Lynn Valley Trail Named One of The Top Ten Amazing Places in Norfolk County

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Three Ontario Biospheres are celebrating Canada Day by announcing 30 special places in Ontario as part of their Amazing Places project – an initiative that highlights areas of natural, cultural and historical significance so that visitors may learn about and appreciate our area. 

Long Point, Frontenac Arch and Georgian Bay biospheres have been working together to select 10 Amazing Places in each of their biosphere communities.

Check out the Lynn Valley Trail profile at visitamazingplaces.ca

The Top Ten Amazing Places in Norfolk County for summer 2014 are as follows (in alphabetical order): 

1. Backus Heritage Conservation Area

2. Black Bridge – Waterford Heritage Trail

3. Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery

4. Deer Creek Conservation Area

5. Long Point Provincial Park Beach

6. Long Point Bird Observatory

7. Long Point Eco Adventures

8. Lynn Valley Trail 

9. Sand Hill Park

10. Whistling Gardens

During the month of May, locals nominated their favourite places throughout Norfolk County using a social mapping tool on a new website created by the Ontario biosphere reserves (www.VisitAmazingPlaces.ca). Residents added photos and short descriptions about why they thought each location was amazing.

“We were thrilled to receive a total of 54 nominations,” says Andrea Kilian, Sustainable Tourism Project Manager for the Long Point Biosphere. “Each location had an interesting story to tell about its natural, cultural or historical features. It was extremely difficult narrow it down to only 10.”

A selection committee made up of community members met to review the nominations and selected the “Top Ten” using an extensive checklist including 18 criteria and considerations.

Each location will have its own webpage, with photos, an interpretive description explaining why the site is so amazing as well as GPS and access information posted on the VisitAmazingPlaces.ca website.

“If you are travelling across Ontario this summer, you may want to explore the ‘Amazing Places’ at two other UNESO biosphere reserves: Frontenac Arch and Georgian Bay,” says Kilian. “The Amazing Places project was a sustainable tourism concept that originated in New Brunswick at the Fundy Biosphere Reserve. It has been our experience that people protect what they know and love and we’re trying to build these connections through the Amazing Places project.”

Last month the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport announced $52,400 in project funding to support sustainable tourism advancement in three Ontario biosphere reserve communities: Long Point, Georgian Bay and Frontenac Arch. Amazing Places is one of the projects that was completed with this funding.

To view 10 Amazing Places in Norfolk: www.VisitAmazingPlaces.ca/long-point

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