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Superintendent’s Message Welcome to Balsam Lake Provincial Park, our staff have been working hard as always to prepare for this season and we hope you enjoy your visit. If this is your first visit to the park, be sure to explore and ask a staff member about adventure opportunities at one of our 3 parks. Balsam Lake specifically boasts a large beach, beautiful boat launch and some wonderful hiking trails! We also manage two non-operating parks (Indian Point and Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands) which offer many opportunities from bird watching to backcountry hiking and portaging for the wilderness enthusiasts! At Balsam Lake we are continuing to modify our operations to ensure the safety of visitors and staff through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please take time to read signage, and respect distance of others and building capacities.

We are glad to be able to offer opportunities for people to get out and enjoy nature, and will be opening up our rental facilities again this season, with the necessary sanitation processes in place. Please visit our rental building, or ask about rentals when you are registering. The Provincial government is providing free day use Monday-Thursday at Ontario Parks from May 1 to September 2, 2021. Those coming to the park for free day use will still be required to register and display a valid permit. With this, we are designating parking lots 1-4 for registered campers only, and the remaining lots are where free day users will be directed. Capacity limits will be in place to avoid overcrowding as safety is the number one priority. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work to best modify our operations, this is your park and we do value your experience and feedback. Enjoy! Natalie McMorrow, Park Superintendent

WHAT’S INSIDE Camper Information.....................................2-3 Rentals and Retail............................................ 5 Camping in Black Bear Country........................ 6 Hiking Trails..................................................... 8 Local Services........................................... 10-11 Park Map....................................................... 12

Camper Information Campfires

It is illegal to cut trees, use dead limbs or fallen branches in Provincial Parks as they are all part of our wonderful ecosystem! Firewood can be purchased at the Ontario Parks Store during opening hours and at the Permit Office when the store is closed. Firewood bags are not reused, or recyclable so please place them in the garbage.

Lost and Found

If any items are lost or found during your stay, please come to the Permit Office to report or turn in items. We will keep record of all lost items and contact you if they are found.


Pets are welcome to visit our park with their families! To ensure the safety of your pet and the public, pets must be kept on a leash that is no more than two meters in length at ALL times. Dogs may only swim at the designated dog beach and canoe launch area and are prohibited from the main day use beach, comfort stations and showers. Please keep pets quiet and under control so they do not disturb other campers and never leave pets unattended. Please clean up after your pet; doggy bags are available for free at the Permit Office.

Drinking water

Taps for drinking water are located throughout the campgrounds and day use areas. You will find one a short distance from your campsite. Balsam’s water is potable and routinely tested for water quality assurance (check the map for exact locations nearest to you). PLEASE DO NOT WASH YOUR DISHES OR YOUR PET AT DRINKING WATER TAPS!

Grey Water

Grey water is the wastewater from your sink or wash tub. Grey water contains food particles, grease, soap and dirt. This water is unhealthy and may attract wildlife therefore it must not be disposed of on or around your campsite. Dishes are NOT to be cleaned at any of the comfort stations. Please utilize a washbasin and dispose of grey water at any of the vault toilets or the trailer dumping station.

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CAMPERS AND DAY-VISITORS! Please help us keep parks clean and dispose of all garbage correctly. Garbage can result in human-wildlife conflict and become a hazard to park visitors. We suggest bringing a garbage bag with you to collect your trash and dispose of it at park designated garbage and recycling areas before heading home. We appreciate and encourage park-lovers who are committed to protecting our environment for the future.

Dogs must be leashed at all times in a provincial park. Clean up after your pet – dog poop bags can be found at the park office for free.

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Park Office...................................................................... 705-454-3324

Fire, Police and Ambulance (emergencies only)....................................................... 911 Ontario Provincial Police..................................................................... .1-888-310-1122 Poison Control...................................................................................... 1-800-268-9017 Ross Memorial Hospital (Lindsay)............................................................705-324-6111 Park Warden (after hours)........................................................................705-928-5353 Forest Fire................................................................................... 1-888-863-FIRE (3473)

2238 County Road 48, Kirkfield, ON, K0M 2B0 Reservations........................................... ontarioparks.com/reservations ........................................................1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) /BalsamLakePP


Park offices and vehicles are all equipped with first aid kits and fire extinguishers.

