Guided walks offer a break from the hustle and bustle

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CRD Parks continues to provide an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season this weekend:

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? Why do we sing about holly and ivy? What tales were told in the days of old? Find out at the Solstice Stroll, a guided walk suitable for all ages. Enjoy the quiet forest of Witty's Lagoon with CRD Regional Parks' guest naturalist Joe Percival.

The free event runs 1 to 2: 30 p.m. Saturday at Witty's Lagoon Regional Park in Metchosin. Meet at the Witty's Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. Use B.C. Transit bus No. 54 or No. 55.

? Winter in the Woods is a guided walk for those eight and older. Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for a stroll to the summit of Lone Tree Regional Park in Highlands, enjoying the sights and signs of winter along the way. Warm forest tea will be provided. The walk is from 10: 30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lone Tree Regional Park. Meet in the parking lot off Millstream Road. Wear sturdy shoes.

? Thetis Lake Loop is a guided walk for those eight and older. Explore the park's natural history on a guided hike around Thetis Lake with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist.

The hike is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Thetis Lake Regional Park in View Royal. Meet at the main Thetis Lake parking lot.

Bring a snack or lunch and wear sturdy footwear.

? Whoo-o-o has eyes as big as yours, stays up late at night and snacks on mice? An owl, of course. Learn about these night hunters at Who's Hooting, a guided walk suitable for ages five and up with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. The free event runs from 1 to 2: 30 p.m. Sunday at Mill Hill Regional Park. Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Atkins Avenue. For more information, go to crd.bc.ca/parks.

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