Get out and have family fun in Halton over March Break

March Break is almost here and if you are staying in Halton, there are so many things for you and your family to do. The HaltonParents team of public health nurses have been tweeting their growing number of followers about local activities for March Break, and reminding parents and caregivers to get out and be active with your kids. It’s not only great for your health, but it’s also great for building stronger connections with your children, no matter if they are 6 or 16.

Of course, as a former hockey player, skating was one of my favourite activities to do with my kids, but I used to love any times I spent with them when they had breaks from school. Here are some thoughts for what you can see and do in Halton this week:HRCA Crawford Lake

Of course, these are just a handful of ideas for you and your family. I encourage you to find out more about what is available just outside your front door. You can even check out the HaltonParents blog for more ideas about what to do with your kids during the winter. Enjoy the week.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at  gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Discover Halton this summer!

There’s no better place to enjoy summer fun than Halton. This summer, stroll along Burlington’s Waterfront Trail or take part in the Joseph Brant Day Festival on August 6.  Enjoy first class jazz at Downtown Oakville’s Jazz Festival, August 10-12, or visit one of the Town’s many shops, galleries and restaurants.

Drop by a Farmers’ Market in Georgetown or Acton or participate in Acton’s Leathertown Festival on August 12. Take in a movie under the stars at Kelso Conservation Area or register for Alexander Family Farm Day at Halton Region Museum.  Experience life on the farm with antique tractors and steam engines at Country Heritage Park in Milton.

Halton offers countless opportunities for entertainment, recreation, education, relaxation and fun – truly something for everyone.  You can find a list of things to see and do in Halton on the Region’s tourism webpages, Discovering Halton.

We also recently released an updated 2012 Cycling in Halton map. This easy-to-use map not only includes a bird’s eye view of the entire Region, but also recommends seven loop rides with suggested routes that include urban areas and nearby scenic, rural roads suitable for cycling.

This month we are also releasing Simply Local: Your guide to Halton farms.  This resource lists farmers’ markets, nurseries, horse farms, pick your own and on-farm markets.

Whether you are planning a staycation, looking for ways to keep out-of-town guests entertained, or just want to help promote our wonderful community, I invite you to discover and share Halton on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.  And you still have one day left to enter our latest contest. Tell us about your favourite summer activity in Halton and/or send us your best summer photo to be entered into a draw to win great prizes courtesy of Conservation Halton.

To learn more, visit www.halton.ca/tourism, dial 311, 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833. Find Halton Tourism on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter @HaltonTourism or on Pinterest at pinterest.com/haltontourism

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Celebrate Earth Day with Halton

Every year, on April 22, Halton Region joins over six million Canadians to celebrate the world’s largest environmental event, Earth Day. To help raise awareness, Halton Region planned several initiatives throughout the month of April to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

In honour of Earth Week, Regional staff have focused on initiatives to support green procurement and local food procurement.  On April 18, Halton Region was recognized by Local Food Plus for surpassing all of our local food procurement goals for 2011.  Staples was also on hand to host seminars about eco-friendly office procurement.

This Sunday (April 22) is Earth Day and to celebrate the Halton Region Museum in Kelso Conservation Area will be hosting its first ever “Trash Bash and Geocache” event.  As part of the 10th Annual International Cache In Trash Out weekend, this event allows participants to hunt for hidden caches using hand-held GPS units while picking up trash along the way.  If you would like to attend, you can register in advance online or by dialling 311.

Later this month, the Halton Waste Management Site will also host its annual Scouts Tree Planting Event in partnership with Conservation Halton and the Halton Scouts.  This event is part of the Region’s ongoing tree planting and maintenance program at the HWMS and allows local scouts to participate in an environmental project in their community.  Since 2000, scouts have planted over 670 native trees at the HWMS.

At Halton Region, we are committed to reducing our ecological footprint.  Corporate Sustainability is one of the priorities in the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan.  To learn more about some of the Region’s environmental initiatives, please read my Chair’s Corner on Earth Hour 2012.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.