2021 Season Information: Due to the unforeseen circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the following information may be subject to change throughout this season: • Boat Rental availability and rates • Park Store, Boat Rental and Permit Office hours of operation • Cottage rental and rates • Discovery program availability • PFD Loaner Program • Laundry & Shower Facilities Please inquire at the Permit Office for the most up to date information regarding the above items. We thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times. We hope you enjoy your time in the park and its facilities knowing our primary aim is the health and well-being of both our visitors and staff.

Trailer Waste

Trailer sewage may be dumped at the sanitation station located on the entrance road just before the Permit Office. You can also refill your trailer with fresh water at this location. We have installed an additional water fill station with two taps in the beach trailer parking lot (Lot #10). Please have consideration for the park environment and your fellow campers by ensuring that grey water is disposed of at the trailer sanitation station.

Garbage and Recycling

As of January 2017, all garbage must be placed in clear bags as required by the City of Kawartha Lakes. One small privacy bag (shopping/grocery bag) is permitted in each clear bag for personal items. Please do not burn garbage. Campsites must be kept clean; garbage and recycling must be securely stored to avoid attracting wildlife. There is no garbage or recycling pickup at campsites. Garbage and recycling must be taken to the central depot near the traffic circle (see map for location). Garbage and recycling should be disposed of as it accumulates to prevent wildlife attraction. Our garbage depot has solar-powered bright lighting for your safety and convenience when disposing of your garbage at night. WHAT CAN I RECYCLE? • Glass Bottles and Jars • Polycoat - milk and juice cartons, Tetra-Paks (drinking boxes), fibre coffee cups and fibre ice cream containers • Metal Cans (Steel and Aluminum) • Aluminum Foil Containers • Plastic Bags and Film • Clamshell type clear containers • Plastic bottles, jugs, tubs and lids with a recycle symbol of 1,2,3,4,5,6 or 7. • Styrofoam Containers – Foam cups, plates, white fast food containers, meat trays and egg cartons. • Paper, Boxboard, Cardboard


Fishing is NOT permitted at the beach or canoe launch/pet exercise area located by the waterfront 200 series campsites. You may fish from shore at the boat launch docks or rent a canoe or kayak for more opportunities at catching the big one! Fishing licenses are required for all Ontario Residents aged 18-64.

Radio Free Areas

Eco-Sites, Hawthorn, Maple and Cedar are all designated radio-free campgrounds. In these areas the playing of music on a phone, tablet, stereo, CD player, iPod, or the use of TV and other audio devices is prohibited.

Wondering what to do with your empty propane cylinder? Ontario Parks strongly encourages visitors to use refillable propane cylinders and to reuse them as many times as safe to do so. This helps to keep our parks litter-free and reduce waste! Single-use (non-refillable) propane cylinders should be deposited in Orange Drop collection cages found in many provincial parks. Single-use cylinders may also be brought to an Orange Drop collection site. Visit www.makethedrop.ca and search by postal code to find out where to drop-off your cylinders and other household hazardous waste. Safely disposing of your propane cylinders ensures that any remaining gases will be captured, and the metal, valves and other elements will be recovered and reused. Orange Drop is responsible for managing household hazardous waste such as propane cylinders, single-use batteries, empty oil containers and other products that require special care for recycling or safe disposal. Due to risks to people and the environment: • Do not discharge leftover propane into the atmosphere, even if the cylinder comes with a device to do this. • Do not deposit any propane cylinders into your blue box. • Do not put cylinders in the garbage. When it comes to the environment, we all have a responsibility!

Campsite Registration Call 1-888-ONT-PARK or visit www.ontarioparks.com to reserve your campsite. Reservations can be made up to 5 months in advance of your arrival beginning at 7:00am ET.

