Volunteer fundraiser extraordinaire and festival founder, Braden Marshall, enjoys a cup of hot chocolate at the event. (photo courtesy Greening Marketing)
Now in its fifth year, Braden’s Hot Chocolate Festival continues to combine family fun with the great outdoors in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area for a great cause. Hundreds of families enjoyed hot chocolate, concerts, crafts, story-time and hikes on the conservation area’s 40km trail system.
Proceeds from the Family Day event support the Foundation’s Dundas Valley Conservation Fund. The Fund helps the Hamilton Conservation Authority remove invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs and even acquire new lands to grow the Conservation Area. Last year, the funding helped restore sensitive prairie habitat and remove both japanese knotweed and dog-strangling vine.
With over $75,000 contributed to the Fund, it looks like the Valley will continue to hold an important place in the hearts of generations to come.