50th Anniversary

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CRCA 50th Anniversary Celebrations!

Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area – Birds of Prey Show
Sunday, September 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION. Bring the whole family out for an exciting afternoon to celebrate the CRCA’s 50th Anniversary. We have some great activities planned. Join our staff for guided hikes. Explore our wetlands by canoe or kayak and take part in our water scavenger hunt. Plan a picnic or buy some tasty treats from Two Nuts In A Food Truck. Enjoy music by Tim Sheffield and catch the Birds Of Prey Show by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy.

11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Free canoe and kayak rentals, water scavenger hunt, Two Nuts In A Food Truck
12:00 to 12:30 – Birds of Prey Show
12:30 to 1:00 – Music by Tim Sheffield
1:30 to 2:00 – Guided Hikes
2:00 to 2:30 – Birds of Prey Show
2:30 to 3:00 – Music by Tim Sheffield
3:00 to 3:30 – Guided Hikes
3:30 t0 4:00 – Birds of Prey Show

Mac Johnson Wildlife Area – Outdoor Movie Night
Saturday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION. Come out and enjoy an outdoor movie night with the family at Mac Johnson Wildlife Area. To celebrate the CRCA’s 50th Anniversary this year we thought it would be fun to show a movie from 1964 – Mary Poppins. Dress warmly, bring your blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights. There will be snacks and drinks available for purchase in the Nature Centre. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Learn about our History
We have put together a slideshow highlighting events from the past 50 years. View the slideshow (PDF).

Search the hashtag #CRCA50th on Twitter and Facebook to see some of the photos we have been sharing from our archives. You can also view the photos on our Pinterest page www.pinterest.com/cataraquirca

50 Things Contest
Take part in our 50 Things to do in our Conservation Areas for our 50th Anniversary challenge. Enter for a chance to win a 2015 Maple Madness package or an equipment rental package. Get more details and download your Official Checklist »

Some CRCA Facts

  • The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario
  • The CRCA was formed in December 1964 at the request of our member municipalities
  • Our jurisdiction includes all or part of 11 municipalities: Greater Napanee, Loyalist, Kingston, South Frontenac, Rideau Lakes, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Athens, Front of Yonge, Elizabethtown Kitley and Brockville
  • Our jurisdiction includes 11 watersheds, all of which drain into Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence River. These include larger river systems like the Cataraqui and Gananoque and smaller creeks like Buells, Millhaven and Wilton.
  • The CRCA owns more than 4,000 hectares of conservation lands including: 7 conservation areas, the Cataraqui Trail, 8 boat ramps and six water access points, 6 forest properties, 6 environmental protection and water management properties, 7 dams and 3 water control structure.