Occupying Your Campsite

• Maximum of 6 people per campsite. This total includes children, toddlers, and babies of ANY AGE. All guests in the park after 10pm must be registered. Up to 3 pieces of shelter equipment and one dining shelter are allowed per site. Only one camping trailer is permitted per campsite. You are always required to display the campsite permit on your campsite post and the vehicle permit on the dash of your vehicle. Please deposit your expired permits in the Expired Permit Box on your left-hand side when exiting the park. All vehicles require a valid permit. The purchase of your campsite includes the cost for one vehicle only; any other vehicles require an Additional Vehicle Permit. You are permitted a maximum of two vehicles parked on your campsite at any given time. Any additional vehicles must park in a designated parking lot ($30 fine for violations).

Renewing and Vacating Your Site

CHECK OUT TIME IS 2pm. This means on the day of departure you must vacate your campsite no later than 2pm, however, your permit will allow you to remain in the park until 10pm. If you want to renew your site, you must renew the day prior to departure. All sites scheduled to vacate will be made available to new campers. If you must leave early and shorten your stay, you must check out at the park office prior to noon to be eligible for a refund. BOTH copies of your permits (campsite and vehicle copy) must be given to the gate attendant at the time of departure in order to receive your refund.

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Park Fees Please see the permit office or check online for more details.

Eco-Sites Looking for a little taste of the backcountry, without really having to rough it? Try our Eco-Sites! We have 6 sites to choose from, with walk-in access ranging from 100m - 500m. These sites offer a more private, semi-wilderness camping experience, surrounded by shady trees on large sites! Try a backcountry experience with the nearby amenities of car-camping! ­­

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Cottage Rental

This recently upgraded 8-person cottage provides a unique park experience with all the convenience of home. Located just a short walk to the beach, all you need to bring is food, bedding, towels, toiletries and your bathing suit.

For reservations, call Ontario Parks @ 1-888-668-7275


FEATURES: • Four fully furnished bedrooms - 3 double beds and a bunk bed with 1 double & 1 twin • 2 bathrooms • TV, satellite • Air conditioning and gas fireplace

• Kitchen - open concept with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and dishwasher • Games room • Walkout to a large deck, private backyard, BBQ, fire pit and picnic table Ontario Parks I Balsam Lake

Flowers from the Fire

Rentals and Retail

Human caused fires can do significant damage to both our environment and our homes. That said, fire carefully controlled to mimic natural fires, can breathe life back into our landscape. Last fall, we conducted just such a ‘controlled fire’ in our Park. The circular meadow by the Park’s Office is a rare prairie. It is a type of ‘Shortgrass Prairie’ known as and ‘Alvar’. While prairie habitat is more common out west, there are isolated patches are found at Balsam Lake, and adjacent, Carden Alvar Provincial Park.


The Alvar’s thin soil, limestone bedrock, spring flooding, and summer droughts typically prevent forest from growing up and shading out the rare flowers. To maintain this habitat, Alvars also require periodic low intensity fires to a) knock back trees that may gain a foothold, b) release nutrient into the soil, and c) stimulate the growth of rare fire dependent plants. With the help of a controlled fire plants such as Wild Bergamot, Prairie Smoke, Little Bluestem, Smooth Rose, orchids, and geraniums can continue to thrive in their Alvar home. The ash of the controlled fire is now blanketed in vigorous green growth but as you pass the Alvar, be sure to look at what Flowers are blooming thanks to last Fall’s Controlled Fire.

Come visit our Boat Rental found directly on the beach to rent a canoe, kayak or pedal boat. We also have ice cream, cold refreshments, beach supplies, live bait and more! Life jackets are also available to borrow. A credit card for a $100 security deposit and a valid photo ID are required for all rentals. To purchase a rental, you must be 18 years of age or older, anyone underage must have an adult rent and accompany them for supervision. Please see rental building for all pricing.

Water Safety – It’s Your Responsibility 1. There are no lifeguards on our beaches. Water safety is your responsibility at all times. 2. Take the steps to be safe around water. Learning how to swim and water survival techniques help keep us all safe. 3. Always supervise children and non-swimmers by watching them when they are in or around the water. 4. Ensure children and non-swimmers wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in or around the water. 5. Swim in only designated swimming areas. When the water is rough, or conditions are not clear – STAY OUT! Never swim alone. You should always swim with a buddy. 6. Using a floatie? Offshore winds often blow inflatables out into dangerous waters. Ensure inflatable rafts or toys are used in shallow water areas only and pay attention to changing wind conditions. 7. Be responsible. Avoid substance use when involved in water-related recreational activities. 8. Protect your neck. Never dive into shallow or murky water. If you suspect a drowning or any other type of water emergency, call 911 and contact the park office immediately.

