Attawandaron Cycling Route: newest Amazing Place in Norfolk County

NORFOLK COUNTY, June 7, 2018 – The Long Point World Biosphere and Norfolk County celebrated the launch of the Attawandaron Cycling Route with an indigenous ceremony and a bike ride along a stretch of the 122km route. The cycling route is dedicated to the indigenous people who lived along the shore of Lake Erie during the 16th and 17th centuries. The name “Attawandaron” means “people of a slightly different language”. To Europeans, they were known as the Neutral Nation. They lived in harmony with nature and did not significantly alter the landscape. “The addition of the Attawandaron Cycling Route as our newest Amazing Place provides visitors and local residents with a special connection to Norfolk County’s natural and indigenous history while viewing wonderful scenery and lots of wildlife along the way” said John Everett representing the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation. “Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate our 20th Amazing Place in Norfolk County”. Mayor Luke stated: “The dedication of the Attawandaron Cycle route along the north shore of Lake Erie is most significant. Norfolk’s history dates back to some of the earliest in the province and this dedicated route helps bring that to life. As well, this route assists in moving forward the important cycling destination that Norfolk has become! Amazing Places are must-visit destinations that are rich in natural and local history, have breathtaking scenery, and are home to the some of the widest varieties of plants and wildlife in Canada. The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation brought the Amazing Places program to Norfolk County as part of its on-going efforts to promote sustainable tourism and communities with the Biosphere. The Foundation is also dedicated to conserving biodiversity and partnering in research, monitoring, outreach and education. A special thank you goes to Margaret and Leon Fleury for joining us in today’s dedication. We were honoured that Leon who sits as the Traditional Knowledge Keeper on the Clear Water Métis Council led us in the dedication. Thank you to Lakeside Vista, Ontario’s South Coast Bicycles and Tours Inc. Red Apple Rides and for hosting our launch and Margaret and Leon Fleury for the dedication ceremony! Our Amazing Places in Norfolk County are: Backus Heritage Conservation Area Backus Woods Black Bridge – Waterford Heritage Trail Big Creek National Wildlife Area Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery Canada’s First Forestry Station Deer Creek Conservation Area Joe Csubak Viewing Area Long Point Bird Observatory Long Point Eco Adventures Long Point Provincial Park Beach Lynn Valley Trail Port Dover Harbour Museum Port Rowan Wetlands Quance Dam & Mill Sand Hill Park Sutton Conservation Area Waterford Agriculture & Heritage Museum Whistling Gardens Attawandaron Cycling Route We would like to thank the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development Department for their support of the Amazing Places project in the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve and Norfolk County. To view our Amazing Places in Norfolk: www.VisitAmazingPlaces.ca/long-point and www.longpointbiosphere.com Media Contact: Patti O’Reilly Sustainable Tourism Project Manager Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation www.longpointbiosphere.ca 519-426-5870 ext. 1295