Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fall Colour Hike

When: Saturday, October 17th, 2015 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm (rain or shine)

Where: Christie Lake Conservation Area, 1000 Hwy 5 W, Dundas

Picture of fall colours over Christie Lake

Over the last year, we’ve had the privilege of investing $40,000 in donations from the General Conservation Fund into dramatically improving the ecological function of the Christie Lake CA. As our way of saying thank you to the amazing supporters who made this happen, we’d like to invite you to join us Saturday, October 17th for a guided fall colour hike. This is your chance to learn more about how donations are put to work for the benefit of our watershed and future generations.

  • Explore restored stream channels with Conservation Authority experts!
  • Enjoy the fall colours!
  • Children’s games and crafts!
  • Free barbecue, snacks and door prizes!

 This event is free for all donors, volunteers, pass-holders and their guests who register in advance.

Registration is closed.

Pitching in for parkland

At her parents’ home in Dundas for a month-long break from her studies, it didn’t take Jasmine Baetz long to change the valley town for the better!

The accomplished potter, inspired by her parents’ (Brian and Rashne Baetz) involvement with the EcoPark Campaign, has donated over 140 hand-crafted cups to support the EcoPark Campaign. Jasmine is quick to offer some insight into her motivation: “I grew up listening to my parents talk about this very special land – the future [Cootes to Escarpment] EcoPark [System] – and how important it is to protect it. I’m so happy to see the extent of the EcoPark Campaign and wanted to make a contribution to the effort.”


Each cup is hand-decorated with a tree on the side and the words “Dundas” and “EcoPark” stamped underneath. The cups are available while quantities last at Cafe Domestique at 12 Miller’s Lane in Dundas. They can be purchased for $10 with all proceeds going to the EcoPark Campaign.

Jasmine’s work can be seen at

Stream restoration at Christie Lake turning heads.

The first phase of the massive habitat restoration project is complete thanks to a grant from the Federal Government’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans!

In an effort to improve the ecological function of the Christie Lake Conservation Area, the first of six former fishing ponds along Spencer Creek’s tributaries has been decommissioned. As a result, cold-water stream habitat has been restored. While fishing remains popular at Christie Lake in the main reservoir, the restored natural stream channels leading into the reservoir will provide increased habitat for native fish and amphibians. It will also increase water quality through decreased stream velocity, erosion and sedimentation.

before and after vert-001

The remaining five fishing ponds will be taken off-line in the coming years as funding becomes available. While the long-term project is a long way away from completion, the immediate results are astounding! Complimentary wetland plantings are planned for the fall and spring and will continue to improve the already impressive ecological diversity of the Conservation Area.

California cactus connection boosts Desjardins Canal Parklands

An unusual donation from across the continent has helped bring the parkland vision to fruition.

For the second year running the Foundation has had the pleasure of selling hundreds of donated cacti to raise funds and awareness for the Desjardins Canal Parklands project. Despite some chilly and rainy weather, over $2,200 was raised and all of the cacti found happy homes!


The cacti were donated through Sorensen Greenhouses in California whose proprietor, Cleone Sorensen, grew up in Dundas. Cleone’s father, the late Ben Veldhuis, operated the wildly successful cactus greenhouses that occupied the Parklands site for over half a century and gave the Cactus Festival its name.