Hillsborough River Association 2017 celebrations
Speaker series: May 1 & 29
Trail hikes: May 6 & 17
The Hillsborough River Association will host a variety of events and activities during 2017 with the theme of “All Around The Hillsborough". 2017 marks the 20th Anniversary of the designation of the Hillsborough as the Island’s first Canadian Heritage River. A Speakers Series continues with two presentations. There will be two Pigot’s Trail hikes featuring birds and history.
JoDee Samuelson, a graduate of the Institute of Island Studies who studied the history of the watermills of Prince Edward Island and Gotland Island, Sweden during her Master’s Thesis will offer her presentation “Powered by Water: The Mills of the Hillsborough.” JoDee’s presentation will cover the spectrum of water powered mills including grist, carding, saw, electric power and other mills along the Hillsborough. Her presentation, which includes two short videos featuring water-power entrepreneurs on the Hillsborough, will be held on May 1 at Beaconsfield Carriage House, corner of West and Kent Streets in Charlottetown starting at 7:30 pm.
Georges Arsenault, a well-known Acadian historian, folklorist and author, will offer a presentation titled “Acadians on the Hillsborough.” Georges will speak to where and how the Acadians lived along the various courses of the Hillsborough. His presentation will be held on May 29 at Stratford Town Hall’s Southport Room starting at 7:30 pm.
Hikes will be held at Mount Stewart May 6 and 17 commencing at the Hillsborough River Eco-Centre and travelling around Pigot’s Trail adjacent to the Ducks Unlimited Canada Allisary Creek Impoundment, a distance of 4.5 km. Trails-for-All will be co-host on May 6 and Island Trail’s Wednesday Hiking Group will be May 17 co-host. Dan McAskill will provide bird interpretation and speak on the multifaceted history of this area for both hikes. Participants should meet either at Indigo Books Parking Lot at 8:30 am sharp for car pooling to the Eco-Centre or at Hillsborough River Eco-Centre at 9 am. Bring your binoculars. A telescope will be used to pick out rarities.
On May 6, the Pisquid River Enhancement Project and Hillsborough River Association will host their Smelt Festival at Shephard’s Farm, 66 Whittlesy Road (off Joey’s Road) in Pisquid from 10 am to 1 pm. The annual Smelt Festival features tours of smelt spawning areas, nature hikes and birding, wagon rides, children’s farm tour, geocaching, a traditional smelt fry and barbeque and more.