SNC Fall Bus Tour rides again, September 17

Seen in image above: Photo taken at the Robert Graham Conservation Area during the annual SNC bus tour. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

NATION VALLEY — One of the best ways to get a close-up view of South Nation Conservation’s 4,384 square-kilometer jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario is by coach, sitting up high and soaking in local landscapes while learning more about the work the Conservation Authority does on behalf of its member municipalities.

That’s just part of the attraction of the annual SNC Bus Tour on Tuesday, September 17. 

“The tour is a great way to learn about the ecology right outside your backdoor or, in this case, your bus window,” said John Mesman, SNC’s Communications Lead. 

This year’s tour is headed to the northern region of SNC’s jurisdiction, passing through Russell, the rural east end of the City of Ottawa and Clarence-Rockland. 

Stops will showcase SNC’s environmental programs and services, local history, and ongoing and past projects; passengers will also have the opportunity to disembark the bus at select stops to take a closer look and hear from SNC and municipal staff. 

“Participants over the years have been amazed at what they’ve learnt about the community and municipal partnerships in place to protect the local environment,” added Mesman. “The bus tour is really a great opportunity to showcase some of our 20,000 acres of community land, water control structures, tree planting and other environmental stewardship projects.” 

The bus departs from SNC’s head office in Finch at 8 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. The tour’s cost is $15 per person, to cover costs of lunch and refreshments. Seats are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Attendees should dress in comfortable field clothes and avoid open-toed shoes and sandals. 

Book your spot by contacting Kelsey Smith at 1-877-984-2948, or

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