and the experiences of others with you on this page. We encourage you to browse through the stories below and then Step Into Nature with family and friends to create your own ‘story to tell’!

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One on One with Nature
 

It has been quite some time since I have written a story to tell so I thought I would share my most recent conservation areas adventure. What made this adventure so much different than my previous ones is that I took on this one by myself. No friends or family accompanying me, I decided (using the word loosely here it was more of a forced decision because I couldn’t find anyone I knew who was available and willing to join) to Step Into Nature as a lone wolf. This was a first for me. I am almost always accompanied by others and rarely venture out on my own. This trip for me was a big step. There is a quote I once read that I believe says, “Being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.” I never understood how this could be and never saw solitude this way. I associated the word alone with the word lonely. However after this Step Into Nature my perspective has changed!

 

 When I first arrived at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area I was overwhelmed with the beautiful natural scenery and solitude. I timidly began to explore the area a little on edge. I jumped at every crack of a twig, call of a bird, and rustle from the earth. While I was walking through the beautiful trail my mind kept wandering in directions that were not so peaceful. I thought about a Criminal Minds episode I had watched that started out the exact same way; a girl alone in a forest… and if you know Criminal Minds I think you can fill in the rest. Right then I heard a massive rustling in the distance, and it started to come towards me. Frozen in fear I stood and stared into the trees trying desperately to see who or what was coming to get me… when suddenly it was right next to me, I let out a yelp right when the culprit, a tiny chipmunk, scurried out from the trees and skipped across the trail. I began to laugh at myself, was I really that petrified of a tiny little chipmunk? This incident broke the ice and I began to relax and ease into the nature that surrounded me. I don’t know if it was this change of mindset or if the sun just came out, but it went from an ominous creepy horror film, to a picturesque scene from Bambi. The birds were singing the most beautiful songs and the sun peered through the leaves of the tall trees creating a sense of warmth and protection.

 

I began to feel safe surrounded by nature and more self aware than ever before. I hiked around the Conservation Area, experiencing the wildlife and beautiful sounds of nature while taking in the captivating views from the lookout points. I felt inspired, rejuvenated and free. Ready and able to do and conquer anything. One of my favorite activities to do is yoga so I thought, “Hey why not do it right here?” I would practice for a bit in one area then move elsewhere and continue to do different poses and flows, feeling rooted and one with nature. I felt free to do whatever I pleased and make my own choices and not care about what anyone else thought because, well, there was no one else around! Nature was not going to judge me, it was only going to be accepting and inviting. I loved exploring and hiking with myself and I could have stayed there for much longer but I had another Conservation Area to visit. There was so much to see, the views from the escarpment and just hiking along its side was incredible. It was such a peaceful and well maintained Conservation Area, making it the perfect place for the family, couples, friends, and solo explorers like myself to visit!

 

My adventure continued onwards to Fifty Point Conservation Area. I was racing the storm clouds that were looming about to try and enjoy a little bit of the lovely sunshine before nature took over. Fifty Point offers many activities and leisure opportunities for groups of different sizes and ages. There is an abundance of picnic facilities around the area that range from small tables and benches to larger pavilions. The beautiful beach was definitely the highlight of the area for me, but I would love to visit again with friends and take advantage of the outdoor ball hockey arena and volleyball courts! The pet friendly beach was another highlight, not because I have a dog of my own but I fell in love with all the dogs that were also visiting while I was there. They all seemed so happy and excited to be there and it was heart-warming to watch them play freely and also enjoy the area. This part of Lake Ontario was breathtaking, the light sand with the blue and turquoise water made me feel like I was at an ocean. The water was glass calm and the only waves being those that came from the wake of the boats that were passing by. I was enjoying my time wandering around and exploring Fifty Point when Mother Nature decided to rain on my parade. The storm clouds started to roll in so I decided it was maybe time to head on home, cutting my visit a little shorter than I would have hoped. But hey, all the more reason to return again!

 

To find a conservation area near you, go to www.ontarioconservationareas.ca

Kaitlyn MacEachern is a summer student at Conservation Ontario going into her final year of studies at Dalhousie University in the fall. She is passionate about learning about the environment, leading a healthy active lifestyle, and exploring the great outdoors.

 

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 `Striking a pose` at Beamer Memorial

 

 

 

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 Beautiful (and peaceful) trail at Beamer Memorial

 

 

 

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 A gorgeous view at Beamer Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 The fabulous beach at Fifty Point!

 

 

 

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The storm clouds rolling in at Fifty Point