Fishing Derby’s Highlight National Fishing Week

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National Fishing Week promoting fishing for the whole family.

Just a few of the festivities happening.

July, 2010

Week-long Environmental Day Camps
Guelph Lake Nature Centre (Guelph), Laurel Creek Nature Centre (Waterloo) , Apps’ Mill Nature Centre (Brantford)

Environmental day camps are designed to introduce children to the wonders of nature while they enjoy fun, hands-on activities in the great outdoors. Programs are also offered at Rockwood and Belwood Lake. Check the nature centre section of or the nature centre near you for camp program and registration information. Here are the phone numbers for:

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bug safari
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo 2 p.m.

Join the Naturalists on a Safari in the wilds of Laurel Creek Conservation Area where we search out the elusive six-legged creatures that make our planet home. This program is free with daily gate admission.

July 10 and 11, 2010

Grand River Bass Derby
The Grand River Bass Derby is a family fishing event hosted by the Optimist Club of Stanley Park. This fun filled Live Release Derby is held on the Grand River with the Derby headquarters and measuring station at Bingeman Park in Kitchener. Only Smallmouth Bass caught in the Grand River are eligible and must be brought in alive. Proceed from the Derby are earmarked for enhancement to public access on the Grand River. Please join us for a weekend of fishing, fun and prizes! Check for more information.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Annual Fishing Derby
Conestogo Lake Conservation Area 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Derby entry fee is regular park admission plus $1. Registration is at the boat launch. Length will decide the winning fish and ties will be decided by a coin toss for this catch and release event. No fish on stringers entered and participants should have a live well. There is also a $5 Big Fish Pool for the adults. In addition to prizes for the biggest fish, many draw prizes are available, thanks to the generosity of local businesses. Derby entrants will be fishing for catfish, smallmouth bass and pike. For more information, call the park at 519-638-2873.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Life beneath the surface
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo 6:30 p.m.

Explore a world beneath the water that is not often seen. Be prepared to meet some animals that might be new to you. This program is free with daily gate admission, but takes place at the Laurel Creek Nature Centre located at 525 Beavercreek Road, instead of at the park. Bring your park pass to participate.

July 23-25 2010

Hillside Festival
Guelph Lake Conservation Area

Hillside began in 1984 as local gathering of musical friends in Guelph, Ontario. Today, it is one of Canada’s best-loved music festivals with over 50 musical performances on five stages over three days during the last weekend in July. For more information visit the web site or call 519-763-6396.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Seasonal changes
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo 6:30 p.m.

Do you only visit the park in the summer time? Join the naturalists for a slide show of the seasonal changes in the park and go for a hike in the cooler part of the day. This program is free with daily gate admission.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Birds and bees
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo 6:30 p.m.

The role of pollinators will be discussed followed by a hike to find the birds, bees and other pollinators of Laurel Creek. This program is free with daily gate admission.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Birds and bees
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo 2 p.m.

Come and meet the exciting creatures from the Laurel Creek Nature Centre. Snakes, turtles, frogs, cockroaches and more. Learn about these gentle, fascinating animals. This program is free with daily gate admission.

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