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Since 1982, Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre has provided a program of therapy, recreation, sport and life skills training for children and adults with special needs. The program focuses on individual ability by providing an environment of challenge, enjoyment and achievement.
We are located on a beautiful 103-acre farm in Puslinch, Ontario, between Guelph and Cambridge, and only minutes from Highway 401. In addition to therapeutic riding lessons, which are taught by Canadian certified instructors, Sunrise offers integrated programs open to children with and without special needs.
Nature likes to turn kettle lakes, of which Puslinch Lake is the largest in North America (wikipedia) into wetland by a process called eutrification. This means that because kettle lakes are land locked, and without a flushing system, aquatic vegetation grows and decays, and then deposits the decayed material on the lake bottom in the form of sediment. The sediment then becomes fertilizer for the following year’s crop of vegetation. This causes a snowball effect until the lake is sediment-filled and eventually becomes a bog.
A pilot program to dredge approximately 1000 feet near McClintock’s westerly ski run was tested in 2000. From 2001 – 2006 no dredging was done (unable to get permits from various government services).
Dredging took place from 2007 to 2009 with a minimal amount of success using the 1000 foot discharge pipe method. In 2013 a different concept, and equipment was used, a barge, (dredger) and a tug boat were now able to go into various areas around the lake (if the water level could support the barge’s 5 foot draft). This meant no long pipe behind the dredger limiting the distance it could travel. 2015 has been the most successful year to date. 2016 will be the year for removal of lake sediment which has been stored at McCormick’s Point since 2013.