Willow Park Ecology Centre, Norval (access off Mary Street at Highway 7, Norval)
Willow Park Ecology Centre (WPEC), Norval is a nature preserve ideal for nature study, education, experiential learning, passive recreation, and relaxation - located in the charming hamlet of Norval, within the Town of Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada - with access off Mary Street at Highway 7, Norval.
The award-winning Ecology Centre serves as an outdoor education resource operated by the WPEC volunteer Board of Directors, part-time staff, and network of volunteer supporters. The Centre exists to educate schoolchildren and the general public about ecology and the environment through programs and events, and to provide natural habitat for wildlife in the ravine. It offers year-round fun and engaging, nature-based programs and events for children, teens and adult volunteers and learners in a visitor-friendly 5-acre outdoor space.
The scenic park is located in the floodplain bounded by the West Branch of the Credit River (Silvercreek) and the main Credit River, within the Credit Valley and Hungry Hollow Centre for Biodiversity. It includes a board-walked wetland, a rehabilitated riverine shoreline, a snake hibernaculum, interpretive Tree Trail, as well as vegetated areas planted to attract specific wildlife.
The site was transformed by the group through community and partner engagement starting in the late 80’s. It was changed from a grassy trailer park into a scenic series of diverse ecosystems. Local volunteers have carried through with an ambitious plan to encourage natural regeneration in Willow Park. Today, the site has reached early succession, and provides a home to a growing number of native Ontario habitats, plants and animals. Building on their successes, the group has now embarked on an upstream restoration project by establishing the Hungry Hollow Collaborative and seeking grant funding. The work has ensued over 2 years and was awarded a Recognition of Merit from the Credit Valley Conservation for improving the natural health of the Hungry Hollow Environmentally Sensitive Area.
In addition to the program and event offerings of the Centre, the park is open to the public for passive recreational use from dawn to dusk in partnership with the Town Parks system, and the Credit Valley Conservation.
To learn more, please visit their website .
Norval is going to be celebrating Canada's 150th birthday all throughout 2017 with a variety of events and celebrations! Visit our calendar of events to see what's happening!
Explore Norval where Lucy Maud Montgomery lived for 9 years. Visit the historic sites Montgomery photographed and wrote about in her personal journals.
Norval is family friendly offering beautiful nature trails along the Credit River. McNab Park on Noble Street provides excellent fishing, riverside trail and areas for family picnics.
The Willow Park Ecology Centre provides fascinating nature programs for all ages. Parking is available on Mary Street.
The village of Norval was settled by 1820. Today many buildings remain, including our 3 historic churches which are open to the public.
You will discover our Pioneer Cemeteries, the former home of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the Heritage Garden in Norval Park, our unique Analemmatic Sundial and Willow Park Ecology Centre. Norval is proud of the many century buildings including two Heritage Designated properties the Norval Disciples of Christ Church and Lilac Lawns.
To learn more please visit their website
Photo: Norval on the Credit Festival
Come celebrate the turning of the season with an evening of drumming and singing led by Reverend Sheila Black. Welcome in the Winter Solstice with us in our beautiful, peaceful Ecology Park along the Credit River and Silver Creek.
Friday December 22nd from 6:30-8:30 pm
The sacred fire will be lit around 6:15 pm. Sheila will offer some native teachings.
We will smudge, we will sing, we will meditate, we will pray.
This is an outdoor event, please dress warmly. Bring your voice, your drums and plan to have some fun!
Hot drinks will be provided.
Please bring a love offering donation to help support Willow Park Ecology Centre. To learn more or let us know you are coming visit: their website
Willow Park Ecology Centre Location: Highway 7 at Mary Street, Norval (minutes east of Georgetown mall). Watch for the small blue Willow Park sign near Mary Street on Hwy 7. Parking: Mary St off Hwy 7 (north side), park beside the daycare, and follow the lights along the path to the Pavilion (allow 5-10 minutes).
Join us on June 17th for the Norval Community Association Strawberry Social.
Featuring Anne Shirley's Famous Raspberry Cordial (non-alcoholic)
Proceeds to Norval's Community Projects.
Tickets include unlimited Tea and/or Coffee
Location: Carter Farm
9880 Winston Churchill Blvd.
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
For tickets please call 905-877-7059 .
Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes
with a Foreword by singer-songwriter and Niagara Escarpment admirer Sarah Harmer
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Be sure to come visit Norval on November 25 and celebrate L.M. Montgomery during their annual Montgomery Christmas celebration!
Come and enjoy church bazaars, lunch & more at:
St Paul's Anglican Church
Norval United Church
Norval Presbyterian Church
St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church
Also be sure to enjoy Christmas at the Caretaker’s Cottage - an Art Sale by the Credit Valley Artisans from 9am – 3pm.
For more information, please visit their website .
Photo: Montgomery Christmas
St.Paul’s Parish Hall
16 Adamson Street, South
Saturday, June 3rd
2:00 - 4:00
Part I – Story Telling of Indigenous Peoples in Canada – Daisy Radigan
Part II - The Talking Circle – Dale Cimolai, Mohawk
This is an interactive activity that will raise your awareness and understanding of the First Nations of Canada. You are required to sign up in advance to participate.
It takes full 2 hours. Bring a blanket if you can.
Maximum 40 participants. Ages 10 and up.
For more information, please visit their website or call 905-877-2579 or 905-877-7059.
Photo: Kairos Blanket Exercise
It’s been a summer of delays due to watermain construction in Norval – but our 16ft pollinator canoe to honour the Credit River and our First Nations is finally a reality. It will be installed on site over the next week – with the help of contractors and the artist, Doris Treleaven of Metalscapes.
You are cordially invited to our scheduled launch celebrations on October 21st at 10 AM.
I hope that you are able to attend this ceremony and installation of an historic reminder of our past and the beginning of part of the Credit Valley Trail.
We will have the Toronto Zoo with their turtle exhibit to teach us more about our environment.
Bring your family and friends – and maybe a native pollinator plant or seeds to start off our canoe garden for the pollinators in the spring.
For more information please contact 905-877-2579.
Photo: Pollinator Canoe displayed in Norval at the start of the Credit Valley Trail.