Ontario Parks Store FORGOT SOMETHING? Come visit the Ontario Parks Store for firewood, ice, camping supplies, coffee, ice cream, Ontario Parks merchandise, gifts and much more! The Ontario Parks Store is centrally located between the day use area and the Elm, Oak, Ash, and Fir campgrounds.

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Camping in Black Bear Country

See if you can check off all these fun activities during your stay!

For most park visitors, seeing a Black Bear in its natural environment is an exciting experience. However, the excitement diminishes when that black bear is rummaging through your cooler or tent, in search of food.

Cool off and go for a swim!

A bear’s life revolves around food. Since bears hibernate and don’t eat for up to five months during the winter, they need to find enough food during the rest of the year to restore their fat reserves.

Canoe or kayak along the shoreline

Black Bears prefer to eat aspen leaves, nuts, berries, fruit, fish, grubs and insects.

Birdwatching – See if you can spot 5 different birds

Human and bear conflicts occur when bears are attracted to food smells and rewarded with an easy meal. Some bears lose their fear and start visiting campsites regularly looking for something to eat.

Hike a trail (see page 8 for trail map) Fish from the shore at the boat launch Try to find Balsam Lake Provincial Park’s only pond Challenge your balance with paddle boarding Roast marshmallows over the campfire Stargazing – try a nighttime beach walk for a great view of the night sky!

These bears can become persistent and destructive nuisances. Capturing and relocating bears has only limited success; often, the only option is to destroy nuisance bears. Keeping your campsite clean is the best way to avoid this scenario. Keep all food, coolers and strong-smelling items (shampoo, scented candles, etc.) stored in your vehicle or trailer. Clean up immediately after meals and remember to drop off waste at the central garbage & recycling depot regularly. By keeping your campsite clean and properly disposing of garbage you can minimize or avoid bear problems, ensuring your camping vacation is a safe and memorable experience!

Being a cleaner in Ontario Parks can be an extremely gratifying, but challenging job. Our buildings will see over 170,000 visitors pass through our doorways in this park alone. Our cleaners take great pride in providing clean facilities for our campers and work very hard to maintain safe and sanitary conditions for everyone to use. During this time of heightened concern, it is even more important than ever to help them be able to complete their jobs in the most efficient manner. There are some simple things that we all can do to make their jobs a little easier. 1. Give our cleaners space, and respect that facilities are closed during cleaning. This will allow for quicker cleaning times and ensure our staff can have the required space to keep them safe. 2. Clean up after yourself. Use the appropriate disposal containers. Used tissue and other items are often left behind for others to deal with. 3. Do not flush things that belong in the garbage. Flushing U.F.O’s (UnFlushable Objects) can block toilets making them unusable and create a big mess! 4. Remember that sinks are for washing your hands and brushing your teeth, not for bathing or cleaning dishes. 5. I encourage you to read this blog about what it is like to be a Cleaner in Ontario Parks. http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/ washroom-etiquette/#more-32557 We all must work together to make everyone’s experience a great one! And if you see one of our wonderful Park Cleaners please do not hesitate to applaud them for the wonderful job, they do…They are the best!

Photos: Cameron Curran

You may be seeing these stickers this year. Park Wardens will be placing these stickers on campsites that have wildlife attractants out.

