"For all those people finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away."
― Captain Tom Moore, WWII
Kate Monk, Stewardship, Land and Education Manager with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, was the guest speaker at an interactive seminar on a cool but comfortable day at the pavilion behind the community centre in Port Franks. Kate enjoyed the opportunity to speak about their experience with land management to 16 attendees, including many facts about the properties where LSNT maintains the trails (L-Lake, Ausable River Cut and Mystery Falls).
Thank to Ed, Lee M, Lee T, William, Dean, Ross and Walter for resurfacing the Grand Trunk Trail in Forest. The community will be very appreciative of everything you have done to make the trail better and accessible for mobility devices. Thank you for giving back to the community and special thanks to the Forest Community Foundation whose generous grant made this project possiblle.
A young and spirited work crew finished the installation of the native plant identifiers at The Heart of the Trails in Port Franks.
The Seven Grandfathers (Love, Respect, Courage, Wisdom, Truth, Humility, and Honesty) carvings have been installed around the Circle of Life at the Heart of the Trails (Port Franks Community Centre). Thanks to artist Garrett Nahdee and everyone involved in making this community beautification project a reality.
Volunteers spent over 30 combined hours completing the wheelchair accessible path in the Ausable River Cut Conservation Area in Port Franks. Thank you Walter, Darren, Lee M, Lee T, Ed and Ross!
We now have a physical location to provide our nature enthusiasts with information and services to help connect them to nature! Trailhead Central is located at 10048 Greenway Road, at the corner of Greenway Road and Highway 21. Beginning Monday, June 1, the self-serve facility will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during spring, summer and fall. You will be able to pick up information and maps of local trails, and also drop off your badge questionnaires. We are hoping to develop volunteer staffing during busier times.
Signs have been added to the Port Franks Trailhead structure. ”The Heart Of The Trails” and “Connecting People To Nature” were attached to the cross beams along with the year it was completed.
Signs have been installed along Bog Line to recognize LSNT’s participation in the County of Lambton Adopt A Road program. The bottom of the signs can be conveniently flipped down on work days to notify vehicles to watch for workers.
2021 Memberships are now available for $15 per person or $25 per family. Our business partners have special offers for LSNT Members. Make sure to show your membership card.
Note: Purchase your membership early and get a longer time to take advantage of our partner specials. Some offers may change seasonally.
We are pleased to announce the completion of the trailhead structures in Forest and at the Port Franks Community Centre. We want to thank everyone who helped make this a reality! Come out and enjoy the trails in the area.
Please consider donating to these community beautification projects. For donations over $300, a coloured leaf with your name and a brief comment will be added to the 'Donor Recognition Tree' featured on the side-panel at either of the trailheads.
Hike all 7 Nature Trails in Lambton Shores & Vicinity and correctly answer each question to receive your FREE badge!
If you have a hard hat sitting around collecting dust, donate it to a good cause. We are in need of hard hats to protect our volunteers on some of our work days. If you would be so kind as to donate one, we will be more than happy to pick it up. Please contact Ross @ 519-786-4956.
Are you a certified chainsaw operator? We can really use your help to cut dead and fallen trees on the trails Every so often.we would clear the trail for hikers. Please contact Ross @ 519.786.4956
We are looking for motivated individuals who want to help make the trails a fun & enjoyable place to hike. There is lots to be done, not everything involves labour intensive work. Inquire today! Please contact Ross @ 519.786.4956 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Lambton Shores and its communities of Arkona, Forest, Grand Bend, Ipperwash, Kettle Point, Northville. Port Franks and Thedford. A 'Destination for Nature Lovers' on the beautiful south-eastern shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada. We offer anetwork of connected, accessible, fun & user-friendly Nature Trails for walking, hiking, cycling, kayaking & outdoor enthusiasts!
We invite you to explore the Nature Trails of Lambton Shores & Vicinity. Enjoy the vistas, the sounds, the smells, the feeling of our community. Come see what nature has to offer - sand dunes, Carolinian Forest, wetlands,waterfalls, native flowers & plants, wildlife, fossils and more. There is something new waiting for you to discover!
Protect & preserve our ‘Gems of Nature’ and everything in it. Stay on the trail (follow the ‘blazes’ on the trees). Help keep the trails LSNT works on natural and beautiful. Take only pictures…Leave only footprints. Adhere to the permitted uses and activities. Keep dogs on the leash.
Today LSNT relies on a volunteer base of more than 40. You are invited to become a representative of your community on the Executive Committee, a volunteer on scheduled workdays, a trail hike leader, a 'GREEN' sponsor, a fundraiser, a natural heritage educator, a regular hiker on our wonderful nature trails!
LSNT believes in being socially responsible and being part of the larger community "Beyond the Trails":
We are a proud member of the County of Lambton Adopt-A-Road Program; cleaning Bog Line from Northville Rd. to the county boundary.
We initiate other projects to beautify the area for generations to come. For example, we planted 100 native trees around the perimeter of the Port Franks Community Centre grounds to create a ‘Green Tunnel’.
We spearheaded a research project to determine if black walnut husks have an impact on controlling the growth of invasive phragmites.
We have partnered with groups like the North Lambton Community Health Centre and lead hikes on area nature trails .
We have partnered with other like minded groups like the Lakeshore Eco-Network and continue to participate in the Collective Impact - Connected Rural Communities Collaborative Project initiated by the Grand Bend Area Health Centre.