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Braden Marshall serves up hot chocolate.

11-year-old warms up winter spirits

Braden Marshall, 11, and friends are getting ready for some great outdoor entertainment during the third Hot Chocolate Festival at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area.

The event focuses on family fun, active living and the value of nature by combining great treats, live entertainment, activities and mapped trails. Presented by Marz Homes, proceeds support the Hamilton Conservation Foundation and Sustainable Hamilton, two not-for-profit organizations dedicated to enhancing environmental sustainability in Hamilton, Ontario.

 There will be many activities for people of all ages to participate in including:

What’s Alive? in the Dundas Valley provided by the Hamilton Conservation Authority: Visit the new Field Centre and sign up for a mini workshop on owls. Also take part in the outdoor What’s Alive Challenge where you can explore the Wildlife Teaching Garden in search of clues of the plants and animals that make the Dundas Valley their home, hide inside the Bird Blind and view visiting winter birds, and check out the Tracking Station for animal tracks.

Colouring Station: Colouring books and crayons will be available at the colouring station to create your own masterpieces.

 Pinecone Birdfeeders provided by Today’s Family: Turn a pinecone and other materials into your very own bird feeder. Hang it up in your backyard and bring the area’s nature to you.

 Snowshoeing provided by Adventure Attic: Enjoy the Conservation Area in a new way, collect your friends and learn how to snowshoe.

 Story Tellers’ Corner

Join local story teller Anna Schafer as she tells children’s tales of winter and nature. Local children’s author Joan Krygsman will also be available with her line of children’s books.

 Dundas Valley Trail System

Enjoy the beauty of the Dundas Valley Trail System and learn about the area’s natural ecosystem. Trails will be marked for the event offering different levels of difficulty for all ages. Trail maps will be available with the available routes highlighted.

To satisfy your appetite, there is a great line up of various food vendors including:

Domestique-Cafe

Beaver Tails

Gorilla Cheese

Hamilton Funnel Cake Factory

Johnny Blonde

Mike’s Dog House

Pappas Greek

Twistie Taters

The entertainment lineup includes Katie Bulley, Alfie Smith, Terra Lightfoot and Steve Sinnicks.  

Braden’s Hot Chocolate Festival takes place on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 17,  11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 650 Governor’s Rd,, Dundas. Proceeds will support the Hamilton Conservation Foundation and Sustainable Hamilton 

Entrance is free. Cups of hot chocolate are on a donation basis with a minimum of $2 per cup requested.  Additional donations are welcome. Parking is $5 on-site or free shuttle rides from Highland Secondary School

For more, see hotchocolatefestival.ca.

 

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