Hamilton, May 25, 2007 - Join Sarah Harmer for a walk along Hamilton's Waterfront Trail on June 2 to raise funds and awareness for local environmental initiatives. The Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter and environmentalist will be the grand marshall of this year's Nature Walk for Our Environment.
The event will also feature showings of the film Escarpment Blues, which chronicles Ms. Harmer's "I Love the Escarpment Tour," a two-week journey hiking the Bruce Trail and playing concerts in support of protecting the ecological integrity of the Niagara Escarpment. The Nature Walk for Our Environment is organized by the Hamilton Naturalists' Club, Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club and other local environmental groups, with lead sponsorship from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and event hosting by Parks Canada.
All funds raised will support local environmental projects and walkers can designate a portion of the funds they raise to support the programs and projects of any local environmental group participating in the walk.
This year's environmental focus project is paying off the mortgage on the Cartwright Nature Sanctuary, which is co-managed by the naturalists' club and Conservation Halton. The sanctuary is part of an important natural corridor connecting the Niagara Escarpment to Cootes Paradise Marsh. It provides habitat for Species at Risk and includes a public walking trail. Starting and finishing at Parks Canada's Discovery Centre on Hamilton Harbour, the walk will follow the scenic Waterfront Trail.
The trail is paved and wheelchair accessible, with washroom facilities and interpretive information along the route. Walkers can choose from a five-kilometre route that loops at Bayfront Park or a 10-kilometre route that includes the Desjardin Canal Fishway. There will be support stations with water located along the route and free rides on the Hamilton Waterfront Trust's waterfront trolleys for any walkers whose feet need a rest, or only wish to walk one-way.