Posted by Dan Orr, Communications and Education Technician
I recently became a sailor.
After a few lessons this spring, I found a boat for the right (very low) price on Kijiji, and have been enjoying the 23ft yacht ever since.
The coolest thing about my sailing experience so far is rediscovering what an amazing place our little corner of Canada is.
I had been a landlubber up until now, and a resident in this area my entire life (minus college, and a few extended trips to British Columbia) and I always found the area to be quite beautiful. But like any place, the same sights and sounds slowly drift into the background. I knew the mighty Trent River well, and that it drained into the Bay of Quinte, but I had never really experienced the Bay itself.
My first sail found me in complete awe. I could not believe I was still in the Quinte region. It felt like I was in a different world altogether. Small points of land and islands that I never knew existed kept me constantly searching the waters for new discoveries. Jumping fish and diving Terns was a welcome sight too.
My job is all about understanding the watershed; where rivers, creeks, and streams drain. In our case, most watercourses drain into the Trent River and then into the Bay with a few courses draining directly into Lake Ontario. But it is one thing to look on a map and see where everything flows; it is another to be right in the middle of it. It was quite magnificent to be in the water that came from Cold, Rawdon, Mill, and Mayhew Creeks, the Trent and Crowe River, Rice Lake, and beyond.
It was at this point that I realized how truly important the Bay of Quinte is and the need to protect it. The health of the Bay is important in maintaining not only a strong terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem, but the local economy as well through recreation and tourism.
Lower Trent works tirelessly in maintaining that economic and environmental health. Our Watershed Management Program, Municipal Planning Program, Hazard Land Regulations, and Conservation Lands ultimately benefit the Bay of Quinte. And we are blessed to have an organization such as the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan working to make the Bay better and better.
The impression the Bay is heavily polluted, is a myth that is still rooted in the minds of residents. While there is still some work to do, the Bay is considered to be one of the healthier spots along Lake Ontario.
If you have yet to discover the Bay of Quinte I recommend doing so. The benefits are endless.