TransCanada donates to boardwalk project

The Friends of the Sanctuary “Get on Board” boardwalk project to replace and enhance the existing boardwalk system at the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary east of Morrisburg, received a solid boost on Monday, June 8, when TransCanada presented a $5,000 funding cheque.

“We are thrilled to receive this important funding from TransCanada,” said Friends chair Chuck Clavet in a press release. “Our “Get on Board” boardwalk rehabilitation project is an important one as it helps to connect visitors to some very unique aspects of nature in our region.” 

The Get on Board rehabilitation project was launched by the Friends in 2014.

One boardwalk at the sanctuary is currently closed due to deterioration and the existing Redwing Trail is seeing much deterioration.

“We do a lot of work in this area,” said Jon Pitcher, Trans Canada’s Ontario Community Relation Lead who was on hand to make the presentation. “Trans Canada has been in this area for the last 60 years. This goes with community and environment in a big way, and we are happy to help out. We are very happy to support nature and the beautiful environment we live in. TransCanada is very proud to be contributing to the Get On Board Boardwalks initiative.”

“This is a project that is the fruit of a lot of hard work, as well as thoughtful dedication by members of this community.  As we plan, construct and operate the Energy East pipeline, TransCanada is committed to working with local communities along the project corridor. We believe in making a positive difference where we live and work. We are always looking for ways to help build stronger communities by investing in community, the environment and safety. Giving back has been both a part of our everyday culture and one of our core beliefs for more than 60 years.”

The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary covers 9,000 hectares of wooded uplands, crop land, waterways and marshlands. It offers more than 8 km of self-guided nature trails where visitors can get up close to nature seeing countless species of birds, wildlife and natural habitat.

In addition to a campground located on Nairne Island, the Waterfront Trail for Cyclists runs through the Sanctuary.

“The Sanctuary is a wonderful place for everyone, but especially families and children to experience nature first-hand,” says Clavet. “The Friends is very much a community minded group of volunteers committed to the Sanctuary.”

Large corporations, groups and individuals are invited to partner with the Friends of the Sanctuary in support of the Get on Board project. The Friends of the Sanctuary is a registered charity organization and donations are eligible for a tax receipt.

Donations can be sent to PO Box 156 Ingleside, On, K0C 1M0 or made online at

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