The land is rough in places, so sturdy footwear is essential. The area is not accessible for people with wheelchairs or scooters.
This tour will include the Kanata environmental area around the Kizell provincially-significant wetland. The tour will focus on how nature can be sustained within an urban development. On one side of the wetlands, participants will walk on pathways between the natural areas and urban development to see how nature was integrated into the urban plan, as an example of a garden-city concept. Then, on the other side of the wetlands, we will discuss how development can occur while trying to maintain linkage to the natural environment. During the tour, there will be stops along the way to see natural systems and discuss the participants’ views on what could happen in the area. Note that wildlife may be encountered as it is widespread within the area.
The tour will start in the parking lot-end of Walden Drive, follow the trail system along the north side of the wetlands, and then return on the pathway on the south side of the wetlands.
Marianne Wilkinson is currently the City Councillor for Kanata North. She is a long-time resident of Kanata, and has dealt with planning issues within Kanata since the 1970s. She is a geographer by training, and is a long-time fan of Jane Jacobs.