The Charleswood Historical Society (CHS) is mixing history and natural habitat during a "walk and talk" along the Harte Trail at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6.
Mike Quigley, education co-ordinator with the city’s Naturalist Services Branch, will be speaking about the diverse flora and fauna along the trail, said Lois Caron, who wears two hats as president of Friends of the Harte Trail and director of the CHS,
"Mike is very knowledgeable and really knows his way around all this stuff," Caron said.
"He’s amazing. He’s worked out here and he’s very familiar with The Harte Trail,"
Also joining the walk will be CHS president Len Van Roon Jr., who will be adding history to the mix.
The event is the seventh in a series of presentations in advance of Charleswood’s centennial celebrations this summer, Caron said.
All are welcome to join the walk, she said, which will begin at the Van Roon Gardens at the south end of Cullen Drive. The plan, weather permitting, is to walk through the gardens and the Van Roon Forest as far as Fraser Meadow Park — about a two kilometre round trip.
Caron said The Harte Trail, a 6.5 kilometre path from the Perimeter Highway to Shaftesbury Boulevard, crosses other trails and passes through wetlands, grasslands, and bird habitat.
The Van Roon Gardens, in particular, are a gem that many people are unaware of, Caron said.
"Every year they’re getting fuller and more beautiful…we planted trees last fall."