Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain..….Henry David Thoreau
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2020 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 Forest & Port Franks 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.
An official tax receipt will be issued for donations over $20
Hike all 7 Nature Trails in Lambton Shores & Vicinity and correctly answer each question to receive your FREE badge!
LSNT presented North Lambton Secondary School with a framed picture of the trail signs made by the woodworking class. Crafted under the direction of teacher Adam Willemse, these directional signs are placed on trails throughout Lambton Shores & Vicinity. We truly appreciate the efforts of the NLSS students!
It is with sad hearts that we announce that our leader and visionary Klaus Keunecke has completed his journey on earth. His dedication to our ‘Hidden Gems of Nature’ and to protecting our environmentally sensitive lands is truly inspirational. Klaus was passionate about the trails and volunteered countless hours to make them safe and enjoyable for everyone. His spirit will live on in our trails forever.
A group of 17 volunteers worked together to cut down 150+ dead trees in the Ausable River Valley, north of Mystery Falls. It was a beautiful day to be out in nature and to work on making the trail safe. There are still more trees to cut next year but we made great strides towards reopening this trail. The volunteers who weren’t cutting trees helped to carry equipment, trim branches, lift logs and watched for hikers. Thanks to everyone who came out to help!
We invite you to admire this impressive trailhead and the craftsmanship it took to build. Stand under its sturdy roof and read about the local & natural history. Appreciate the donors, the volunteers and the visionaries who made this project a reality. Study the map and plan your next hiking adventure. Stand outside and admire the artwork and the beauty it brings to our community. Stroll along the path and take notice of the native plants. Take a selfie with one of the owls. Make your way to the Circle of Life, sit down on one of the handcrafted benches. Contemplate, meditate, heal. Learn about the Four Directions.
The panels have now been installed at the “Heart of the Trails” trailhead in Port Franks. Historical information, a donor recognition tree and a trail map of the area are on display along with artwork by Jeffrey “Red” George. Thanks to all those who supported this community project.
Lorie & Derek Scott, Doug Bonesteel, Kristy Lyon & Marilyn Smith at the Forest Farmers Market sharing information about Lambton Shores Nature Trails and cooking up some tasty hamburgers! Connecting people of all ages to Nature!
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 tocut dead aNd fallen trees on the trails Every so often.we would apValley Trail near Arkona to make the trail safe for hikers. Please contact Ross @ 519.786.4956
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 Ross @ 519.786.4956
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, safe & 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
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 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!
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 the North Lambton Community Health Centre and lead group 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.