Our Unsung Heroes

Protecting nature for future

generations impacts us all! With support from people like you, people who spend time in the great outdoors, The Couchiching Conservancy is able to protect thousands and thousands of acres of forest, wetland and alvar in this region. The Couchiching Conservancy is a non-profit, non-government land trust dedicated to protecting nature close to home. To learn about our Nature Reserves in the area, donate to help protect nature and more, please reach out to us! www.couchichingconserv.ca | 705.326.1620

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Ticks and Lyme Disease Do ticks and Lyme disease make you wary of going outdoors this summer? By being aware of ticks and understanding the role they play in spreading Lyme disease you are taking the first step to protect yourself and your loved ones. There are many different species of ticks and not all of them carry Lyme disease. The most common tick you may encounter is the American Dog Tick, which does not carry Lyme disease. The only tick that carries Lyme disease in Ontario is the Blacklegged (Deer) Tick, Ixodes Scapularis. Both ticks can be found in wooded areas or tall grass habitats. Public Health Ontario’s “Ontario Lyme Disease Estimated Risk Areas map”) shows areas in Ontario where they estimate you are more likely to find blacklegged ticks. (Blacklegged ticks are known to feed on migratory birds and deer and as a result, they can be transported throughout the province. Therefore, while the potential is lower, it is possible for people to encounter Blacklegged ticks, or to be infected with Lyme disease from the bite of an infected Blacklegged tick, almost anywhere in the province. Ticks are most active in spring and summer, but can be found at any time of the year when the temperature is above freezing. Ticks feed slowly, and an infected tick must feed on a person for at least 24 hours in order to infect them with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Because of this delay, prompt detection and removal of ticks is one of the key methods of preventing Lyme disease. If you become infected from a tick bite, symptoms usually begin within 1 - 2 weeks, but can take as long as one month to begin. The “classic” symptom is a bullseye rash that can develop anywhere on the body; however, this rash may not occur in all cases. Early symptoms of Lyme disease can include flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiff neck, jaw pain, and sore muscles. If untreated, problems with the heart, nervous system, and joints can occur months or years later. Lyme disease is easily treated in the early stages so seek medical attention if you feel unwell. When you are out in tick habitat you can better protect yourself by taking a few precautions:

By following these simple suggestions, you can have a safe and enjoyable time exploring Balsam Lake Provincial Park. For more information please consult the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/lyme-disease Public Health Ontario Risk Map: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/l/2020/lymedisease-risk-area-map-2020.pdf

Poison Ivy – Avoid the Itch! Leaves of Three, Let it be

Poison Ivy is a native plant that contributes to the biodiversity of the ecosystem and grows abundantly in Balsam Lake Provincial Park. There are over 90 species of Ontario wildlife that feed on, or nest in Poison Ivy. White-tailed Deer will eat the leaves, while mice and squirrels eat the berries and seeds. Eastern Cottontails feed on the twigs and bark and at least 60 species of birds have been reported to eat the whitish-green berries. Poison Ivy can be identified by a cluster of three leaves with the middle leaflet having a longer stem than the two side leaflets. Leaves can either be smooth or jagged, shiny or dull. If in doubt, remember: Leaves of three, let it be! You can avoid contact by not wandering the bush around your campsite and by staying on maintained trails. If you think you have come into contact with poison ivy, make sure to remove contaminated clothing carefully to avoid spreading the plant oils. Wash all exposed skin with dish soap to help remove the oil. Reactions to poison ivy can include a rash, swelling, blisters and itching. These reactions can happen within ten minutes or could take as long as a few days to develop. Most reactions will only last about five to twelve days, but an extreme reaction may last up to one month! Photo by: Elin Marley

1. Wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks. 2. Wear light coloured clothing so you can detect ticks before they attach. 3. Use insect repellent containing “Deet” (please follow manufacturer’s directions). Apply it to your skin and outer clothing. 4. Conduct a tick check. Look on your clothes, body, children and pets. Pay close attention to your groin, scalp and armpits. 5. If you find a tick on your body, properly remove it and place it in a container. Contact your local health unit to inquire about having the tick sent for identification and testing. This test may take several months and is not diagnostic. Additionally, you may contact your family doctor for questions on Lyme disease.

Blacklegged Tick Ixodes scapularis on a blade of grass.

