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Discover Norval, a historic village nestled in the valley of the beautiful Credit River. Norval has been a thriving village for over 150 years, with its Post Office established by 1836. By 1851, the Guelph Plank Road was built through Norval.

Lucy Maud Montgomery, the famous Canadian author of Anne of Green Gables, arrived here with her Presbyterian husband the Reverend Ewan MacDonald, and her two sons in 1926. During the next nine years, L.M. Montgomery wrote 5 books and completed two and a half volumes of her personal journals. She penned her books in the upstairs bedroom of the manse, facing “Russell’s Hill of Pines.”

Volumes 3 and 4 of the Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery describe village life in Norval from 1926 -1935. Many places and buildings noted in the journals can still be seen today.

The Lucy Maud Montgomery Garden is a public garden, which blooms with colour from spring to late fall. While there, take the chance to discover a unique human interactive sundial known as an analemmatic sundial, one of only 7 in North America. Norval also honours Lucy Maud Montgomery’s birthday with their annual Montgomery Christmas in late November.

Adjacent to the L. M. Montgomery Garden is the Willow Park Ecology Centre and the Credit River. At the park you can enjoy a Butterfly Garden, Snake Hibernaculum, a wetland environment, a woodland restoration and the Robert Noble Tree Trail.

Norval is a charming village rich in both history and natural beauty whose residents are happy to welcome you.



Willow Park Ecology Centre

Willow Park Ecology Centre - Halton's Outdoor Education Destination.
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Norval Community Association

A nonprofit group involved in municipal issues that affect the village, such as future development, roads and traffic.
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Norval-on-the-Credit

It’s been a summer of delays due to watermain construction in Norval – but our 16ft pollinator canoe to honour the Credit River and our First...
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Montgomery Christmas

Be sure to come visit Norval and celebrate L.M. Montgomery during their annual Montgomery Christmas celebration!
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Norval Strawberry Social at Carter Farm

Join us from 1-3 on June 17th for the Norval Community Association Strawberry Social at Carter Farm.
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Your #1 Hiking Guide in Halton: Loops & Lattes

Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes with a Foreword by singer-songwriter and Niagara Escarpment admirer Sarah Harmer Want to reduce stress, spend time...
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Willow Park Ecology Centre

Willow Park Ecology Centre, Norval (access off Mary Street at Highway 7, Norval)

Willow Park Ecology Centre (WPEC), Norval is a nature preserve ideal for nature study, education, experiential learning, passive recreation, and relaxation - located in the charming hamlet of Norval, within the Town of Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada - with access off Mary Street at Highway 7, Norval.

The award-winning Ecology Centre serves as an outdoor education resource operated by the WPEC volunteer Board of Directors, part-time staff, and network of volunteer supporters. The Centre exists to educate schoolchildren and the general public about ecology and the environment through programs and events, and to provide natural habitat for wildlife in the ravine. It offers year-round fun and engaging, nature-based programs and events for children, teens and adult volunteers and learners in a visitor-friendly 5-acre outdoor space.

The scenic park is located in the floodplain bounded by the West Branch of the Credit River (Silvercreek) and the main Credit River, within the Credit Valley and Hungry Hollow Centre for Biodiversity. It includes a board-walked wetland, a rehabilitated riverine shoreline, a snake hibernaculum, interpretive Tree Trail, as well as vegetated areas planted to attract specific wildlife.

The site was transformed by the group through community and partner engagement starting in the late 80’s. It was changed from a grassy trailer park into a scenic series of diverse ecosystems. Local volunteers have carried through with an ambitious plan to encourage natural regeneration in Willow Park. Today, the site has reached early succession, and provides a home to a growing number of native Ontario habitats, plants and animals. Building on their successes, the group has now embarked on an upstream restoration project by establishing the Hungry Hollow Collaborative and seeking grant funding. The work has ensued over 2 years and was awarded a Recognition of Merit from the Credit Valley Conservation for improving the natural health of the Hungry Hollow Environmentally Sensitive Area.

