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Nature Hike and Newfoundland "Boil-up" at Freshwater Bay

We look forward to welcoming you to the vibrant city of St. Johns, on the rock that is Newfoundland, and Labrador for this year’s Shallow Survey conference.

As we all know conferences can be hectic with lots to learn through the days and fun socials in the evenings. With this in mind, the organizing committee, with generous support from the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is planning a late afternoon hike on Tuesday October 2nd. The idea is to get some fresh air and exercise and take in the dramatic and diverse scenery at NCC’s proposed conservation property close to Cape Spear - the most Easterly point in North America.

Delegates are invited to join conference sponsor, Nature Conservancy of Canada - a registered charity and Canada’s leading land conservation organization – on a hike of their latest conservation property in Newfoundland: Freshwater Bay. Now an abandoned fishing settlement, Freshwater Bay was once home to 65 full-time residents. Houses were dismantled in the early 1900’s, but the area still remains a well-known destination for locals and tourists alike. It features access to the world-famous East Coast Trail for hiking, bird and whale-watching and enjoying iconic Newfoundland landscape. The round-trip guided hike will take about one and a half hours and include a stop at the Freshwater Bay barachois for a traditional Newfoundland boil-up.

The hike will start at the conference hotel with a short 10-minute bus ride to the trailhead. NCC volunteers and staff will meet your group at the trail and provide a guided hike with interpretation of the area. The hiking trail is considered easy-moderate. Hikers should have sturdy shoes and be prepared for temperatures around 10 degrees celsius. In true Newfoundland style, the hike will go ahead rain or shine. Light snacks, water and hot tea will be available at the boil-up.

If you have any questions and to join the hike, please email kevin.schulz@natureconservancy.ca to reserve your place. Spaces are limited, so be sure to RSVP early!

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NCC is working to protect this important place. As a registered Canadian charity, NCC relies on funding from public and private donors, as well as government and foundations to protect land across Canada. The Freshwater Bay property is being donated to NCC by local St. John’s family, the Crosbie’s. While the land itself is a donation, NCC must still raise funds to cover associated costs such as science work, real estate fees as well as a contribution to our provincial stewardship endowment fund. The proceeds from this fund are used exclusively for the ongoing care and maintenance of NCC properties in Newfoundland like Freshwater Bay. For more information about NCC and Freshwater Bay, or to make a donation please visit http://www.natureconservancy.ca/freshwaterbay . NCC will also be exhibiting at the conference, so please make sure to drop by and see them at stand 6 to learn more about this important project and other work of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.