Bringing you closer to active adventures
In 2007, Annapolis County Recreation Services launched the Annapolis County Outdoor Recreation Map. As the subtitle suggests “Bringing you closer to active adventures,” the purpose of this map is to showcase active outdoor recreation opportunities in hopes that residents and visitors will explore the County and have fun planning outdoor adventures.
Recently, Annapolis County Recreation Services developed a program around the Outdoor Recreation Map. The program “Adventure Quest” will challenge all residents to become more active in the outdoors. Using the Annapolis County Outdoor Recreation Map and other Annapolis County Recreation publications, residents will embark on a journey and explore our great county. “Many people are unaware of the hidden beauty, diverse landscape and scenic vistas, parks, trails and open spaces that we have here,” says Recreation Coordinator Debra Ryan. “This new program is a fun and active way to learn about Annapolis County.”
Adventure Quest challenges participants to complete six treks between October 2009 and March 2010. Folks can walk, hike, jog, run, bicycle, canoe, kayak, snowshoe, cross-country ski and horseback riding. Five of the six treks should be chosen from the following Annapolis County Recreation Services publications: • Annapolis County Active Living Guide • Bicycle Annapolis County • Canoe Annapolis County • Parks, Trails & Open Spaces brochure.
The remaining sixth trek should be one that isn’t mentioned in the department’s publications. It can be a place in your community or somewhere in the county that maybe only you or some of your friends may know about. Annapolis County’s parks, trails, public and settlement (K-class) roads are some of the oldest in Nova Scotia, and indeed throughout Canada. The Annapolis County Outdoor Recreation Map is a great tool that will help you, your family, group and/or friends plan your outdoor adventure to complete the Adventure Quest. You will be given an Adventure Quest pamphlet to record each of your treks. Participants must also take a picture or two of each trek to prove they have actually completed the activity. Once the six treks have been completed the pamphlet and pictures are to be turned in to Annapolis County Recreation Services. In April 2010, after the fall/winter time frame has ended, prizes will be awarded.
People wishing to sign up for the Adventure Quest should visit the Club 400 website at www.annapoliscounty.ns.ca/club400, then click on the Adventure Quest link. There will be more information and a registration form to download there. As well, you can contact Annapolis County Recreation Services by phoning Brian Orde, Recreation Projects & Programs Assitant, 532-3144 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also drop by 752 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal to register, pick up your Adventure Quest pamphlet, Outdoor Recreation Map, Annapolis County Active Living Guide, Bicycle Annapolis County, Canoe Annapolis County and Parks, Trails & Open Spaces brochure to begin your outdoor adventures!
Annapolis County Recreation Services will officially launch this program with a guided walk on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2:30 p.m. at Belleisle Marsh in Belleisle. There will be prizes and refreshments for everyone. This will be the first of many upcoming Adventure Quest events in the coming months and year.