In addition to the program and event offerings of the Centre, the park is open to the public for passive recreational use from dawn to dusk in partnership with the Town Parks system, and the Credit Valley Conservation.

To learn more, please visit their website .



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Norval Community Association

Norval is going to be celebrating Canada's 150th birthday all throughout 2017 with a variety of events and celebrations! Visit our calendar of events to see what's happening!

Explore Norval where Lucy Maud Montgomery lived for 9 years. Visit the historic sites Montgomery photographed and wrote about in her personal journals.

Norval is family friendly offering beautiful nature trails along the Credit River. McNab Park on Noble Street provides excellent fishing, riverside trail and areas for family picnics.

The Willow Park Ecology Centre provides fascinating nature programs for all ages. Parking is available on Mary Street.

The village of Norval was settled by 1820. Today many buildings remain, including our 3 historic churches which are open to the public.

You will discover our Pioneer Cemeteries, the former home of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the Heritage Garden in Norval Park, our unique Analemmatic Sundial and Willow Park Ecology Centre. Norval is proud of the many century buildings including two Heritage Designated properties the Norval Disciples of Christ Church and Lilac Lawns.

To learn more please visit their website

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Norval-on-the-Credit

It’s been a summer of delays due to watermain construction in Norval – but our 16ft pollinator canoe to honour the Credit River and our First Nations is finally a reality. It will be installed on site over the next week – with the help of contractors and the artist, Doris Treleaven of Metalscapes.

You are cordially invited to our scheduled launch celebrations on October 21st at 10 AM.

I hope that you are able to attend this ceremony and installation of an historic reminder of our past and the beginning of part of the Credit Valley Trail.

We will have the Toronto Zoo with their turtle exhibit to teach us more about our environment.
Bring your family and friends – and maybe a native pollinator plant or seeds to start off our canoe garden for the pollinators in the spring.

For more information please contact 905-877-2579.

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Montgomery Christmas

Be sure to come visit Norval on November 25 and celebrate L.M. Montgomery during their annual Montgomery Christmas celebration!

Come and enjoy church bazaars, lunch & more at:

St Paul's Anglican Church
Norval United Church
Norval Presbyterian Church
St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church

For more information, please visit their website .

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Norval Strawberry Social at Carter Farm

Join us on June 17th for the Norval Community Association Strawberry Social.

Featuring Anne Shirley's Famous Raspberry Cordial (non-alcoholic)

Proceeds to Norval's Community Projects.

Tickets include unlimited Tea and/or Coffee

Location: Carter Farm
9880 Winston Churchill Blvd.
Norval, Ontario

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

For tickets please call 905-877-7059 .



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Your #1 Hiking Guide in Halton: Loops & Lattes

Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes
with a Foreword by singer-songwriter and Niagara Escarpment admirer Sarah Harmer

Want to reduce stress, spend time with friends and family, feel healthier and have fun? Then lace up a pair of walking shoes and hit the trails.
Building on the success of Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes, Nicola Ross’s latest hiking guide, Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes, expands into new hiking territory.
Nicola describes 37 routes that will appeal to casual walkers as well as seasoned hikers. Her loops all begin and conveniently end at the same location, so there’s no need to drop a car or to retrace one’s footsteps. Ranging in length from 3.6 to 24.8 kilometres, each is accompanied by a detailed map, precise directions, loads of colour photos and a smattering of local lore.

Halton Hikes features routes in Oakville and Burlington, along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment near Campbellville, Milton, Acton, Georgetown and Glen Williams, and into the rural areas just across the border near Eden Mills, Rockwood, Erin, Cheltenham and Terra Cotta. If you live in or visit the Greater Toronto Area and the Golden Horseshoe, Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes will provide you with days of enjoyment.

208 pages, soft cover, full colour, sewn binding
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For more information, please visit her website or e-mail nross@woodrising.com.

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