These Blacklegged Ticks Ixodes scapularis, are found on a wide range of hosts including mammals, birds and reptiles.Blacklegged Ticks Ixodes scapularis are known to transmit Lyme disease Borrelia burgdorferi, to humans and animals during feeding, when they insert their mouth parts into the skin of a host, and slowly take in the nutrient-rich host blood. Photo by: Jim Gathany, CDC Ontario Parks I Balsam Lake


DO • Use fine point tweezers • Grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible • Gently pull the tick straight out • Disinfect the bite area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water • Save tick (alive if possible) in a jar, with a piece of damp paper towel for identification and potential testing. Park staff can provide contact information for the local Health Unit, or alternatively you can take the tick to your family doctor for testing. • Watch for symptoms and seek medical attention if you feel unwell or if you cannot safely remove the tick. DON’T • Grasp around bloated belly and squeeze the tick • Use a match, heat or chemicals to try and remove it • Twist the tick when pulling it out 7

Fall Colours

Hiking Trails Legend Lookout Trail Lorie’s Link Plantation Trail Park roads Distances on map are shown in metres

One of the best times of year for camping and hiking is the fall. The leaves are changing colours, the mosquitos are gone, the days are still warm, and the nights are cool. Fewer people around mean more opportunities to see wildlife too! With an abundance of maples and other leafy trees, Balsam Lake has a dazzling array of colours in late September and early October. Come stay with us a little later, we are open for camping until November 1st, 2020!

Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park is a 33,505-hectare park that contains more than 100 habitat types and is a vast biological engine renowned for its rock barrens and beaver fens. Although extensive, this habitat is fragile; if visiting, please follow the principles of leave no trace.

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Go For A Hike!

Get out and experience the beauty of our park firsthand! We now have 4 trails to choose from.

LOOKOUT TRAIL | 2.5 km Loop

The Lookout Trail features 12 interpretive signs along the trail highlighting points of interest to watch for - things like woodpeckers, ferns, wildflowers, trees, birds, glacial deposits and much more! The Lookout Trail is a showcase for post-glacial features, passing over an esker and kame hills. You will travel through a variety of different forest types including young mixed forests, a mature hardwood stand and cedar swamps. Halfway through the hike, there is an open grassland perfect for viewing wildflowers in mid-summer.

LORIE’S LINK | 2.7 km Linear Trail

The first kilometer of the trail follows the Lookout Trail up to the Lookout Point where the trail splits. The Lookout Point is at the top of the tallest kame hill providing a great view of the Balsam Lake landscape. Lorie’s Link continues over a series of small hills, passing by beautiful meadows of wildflowers, a pine plantation, and finishing off near the park entrance where you’ll have the option to continue hiking along the Plantation Trail, or head back along the main park road (1.2 km).

PLANTATION TRAIL | 2.4 km Lower Loop or 3.6 km Upper Loop

The Plantation Trail passes through a variety of wooded habitats from mixed deciduous forests to stands of White Spruce and Red Pine plantations. During the late 1800s this area was logged by early settlers and in the early 1960s, efforts were made to reforest the area. On the upper loop you will pass by a pond which is home to many creatures - turtles can often be seen basking in the sun and several species of frogs, snakes, and salamanders make their home in or nearby this aquatic paradise. For those looking for a longer adventure, try hiking the Plantation Trail until it meets the park road, then cross over and hike Lorie’s Link to finish off at the Lookout Trail parking lot. This entire loop is 5.2 km and takes 2 - 3 hours, giving you the full experience of the variety of habitats within our park.

LAKESHORE TRAIL | 1 km Walking/Bike Path (see campground map)

Long before Balsam Lake became a provincial park, Highway 46 was an important travel route through the area. Finished in 1937, the highway connected two main corridors: Hwy 7 and Hwy 35, and the villages of Coboconk and Woodville. In the 1960s, when Balsam Lake was proposed as a new provincial park, the highway had to go. A re-route, now known as Hwy 48, was required to bypass the newly protected park. Today, the former Hwy 46 is an important recreation corridor that park users and residents use to walk the shores of Balsam Lake. The trail connects the campgrounds to the park’s day use area. To learn more please see pg. 5


