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Explore History and Nature at the Lake St. George Field Centre Open House

Jun 02, 2011

(TORONTO, June 1) On Saturday, June 11, Lake St. George Field Centre, a 120 hectare ecologically significant site on the Oak Ridges Moraine in Richmond Hill, opens its doors to the public for one day, as part of Doors Open Richmond Hill.  Normally only open to school and community groups, this is the third annual Doors Open Richmond Hill event organized by The Ontario Heritage Trust and the Town of Richmond Hill. At the Centre, visitors can discover the Centre's rich history, natural heritage, scenic grounds, and important role as an outdoor education centre.

"We are pleased to be participating in Doors Open once again this year," said Darryl Gray, Manager, Education, Toronto and Region Conservation. "The history of Lake St. George is closely entwined with the history of Richmond Hill and Doors Open is a great opportunity to invite our friends and neighbours from the local community in to see one of the Toronto region's most unique education facilities."

Toronto and Region Conservation has been operating Lake St. George as a residential outdoor education centre for thirty years. School classes and community groups visit for two to five days, enjoying hands-on experience and learning about the environment.  The property is not normally open to the public, but welcomes groups by reservation.

What: Lake St. George Field Centre Open House

  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard a quiet, solar-powered, 25-passenger pontoon boat. Admire the beauty and wildlife of one of the glacial kettle lakes of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
  • Join a guided tour of Davies Hall, the 1908 estate house. Climb the servants' staircase to former bedrooms, and descend into the fieldstone basement, built on the foundation of an 1856 log chateau.
  • Chat with archaeologist about artifacts they have found. There is evidence here from many aboriginal sites, ranging from a 600 year old longhouse village to a 9000 year old caribou hunting camp.
  • See historic buildings, remnants of gardens and orchards, and photos of the site's history.

Where:  Lake St. George Field Centre is at 950 Bethesda Side Road, 400 metres east of Bayview Avenue, in north Richmond Hill.  Bethesda Side Road is two kilometres north of Stouffville Road and two kilometres south of Bloomington Road.

When: Gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boat tours and walking tours are both offered every 45 minutes.  Admission, parking, tours and refreshments are all free of charge.

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at

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