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Darlington 2017 Information Guide

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Darlington Provincial Park


Darlington Through The Seasons

Although Darlington may have seasonal guidelines for camping (May 5 – October 9, 2017), we have much more to offer the rest of the year!

Spring, Fall & Winter Self-Serve Fee Collection All vehicles visiting the Park must purchase and display a valid permit on the vehicle at all times! During the spring, fall and winter, park visitors are required to pay applicable day use or camping fees at the self -serve, pay & display meter located behind the Registration office in the parking lot. Payment may be made by credit card (Visa, Mastercard only), or coins. Parking tickets will be issued to vehicles that do not display a valid permit.

Spring Ahhh, the sweet smell of spring, the welcome songs of the robin and red-winged blackbird, and the sight of trees budding! These are all sights, sounds, and smells that can be thoroughly enjoyed as you take a stroll through the park on a sunny afternoon. Lakeside and Cliffside campgrounds (sites 1 – 186) are available for reservation and spring camping, starting May 5, 2017. Comfort stations, shower building, and laundromat are open and ready for use, as well as all day use areas! Why not attend our Natural Heritage Education Programs during the operating season, beginning on Victoria Day weekend? Programs for all ages, including children’s programs,- nature stories, crafts & activities, guided walks and evening films, as well as many special events. See What’s Up At Darlington on Page 3.

Fall While summer may be over and the children have gone back to school, there are still lots of warm sunny days left to enjoy. Why not try fall camping? Camping is still available until Thanksgiving weekend. Why not join our park staff on Saturday, September 9 for a Monarch Tagging Program? This is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to observe and learn about butterfly migration.

Controlled Waterfowl Hunt A controlled waterfowl hunt takes place at Darlington from mid-September to mid-December each year. Hunting is permitted from designated blinds located in McLaughlin Bay at Day Use Area # 4. The hunt operates on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays, mornings only! There is no early goose season at Darlington. Please call the park if you would like further information.

Winter This season tends to be the time of year that people would like to skip, but why not make the best of it? Darlington does not offer winter camping, however day use areas do remain open during the winter months. Come out and enjoy a short walk along a pathway covered with freshly fallen snow sparkling in the sunshine! Pay attention and you may see some of our resident wildlife that haven’t left for warmer climates, like the blue jay, cardinal, or black-capped chickadee. You may not actually see our furry friends like the rabbit, fox or deer but you will probably see their tracks in the snow! Washroom facilities and drinking water are not available at this time, so please be prepared! Parking is available at both the Registration Office and Main Park Office. Snow will be ploughed on the main roadway. Please remember, a permit is required and must be displayed on your vehicle while visiting the park. Winter day use fees are posted at the self- serve, pay & display meter in the parking lot behind the Registration Office.

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Darlington Provincial Park 2017 Fees

Prices based on information provided at time of printing. Fees may be subject to change. All applicable taxes included. A l l v e h i c l e s m u st d isp lay a valid p erm it at all times w hile visiting the park!

D ay U s e Fe e s

cam ping Fees



Daily Vehicle Permit




Campsite with electrical hook up




Annual Vehicle Permit Valid April 1 – March 31




Campsite without electrical hook up




Summer Vehicle Permit Valid April 1 – November 30




Additional Vehicle Fees




Winter Vehicle Permit Valid December 1 – March 31




Winter Day Use Fees

Gr o up cam ping Fees Group Camping - per site/night Youth Group – per site/night