The Wildlands is a non-operating park with no roads, maintained public facilities or services. Travel in the park is very challenging; be prepared to use appropriate route finding and safety practices as interior travel (on foot or by canoe) beyond access points requires complex navigation in a remote semiwilderness environment. Cellular service cannot be relied upon as a means of communication or navigation within these wildlands. This park provides a unique opportunity for a sustainable, semi wilderness recreation experience: over 100 km of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail (The Wilderness Section www. ganaraska-hiking-trail.org), a limited number of backcountry campsites and rugged canoe routes involving lakes, wetlands, and portages. For further information visit www.ontarioparks.com/park/ queenelizabeth2wildlands Access points are located at: 1115 Devils Lake Road, Township of Minden Hills 1526 Black River Road, City of Kawartha Lakes Additional information is available by calling Balsam Lake Provincial Park at 705-454-3324.

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Summary of Provincial Park Offences When visiting Ontario Parks, you must show respect and consideration for your fellow visitors and the park environment. The following table lists some of the common laws enforced in provincial parks. The Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006 and other legislation governing behaviour in provincial parks can be reviewed at provincial park offices and at: www.ontario.ca/laws. These laws are enforced by provincial Park Wardens who have all the power and authority of a member of the Ontario Provincial Police within a provincial park. Many of the listed offences could result in eviction from a provincial park. If evicted, you are prohibited from reentering any provincial park for a period of 72 hours. Minimum fines listed below do not include court costs or victim fine surcharge. Offence

Minimum Fine


$ 100.00 $ 100.00

If you are 19 years of age or older, you are permitted to possess or consume liquor (beer, wine, spirits) only on a registered campsite.

$ 175.00

Drivers are responsible for ensuring that liquor is properly stored while in a vehicle. Liquor must be in a container that is unopened and the seal unbroken or is packed away and not accessible to any person in the vehicle.

$ 100.00 $ 50.00 $ 100.00

Many parks enforce a complete liquor ban on Victoria Day and for the preceding ten days. A liquor ban is also in effect at Sibbald Point Provincial Park on Labour Day and for the preceding four days. If you are visiting a provincial park with a liquor ban, you are prohibited from possessing liquor anywhere within the park.

$ 150.00

Provincial parks are established to provide a setting for peaceful and natural experiences. Rowdy behaviour, which includes excessive noise, or obscene language or gestures, is not permitted. You cannot disturb any other person or interfere with their enjoyment of the park at any time.


Deposit your garbage and litter in the containers provided to discourage wildlife from becoming pests. Facilities must be kept clean at all times to eliminate potential hazards to parks visitors and minimize human-wildlife conflict.

$ 125.00

Off-road vehicles are not permitted in provincial parks because of the environmental damage they may cause.

$ 100.00 $ 125.00 $ 85.00 (plus 3 demerit points)

Licenced motor vehicles may be operated on roads only. You must follow the rules of the road and remember that the Highway Traffic Act applies on all park roads. Each vehicle in the park must have a valid provincial park permit. Bicycles are only allowed on park roads and on designated bike trails.

Alcoholic Beverages

Having liquor in open container in other than residence (campsite) Consuming liquor in other than residence Driving or having care or control of a motor vehicle with open or unsealed container of liquor Person under 19 years having liquor Being intoxicated in a public place Unlawfully have liquor in listed park (during liquor ban)

Rowdyism / Noise

Use discriminatory, harassing, abusive or insulting language or gestures Make excessive noise Disturb other persons


Litter or cause litter Fail to keep facility clean Fail to restore facility to original condition


Unlawfully take motor vehicle into park or possess or operate it Speeding – more than 20 km/h Operate vehicle off roadway Disobey stop sign


Park vehicle in area not designated Park vehicle in prohibited area Fail to display permit on parked vehicle

$ 30.00

Your vehicle must be parked in a designated area with a valid park permit prominently displayed on your dashboard.


