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  • Ausable River Cut Conservation Area
  • Lambton County Heritage Forest
  • Forested Dunes Nature Reserve
  • L Lake Management Area
  • Ipperwash Dunes and Swales Nature Reserve
  • Mystery Falls
  • Forest Trails

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We are pleased to announce the completion of the trailhead structure in Forest as well as Phase I of its "twin" at the Port Franks Community Centre. We want to thank everyone who helped make this a reality! Come out and enjoy the trails networks in Forest & Port Franks.


​Please consider donating to these community beautification projects. For amounts over $300, a coloured leaf with your name and a brief comment will be added to the donation tree on the side panel at either of the trailheads.  ​


Donations over $20 will be issued an official tax receipt.

Phase I Complete!

Phase I of the trailhead structure at the Port Franks Community Centre is now complete. Thanks to Craftsmen Gary Schmidt and Alvin Jedelhauser of Pine Creek Log Homes Inc., an  impressive Trailhead Log-Pavilion was erected with the assistance of the LSNT work crew.


The structure will serve as the focal point of  approximately 20 km of hiking trails in the Port Franks-Northville area.  Phase II will begin this fall and will include staining of the wood and installing the steel roof which has been generously donated by Home Hardware of Grand Bend.


Phase III will commence in the spring and include landscaping, a wheelchair-access path, overhead signage, large side panels featuring native art, a trail map, the area's history and natural heritage as well as a donor recognition tree will be added as public and private donations become available.

Ausable Port Franks Art/Nature Camp

Lambton Shores Nature Trails participated in the 2018 Ausable Port Franks Optimist Art/Nature Camp. The kids had an opportunity to climb the big sandhill, pitch tents, identify trees and learned about trail maps. We also visited the Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum at the Lower Thames Conservation Authority, Longwoods Road Conservation Area, learning about the Haudenosaunee - People of the Longhouse.   

North Lambton Secondary School Hike

Lambton Shores Nature Trails recently hosted a day long hike with Geography/Travel & Tourism students from North Lambton Secondary School. We hiked 13 kilometers on three trails: Nature Conservancy of Canada's Ipperwash Dunes & Swales, Lambton County's Heritage Forest and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority's Mystery Falls.

Mark Your Calendar

Hike Ontario Summit

The Hike Ontario Summit, an annual gathering of members of the public as well as representatives from Hiking Clubs around the province, is being held September 28-30 in Orillia.

Nature Appreciation Hike

Our annual Nature Appreciation Hike will be held on Saturday, October 13th at the Ipperwash Dunes & Swales.  More details will be posted shortly.

LSNT Work Days

Trail work days are planned throughout the spring and fall. First time participants will be required to sign a waiver. The fall work schedule is as follows:


Saturday, Sept. 29 (morning) - Blaze Painting ‘Blue’ & ‘Yellow’ Trail in County Forest

Saturday, Sept. 29 (afternoon) - SCRCA Tree Planting at Esli Dodge Park in Forest

Sunday, Oct. 14 - Clear & Blaze Ausable River Cut Trails 

Saturday, Oct. 27 - Clear Mystery Falls Trail  (West Section)

Saturday, Nov. 10 - Clear Ausable River Valley Trail (North of Mystery Falls)


* Additional Workdays will be scheduled as necessary.​​ Details will be posted closer to the scheduled workday.

LSNT 2018 Board Meetings

October 11, November 8 @ 7 pm Port Franks Optimist Hall - Everyone Welcome!!!​​

Wanted

Certified Chainsaw Operators

LSNT requires 3 or 4 volunteers who are certified chainsaw operators to cut dead ash trees along the Ausable River Valley Trail near Arkona to make the trail safe for hikers. Please contact Klaus @ 519.243.0123

Trail Volunteer Workers

We are looking for motivated individuals who want to help make the trails a safe & enjoyable place to hike. There is lots to be done, not everything involves labour intensive work. Inquire today! Please contact Klaus @ 519.243.0123

Marketing Campaigns

We are in need of a dedicated person to utilize our easy-to-use GoDaddy software package to send emails to our contact list. The resposibiltiies include putting the campaign form together based on input received from various board members. If you are interested, please contact Marilyn @ 519.243.0123

Secretary

Lambton Shores Nature Trails requires a dedicated person to: 

  

  • Attend regular Executive Committee Meetings (roughly 8 per year)
  • Proof-read Executive Committee meeting agenda and send out to Board Members, Landowners, Guests & other specified recipients 
  • Record meeting minutes and distribute same as specified for agenda
  • File original of forms and make copies available when requested

Hiking in Lambton Shores

Welcome to Lambton Shores and its communities of Arkona, Forest, Grand Bend, Ipperwash, Northville. Port Franks and Thedford. A 'Destination for Nature Lovers' on the beautiful south-eastern shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada. A network of connected, accessible, safe & user-friendly Nature Trails for walking, hiking, cycling & outdoor enthusiasts!

Discoveries are Waiting

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, waterfalls, flowers, plants, wildlife and more. There is something new waiting for you to discover!

Our Code of Ethics

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 pets on the leash.

Invitation To Join Us

Today LSNT relies on a volunteer base of more than 100.  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!

Beyond The 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 edge of the county.


We have been involved in other projects to beautify the area for generations to come including a "green" tunnel of trees behind the community centre in Port Franks.


LSNT is also spearheading a three year research project to determine if black walnut husks have an impact on controlling the growth of phragmites.


We are working with the North Lambton Community Health Centre to lead hikes on numerous trails in the area.


LSNT has partnered with other like minded groups including Lakeshore Eco-Network and the Collective Impact - Connected Rural Communities Collaborative sponsored by the Grand Bend Area Health Centre.

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve the trail network in Lambton Shores & vicinity.

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