As the cooler fall weather settles over the area, Cataraqui Conservation is bringing back its Hike Challenge, which they said will advantage of the beautiful, colourful landscapes of the Cataraqui Region.
Now in its sixth year, the Hike Challenge provides an opportunity for individuals, small groups, and families to spend some quality time together in nature, exploring the various trails at Cataraqui Conservation owned Conservation Areas, according to a release from the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA).
The Hike Challenge runs from 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, and participants can choose to do the full challenge of eight trails or a half challenge of four trails.
To keep the Challenge as “fresh, fun, and interactive as possible”, Cataraqui Conservation said they have tweaked the format so that the process and outcome is more user-friendly and user-driven.
“This year, we invite participants to register on our website then head out and hike their favourite trails at each of our Conservation Areas, as well as any section of the Cataraqui Trail and take a photo during each of these individual hikes,” CRCA said. “Photos should demonstrate why you love that trail so much and can include plants, animals, your family, friends, pets, or anything else that exemplifies your trail experience.”
CRCA hopes this will encourage new visitors to the trails to go out exploring and to document their experience with their photos, as well as encourage long-time trail users to perhaps try out a different route.
“After completing your sojourn on each trail, upload your photos to Cataraqui Conservation’s Hike Challenge Photo Contest page to complete your entry,” CRCA instructed, noting that winners will be chosen by all who visit the page, “meaning potentially thousands of area folks will be inspired by your trail experience.”
Once the photos are uploaded, voting will begin and will run until Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, and the winners will be announced during the first week of December.
Prizes will be awarded for the most popular photo from the full challenge and one from the half challenge, according to the release. Four annual passes to Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area will also be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place photos from each category. Visit the Hike Challenge website at https://cataraquiconservation.ca/pages/hike-challenge for further details.