Book a seat on the Sept. 20 South Nation Conservation fall bus tour

A stop on one of SNC's previous fall bus tours. Courtesy photo

FINCH — The annual South Nation Conservation fall bus tour is set to roll Sept. 20, rain or shine. The comfortable coach-style bus departs SNC offices in Finch at 8 a.m., returning at 4 p.m., offering great views of the watershed’s landscape along the way.

At a cost of $10per person (including a bagged lunch), seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book a spot on the bus by contacting Kelsey Smith at 877-984-2948, ext. 313, or

“The popularity of our annual tour has really been growing,” said Lisa Van De Ligt, SNC Communications Specialist. “Sometimes, we’ve had to turn people away because every seat was taken.”

While the tour is a relaxing way to spend the day, Van De Ligt pointed out the main objective is to inform residents about the ecology that is right outside their backdoors — or, in this case, their bus windows.

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“Tour participants over the years have been amazed at what they’ve discovered about area water resources, flood control measures, wildlife and fish habitat, reforestation, and pollution reduction partnerships with the agricultural community and other property owners.”

This time, the tour is headed to the central region of SNC’s jurisdiction, through parts of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

SNC staff will describe points of interest along the way and provide more detailed information at several stops where passengers will be invited to briefly disembark the bus.

While not physically demanding, there could be some rough terrain on those short excursions. Attendees are urged to dress in comfortable field clothes and to avoid open-toed shoes and sandals.

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