Hiking events

Timmins winter hiking event focuses on outdoor survival, adventure and education

The Wintergreen Fund for Conservation’s first winter hiking day after a pandemic pause saw a strong turnout of people seeking to learn more about the Hersey Lake Conservation Area and the adventure and educational opportunities it offers.

Board members said it was encouraging to see people brave the elements so volunteers could show them aspects of their local trails that might have passed them by.

“They just get to see a different side of the different seasons,” said board member Michèle Lepage.

“We’re lucky to have these trails and conservation so close to our municipality…Having this access is just awesome. We just need to make people aware of what we have.”

Wintergreen has organized guided hikes focusing on birding, forest therapy, forest education, and the history of the conservation area.

The day also saw the return of survival demonstrations from Timmins Porcupine Search and Rescue, which included crash courses in making signal fires in case of loss in the bush, Swedish logs, snow trenches to stay Shelter from high winds and classic Canadian fifteens for quick shelter from the elements.

“It feels good to be in the community, interacting and seeing people again, said search and rescue volunteer Shane Lebrun.

“It’s been two long years and it’s nice to see people outside.”