The Friends of the Tay Watershed Association are holding a Canada 150 event - 'Paddle Down the Tay' - on Saturday September 16th.
The guided visit starts at 10:00am, at Perth's Last Duel Park, and will tour 10 kms. of the Tay to Beveridge Locks. Along the way, paddlers will:
- be introduced to local flora and fauna by Shaun Thompson, retired biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; over 40 species of birds have been documented here over the years (https://www.taywatershed.ca/documents/BirdSightings_TayCanal.pdf)
- visit historic sites, including the Last Fatal Duel in Canada, and Lock Five of the 1834 Tay Canal
- take a brief stop at RVCA's Perth Wildlife Reserve dock and Tay Marsh viewpoint
- be introduced to one of the most diverse streams in the region
- optionally, join the International Coastal Cleanup Day; cleaning up our waterways and oceans ( https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/ ). Note, individual participation in the cleanup on this tour is optional (materials supplied).
- enjoy refreshments and a get-together at Beveridge Bay, after locking through Upper and Lower Beveridge Locks.
Transportation will be available, back to Perth to pick up vehicles (please advise if need ed). There is no cost for this trip (and no charge for the locks, thanks to Parks Canada’s Canada 150 Program).
‘We all live downstream …. !’