The Township of North Huron has been blessed with excellent hiking and nature trails in or near its three communities.
In Wingham, there is the Wingham Community Trail, a 2.5-kilometre loop trail along both sides of the Maitland River. The Wawanosh Nature Centre just outside of Belgrave offers a three-kilometre trail that loops through various ecosystems in a conservation area that features meadowlands, a hemlock forest, the Maitland River and the babbling Belgrave Creek. In Blyth, you’ll find an access point to the Goderich-to-Guelph Rail Trail that is a popular biking and accessible walking trail, part of which is also the Greenway Trail, a well-maintained path that follows the Blyth Brook and features many ponds and wooded areas along its length.
As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers into its second summer, municipalities are having to think outside the box for ways for the public to safely have fun and enjoy the area. Denise Lockie, the Marketing and Promotion Assistant was excited to promote a fun way for people to engage with these trails by creating a selfie contest. A “Find the Fox” contest as part of the Huron Hygge festival was a huge success, so they are building on that idea.
All of the trails abound with wildlife and Lockie hopes that you can catch a selfie with some of the flora and fauna that we share the area with. Of course, we know that getting them to sit still for a photo, let alone a selfie, can be a bit of a challenge! To help everyone out, she has created some fun representations and placed them along the paths so that you can get the perfect shot.
Just find the laminated creatures on any of North Huron’s trails, take a selfie and post it on the North Huron Recreation Department’s Facebook page, or using the hashtag #northhurontrails on any social media post. For each photo that you post by Labour Day, you will be entered into a draw for some cool swag bags with items from North Huron, the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority and Stops Along the Way.