In addition to incredible mountain vistas and impressive hiking trails, Foley Mountain now offers a story trail adventure.

A story trail adventure is a fun and engaging activity that places the pages from a children’s story along a trail. Children can enjoy the outdoors and read a book with their family and friends.

“This is a great summertime activity for families to enjoy,” says Rebecca Whitman, Area Supervisor and Outdoor Educator at the Foley Mountain Conservation Area. “This fun, non-contact activity is a great way to promote literacy, healthy lifestyles and connecting with nature.”

The Foley Mountain Story Trail Adventure currently features The Gruffalo, a treasured tale of a crafty mouse and his encounter with other animals and a lovable monster in the woods. The pages of the book, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, are posted along the 350-metre long Jack Herbert Mobility Trail. The trail is easy to navigate for all ages of children. It consists of a wide stone dust path that can accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, and wagons. Each stop also includes specially designed nature clues and activities, courtesy of Whitman and the Foley Mountain outdoor education team.

“Learning about nature in nature is very powerful,” says Whitman. “We are delighted to support the healthy development of children through play and outdoor experiences.”

Participants are encouraged to give feedback about their experience and those who complete a survey could win an annual pass to Foley Mountain and ten other conservation areas owned and operated by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. More information about the survey can be found at the end of the story trail adventure!

The story will change after several weeks, so visitors can experience a new adventure in a different area of the conservation area and new activities.

Visitors are welcome to Foley Mountain located just “above” Westport in Rideau Lakes Township to enjoy the story trail adventure, the amazing views from Spy Rock, natural swimming area and picnic areas. Day passes are $7 per vehicle or an annual pass to RVCA conservation areas through-out the watershed is available for $50. Buy your pass online before you visit. Learn more at