Permit domestic animal to be without leash Permit domestic animal to make excessive noise Permit domestic animal to be in designated swimming area or on a beach Permit domestic animal to disturb people Permit domestic animal to be in a posted prohibited area

Environmental Protection

Damage / deface / remove Crown property Disturb / harm / remove natural object Disturb / cut / remove / harm plant or tree Kill plant or tree Disturb / kill / remove / harm / harass animal


Start or tend fire other than in fireplace or designated place


$ 75.00

$ 125.00 $ 125.00 $ 125.00 $ 150.00 $ 150.00 $ 150.00

$ 100.00 $ 150.00

Possess fireworks Ignite fireworks

Hours of Closing

$ 125.00

Enter park after closing Remain in park after closing

For the protection of wildlife and other park visitors, your pet must be under control and on a leash not exceeding 2 metres at all times. You must ensure your pet does not damage or interfere with vegetation or wildlife. You must ensure your pet does not interfere with others’ enjoyment of the park. Pets are not permitted in the swimming area, on the beach or in a posted prohibited area at any time.

All vegetation, wildlife and natural features are protected in provincial parks. To maintain the park as a natural setting, the removal of natural objects is prohibited. Cutting any live growth or damaging any natural or other object is prohibited. You may not take any fallen or dead wood from a provincial park for the purpose of a campfire or other such intent.

Fireplaces are designated by park staff for safety reasons. Restricting fires to these locations greatly reduces the risk of forest fires. Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited in provincial parks at all times. They constitute a fire hazard and disturb visitors who wish to enjoy the park in a peaceful manner.

Only registered campers are allowed in a provincial park during the posted hours of closing.

Fines are subject to change. This is not a complete listing of offences; please refer to the specific legislation.

If You Need Assistance Park Wardens are here to help should you have noise complaints, missing persons, safety concerns or any other issue we may assist with. Call 705-928-5353. In an emergency or if you cannot reach a Park Warde­­n, please call 911.

Lost Children

Every year we have children that wander away from their campsites. It is important to be prepared for this because children naturally love to explore. Ensure they learn their campsite number. If your child is lost, report it to park staff immediately. You may also contact a Park Warden directly at 705-928-5353. We will need as much information from you as possible, including the following: • Campsite number Ontario Parks I Balsam Lake

• Age and name of child • Clothing last seen wearing • Last known location It is important that one person remains on your campsite in case the child returns there.

Severe weather

If you are in a tent or tent trailer when strong winds, tornado, lightning or hail begins, move to a hard-topped vehicle or take shelter at the nearest park facility. If no shelter is available find the lowestlying area, crouch down and protect your head. Always avoid taking shelter under trees. If Environment Canada issues severe weather warnings, they will be posted at retail locations and comfort stations. All photos by Balsam Lake Staff unless otherwise indicated.


Balsam Lake Park Clerks

Generations of hardworking, dedicated and successful staff in this core position! We have one person to thank for setting our future park clerks up well, that is Kathy Stata! Kathy was the Senior Park Clerk at Balsam Lake for over 30 years and retired in 2016. We sure miss her around here but luckily, she is not too far and still visits us, Kath is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face and a laugh!

is doing a great job filling in while Helen is busy at home teaching the baby all about file management and budgeting) Our Park Clerks are busy doing a variety of tasks, but their core focus is on; Hiring, Training, Finance/Budgeting, Scheduling, File System Management, Procurement, Payroll, and so much more! To sum it up, they keep all staff organized and on track! Kathy, Bonnie, Helen & Tayler – Thank you for all you have done and continue to do over the years. You are truly appreciated by the entire team!

Bonnie Harrison has been our Senior Park Clerk for the three parks in our cluster since Kathy retired, Bonnie has worked at Balsam since 2008 In a variety of different positions (Operations Technician, Park Warden, Assistant Park Superintendent) and ultimately landed working with and learning from Kathy about this role of park clerk, which is such an important position for our operations. Bonnie is smiling every day, even though we know how much work she has on her plate she never hesitates to help everyone else. We often have to “evict” Bonnie from her office after working hours, she is the most dedicated, hardworking “hammer” in the park and not sure where we would be without her! In 2017, we were absolutely delighted to be able to hire an Assistant Park Clerk but how could we ever live up to Kathy and Bonnie? Well, we sure got lucky and found Helen! Bonnie and Helen instantly clicked, Helen picked up on the role right away and the whole team is grateful! Helen recently had a baby (our future clerk in training, Ellie) and Tayler

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