Halton Region Museum launches Jeff’s Home – a virtual tour of the Escarpment in Halton

As Halton residents, we are fortunate to live in the path of the Niagara Escarpment. Stretching 725 km in length from Niagara to Tobermory, the Niagara Escarpment is classified as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. 24% of the total land area of the Niagara Escarpment Plan Area’s 480,000 acres is located here in Halton Region.

In fact, the Niagara Escarpment in Halton includes some of the most dramatic and picturesque Escarpment landscapes in Ontario.  There are impressive exposed dolostone cliffs at Rattlesnake Point External Link, Glen Eden External Link and Mount Nemo External Link. Hilton Falls Conservation Area External Link offers a beautiful waterfall and mill ruins and Crawford Lake External Link offers a reconstructed First Nations’ village.

While the Escarpment is instantly recognizable, it’s surprising how many people have never actually explored this wonderful natural landmark.

In the fall of 2009, staff at the Halton Region Museum began working in partnership with other organizations, on an interactive web exhibition on the Niagara Escarpment in Halton.

The goal of the project was to:

  • foster an appreciation and awareness of this significant natural heritage feature
  • further the conservation and preservation of Escarpment ecosystems
  • increase the viability of tourism on the Escarpment
  • promote organizations and sites conserving it

Jeff hanging onto a balloonOver the past year, the Museum worked with partners External Link to create an interactive, informative and easy to use experiential exhibition on the Escarpment in Halton. This ambitious project was undertaken in partnership with heritage and education groups in Halton to promote an understanding and respect for Escarpment heritage conservation. Jeff’s Home was made possible with the assistance of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s Museums and Technology Fund External Link.

The site is named after the Jefferson Salamander, one of the inhabitants of the Escarpment.  Jeff acts as a guide through the site’s virtual tour, educational and information resources.

Jeff’s Home provides an accessible way for people of all ages to take a virtual hike on the Escarpment in Halton. It reinforces the Museum’s position as a gateway to unique natural resource. I invite you to visit the site at jeffshome.halton.ca.

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