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Trails, Hawk Tower Improved At Holiday Beach Conservation Area

Saturday September 17th, 2022, 10:10am

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Holiday Beach Conservation Area is more accessible after work was undertaken with a $161,800 Capital stream grant from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund, which is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Significant improvements have been made to the Hawk Tower and the trail system, expanding the life span of these important amenities and improving accessibility for the over 30,000 guests who visit annually.

Holiday Beach is a beloved Conservation Area for many recreational activities. It features a beach, picnic areas, walking trails, boardwalks, fishing pond, and the iconic Hawk Tower. It is designated an Important Bird Area of global significance, and identified by Audubon Magazine as one of the top ten raptor watching locations in North America.

The trails, which were significantly damaged during high water periods, have been widened and resurfaced to improve accessibility and guest experience. Safety has been improved at the Hawk Tower, with the installation of graspable hand railings on the stairways. As well, the lower deck has been rebuilt, and weathered sections have been replaced to extend the lifespan of this important park amenity.

“Holiday Beach Conservation Area is enjoyed by thousands of local residents and tourists annually, and these improvements will improve guest safety, accessibility and experience,” said Tania Jobin, ERCA Chair. “We are so grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this generous investment in outdoor spaces. Access to natural outdoor spaces is critical to our collective mental and physical well-being.”

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