Canada’s Garden Route
Canada’s Garden Route is a unique opportunity to discover the beauty and natural sites of communities, to exchange with horticultural colleagues, to meet with professional and amateur gardeners across Canada and visit gardens in communities recognized by the Communities in Bloom program.
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Visitors might mistake the Town Hall and Museum building for a garden center because it has so many flowering plants at the entry. The museum opened in 1985 has accreditation as a Recognized Museum in Alberta and professional quality and varied nature of the exhibits, research and archives leave no doubt that the designation is deserved.
The Telford Lake Boardwalk completed in the spring of 2017 provides the residents of Leduc a number of benefits. If your interests lie in exercise you now have an extension of the 80 km multi trail system. The boardwalk is around 150 meters long just skirting the western end of Telford Lake. The exciting aspect of this project is that it allows the Trail to be extended around the entire north shore of the lake passing through a naturalized area.
The Town of Maple Creek’s landfill has undergone such a transformation that it has been selected as The Business of the Month by the business sector. Under the diligent and committed care of the new caretaker, the landfill presents a pristine business front with neat compartments of sorted garbage and a friendly entrance with potted plants, birdhouses atop fence posts, recycled ornaments, a tempting 3-hole golf course, and seasonal lighting.
Stonewall is known for its limestone quarries. In 1983, one of the abandoned quarries was developed into the beautiful historical site and natural area known as the Stonewall Quarry Park. This park is adjacent to Kinsmen Lake, a man-made lake developed after the closure of the quarry in the 50’s. Stonewall Quarry Park site is very much used by locals and visitors for education and recreation purposes. New activities are added (i.e. pumpkin trail) as well as improvements to the landscaping.
Cobourg, Ontario’s Feel Good Town, has plenty to celebrate with an outstanding harbour, sandy beach, waterfront promenade, brilliant floral displays that include a Floral Clock and majestic tree-lined streets. Local groups focus on the preservation of Cobourg’s diverse natural heritage. One such group is the Cobourg Ecology Garden whose members increase awareness and share the need to protect and maintain green space and native species while beautifying the community.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a very beautiful and historic municipality on the Niagara escarpment in Southern Ontario that attracts a massive number of tourists plus is enticing to many people choosing to call it home. The active volunteer community is one of the many draws as well as critical to the development, maintenance and programming in the area.
Prince Edward Island
A Tree Canada grant helped Tignish Elementary School to plant 14 new trees this year, including native species American Elm, Maple, Ironwood and Oak. Of particular note is that each classroom in the school has now been designated a specific tree to gather under whenever there is a fire drill.