Pine Vista Resort Builds Wetlands Eco-Boardwalk

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To preserve their resort property's fragile wetlands and promote eco-tourism in Ontario's Kawartha Lakes tourist region, Pine Vista Resort has constructed a boardwalk creating a nature walk that gives resort guests the opportunity to observe the creatures that inhabit the wetland's eco-system.

As part of an assertive effort to preserve sensitive wetlands and protect the environment, Pine Vista Resort (http://www.pinevista.com), a four-season cottage resort on Stoney Lake, has constructed a natural boardwalk through their resort property's extensive wetlands. The boardwalk was designed to allow resort guests the opportunity to safely observe and enjoy the many resident creatures that make the wetland ecosystem their home without causing damage to this fragile environment. Pine Vista Resort's owners believe that sharing the wonders of nature creates a better understanding of our natural environment and increases the public's desire to protect it.

Pine Vista Resort's wetlands are teeming with life. On view are many diverse species of animals and plant life. Sightings of beaver, turtles, snakes and frogs are quite common. As well, dozens of different species of birds can be observed from the boardwalk. Guests are invited to spend a few hours observing the wildlife on display. A log book is available trailside so that guests may share with others their experiences and sightings. They can also read about the sightings of others before them.

In the summer months the boardwalk will be used in Pine Vista's Kids Klub program. The children participating in the Kid's Klub will learn about the various components of our natural environment in a way that they can understand and that is fun for them. Under the guidance of program leaders, the children will be using the information collected in the boardwalk sighting log to learn about the significance of wetlands, and their importance to the health and sustainability of our planet. "Through our interpretative programs it is our goal to promote interest by developing an understanding of our role as humans to share, respect and care for natural systems that all creatures call home," states Pine Vista Resort owner Bonnie Hamilton.

Ecotourism is the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry. Interest in ecotourism and nature-oriented tourism coincides with a universal concern with the decline of forests, loss of species and global warming, heightened public support of conservation.
Out-door recreation and environmentally sustainable tourism is important to Canadians. As well, more people are participating in outdoor recreation due to greater awareness of the importance of health and fitness. A number of outdoor, nature-based, non-consumptive recreation activities have experienced significant growth. Bird watching is rapidly becoming one of the most popular nature-based activities in Canada, followed by hiking and back-packing.

"Preserving our wetlands just makes sense. Not only because it is the right thing to do but also because protected wildlife areas can make a significant economic contribution to communities. Rapidly growing activities like bird watching directly benefit areas that depend on tourism. Bird watchers and other eco tourists visit areas that actively protect the environment. We are pleased that Pine Vista Resort can play a part in protecting the environment and sustaining eco-friendly tourism," adds Hamilton.

About Pine Vista Resort:
Located in Ontario's Kawartha Lakes region on the shores of Stoney Lake, Pine Vista Resort is an award winning and affordable four season housekeeping cottage resort for nature lovers of all ages. Perfect for any family summer vacation, fishing weekend, romantic couples retreat or girls getaway. Pine Vista Resort offers four star quality accommodations, extensive recreational activities and great value. Visit Pine Vista Resort's web site: http://www.pinevista.com to learn more about Pine Vista Resort's many vacation packages and accommodation specials or call toll free 1-800-634-2848.

Contact Information:
Bonnie Hamilton
Pine Vista Resort
RR #2
Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0
Toll Free 1-800-634-2848
Local 705 877-2108
http://www.pinevista.com

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