New Amazing Places in Norfolk County's Long Point World Biosphere Reserve!
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The Newest Amazing Places in Norfolk County’s Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Announced at Quance Park and Mill.


Tuesday, September 13th, 2016; Delhi, Ontario - The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve has revealed the newest Amazing Places within the region.
The Amazing Places program highlights locations within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Locally it is led by the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve in partnership with Norfolk County. Since 2015, the expansion of Amazing Places has been made possible by funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Amazing Places were nominated by the public to connect people to nature, and is developing a route with community partners to encourage people to get outside and experience Norfolk and Long Point landscapes through our Amazing Places.
 
Each Amazing Place will be linked to interpretive information that reveals secrets and interesting stories about these places, giving you an entirely unique perspective - and a Google map gives you all the geographic information you need to plan your trip. The website visitamazingplaces.ca has received over 500,000 views on social media.
 
As the project grows, it will encourage more people to get out and explore the Amazing Places in the Biosphere, highlighting unique species, ecology, cultural history and views that depict the character of the region. Photo contests, school educational programs, and special events are all planned, as well as expansion of the website, visitamazingplaces.ca

“We are happy to partner with the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation in announcing the newest Amazing Places and are especially proud to have Delhi’s own Quance Park and Mill be recognized. Residents and visitors will benefit from the Amazing Places program which is spread throughout the region”, stated David VanDeVelde , President Delhi District Chamber of Commerce.
 
Todd Knechtel, Superintendent Parks and Facilities, Community Services Norfolk County stated “We are excited to have Quance Park and Mill designated as one of the newest Amazing Places. The project will help people know they have reached a significant location in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and help visitors follow their bucket list of places.”
 
“Amazing Places is focused on improving access by developing and promoting areas that can handle visitor traffic,” said Patti O’Reilly, project coordinator. “The goal is to highlight these gems in our own backyard and bring visitors from around the world. We are extremely pleased to have expanded the program with the addition of the 2016 Amazing Places.”
 
In celebration of the Amazing Places, we are launching an “Amazing Selfie Contest” #amazinglongpoint, running from September 13th to October 31st. We encourage people to get out and explore our Amazing Places this fall. Check out our websites visitamazingplaces.ca or longpointbiosphere.com for details and your chance to win an Amazing Norfolk experience.

Our newest Amazing Places are: 
Backus Woods: One of the highest quality old growth hardwood forests in all of Ontario and the best remaining example of the Carolinian Life Zone .
 
Big Creek National Wildlife Area:  Is an essential staging, feeding and resting habitat for over 390 species of waterfowl and other migratory birds passing through the Long Point area during migration; a 2km trail through the marsh is accessible on the Hwy 59 causeway.
 
Canada’s First Forestry Station:  The interpretive Centre features the history of this magnificent area and is at the entrance to the Forest Capital Trail and an additional trail for Canada's 150th celebration which features 100 year old white pines and other native species.
 
Joe Csubak Viewing Area: Whether it’s first thing in the morning or a late sunset, this is one of the most picturesque vistas of the Inner Bay of Long Point. The constantly changing light and seasons make this a truly unique spot in Norfolk County and a must see for residents and visitors alike.

Port Dover Harbour Museum: The Port Dover Harbour Museum preserves the town’s history and marine heritage.  Visit an authentic net shanty and learn about the commercial fishing industry.  Discover shipwrecks, tales of heroism, board the wheelhouse of a 1912 lake freighter and more!

Port Rowan Wetlands:  Against traditional actions, the former sewage lagoons were converted successfully into a functioning wetland which serves as a riparian buffer to downstream tributaries and Lake Erie. The alternative use of land creates an innovative, first-of-its-kind project with numerous ecological and cultural benefits.
 
Sutton Conservation Area: The restoration of Sutton Dam has provided several natural functions through better surface and ground water quality, more coldwater fish habitat and homes for wildlife. It is a landscape that supports healthy living.
 
Quance Mill and Park: The Park highlights the beauty of the Big Creek River Valley as it meanders through the Town of Delhi. The mill and river were critical in the establishment of Delhi. Big Creek is a significant waterway resource for the migratory route for the Rainbow and Brown Trout. Big Creek Valley serves as a natural habitat for many native birds and animals. 
 
Waterford Heritage and Agriculture Museum:  WHAM exhibits the rich and diverse history of Waterford and its surrounding communities through engaging permanent and temporary displays. It is home to the Norfolk County Agricultural Hall of Fame and is located on the Norfolk Trails system.
Amazing Places Website
Last year’s pilot project named 10 Amazing Places in the Long Point Biosphere area including: Backus Heritage Conservation Area, Black Bridge – Waterford Heritage Trail, Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery, Deer Creek Conservation Area, Long Point Bird Observatory, Long Point Eco-Adventures, Long Point Provincial Park Beach, Lynn Valley Trail, Sand Hill Park, and Whistling Gardens.
Contact:
Patti O’Reilly
Sustainable Tourism Project Coordinator
Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation
519-426-5870 ext. 1295
sustainabletourism@discoverlongpoint.ca

 
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