0 – 2 hours




2 – 4 hours




Per person (age 6-17) – per night




Full Day




Per person(age 18 & over) – per night




Picnic Shelter Rental




Additional Vehicle




Includes the $13.00 reservation fee

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What’s Up At Darlington

Darlington has a program for everyone. Check out the activity sheets posted throughout the park or ask a member of our friendly staff! See below for a short list of some of our Special Events for the 2017 season! Why not check out our “Log Cabin” visitor center, or join us at a campfire for some fun and entertainment. Log Cabin open daily during July and August. All programs “weather permitting”! MAY 20 – 21 SPRING WINGS Darlington is a great stop along the bird migration highway. Join park staff as we set out looking for spring “songsters’. JUNE 10 – 11 FLORA/FAUNA- WILDFLOWERS Join staff and learn about the pretty flowers and plants that call Darlington home. June 24 ART IN THE PARK Join artists from the Oshawa Art Association at Picnic Shelter # 3 for a “FREE” workshop, which teaches how to draw using black markers. Workshop suitable for ages 12 – adult. Two sessions will be offered as follows: Session 1 – 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Session 2 – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Pre-registration required. First come – first served. Sign up at the Park Store. Artist’s creations will be on display for your viewing pleasure. JULY 1 CANADA DAY Join staff at the Log Cabin for special Canada Day activities. Drop by the park store and pick up some souvenirs. JULY 8 FAMILY FISHING DAY Fill your day with some fishy fun! Join our special guests from OFAH in Picnic Area # 4 for some fishing in McLaughlin Bay. Equipment and bait provided. No license required.

JULY 15 CANADIAN RAPTOR CONSERVANCY Rain or shine! Join our special guests in Picnic Area # 3 at 4:00 pm to experience live birds of prey up close! Arrive early to get a “bird’s eye view”! JULY 21 HEALTHY PARKS/HEALTHY PEOPLE Join staff for fun activities suitable for the whole family. Check the activity sheet for details on programs and events. JULY 22 – 23 MARSH AWARENESS WEEKEND Keep an eye out for “KIP” the frog as he visits the park this weekend.Come out to the programs and learn about the species that live in the marsh. AUGUST 5 – 7 PIONEER DAYS Join staff at the Log Cabin, Visitor Centre for pioneer games & crafts. AUGUST 19 SCIENSATIONAL SNAKES Come on down to the cabin and meet our special guests who will show you some fascinating reptiles – LIVE & UP CLOSE!

AUGUST 27 BIRD BANDING See birds up close “in the hand!” Caught in mist nets – birds are banded and released to continue migration. Remember “the early bird gets the worm – to see the best birds – be an early bird yourself.” SEPTEMBER 2 – 3 GOOD-BYE - BIRDS & BUTTERFLY’S Fall migration is underway – come out to our programs and say good-bye to our feathered friends & butterflies as they leave for warmer climates! Rumor has it that “Minderella Monarch” will be making an appearance this weekend. SEPTEMBER 2 FIDDLIN’ & DANCIN’ Join our special guests from the Oshawa Whitby Old Time Fiddle Club on stage at the Amphitheatre. They will entertain us with some old tyme music & square dancing. SEPTEMBER 9 MONARCH TAGGING Find out why the monarch butterfly is a species at risk. Help us ‘tag’ some monarchs and send them on their way to Mexico!

Join the Healthy Parks, Healthy People movement! Celebrate the health benefits of nature with Ontario Parks on July 21, 2017

demonstrated in more than 200 studies worldwide that nature is the “cure” for what ails us, be it stress, anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorders, high blood pressure and recovering from surgery!

Celebrate! July 17th, 2015

Do you ever wonder why you feel so great after a walk in the woods or a bike ride along your favourite path? Or how much better you feel just looking at the trees outside your window? Ontario’s provincial parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know spending time in nature is good for your health too? Ontario Parks invites you to celebrate the many health benefits of spending time in nature on July 21st, 2017. All operating provincial parks in Ontario will waive day-use fees* and host special events and activities that encourage people to visit parks and be active. For more information on the celebration visit While spending time with nature surely does ignite our imaginations, it actually helps us live happier and healthier, lives. In fact, scientists have now

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Compare and contrast Stress-related anxiety disorders are the fastest growing mental health issue Exposure to natural environments such as parks enhances our ability to cope with, and recover, from stress, injury or illness Medical research treatments are at their most progressed in human history Therapies based on nature, wilderness and animals have success at healing patients who have not previously responded to treatment Long work hours and complex jobs are increasing in developed nations Observing nature can restore concentration and improve productivity

Getting tired of sitting around your campsite – Why not take a hike on one of our nature trails?

Robinson Creek Trail This 1 km trail meanders along the banks of the Robinson Creek and is full of many different plants, trees and animals. Take a peek in the water and see how many different aquatic critters you can see swimming around. There are many photo opportunities along this trail, especially as you walk over the bridge, which marks the halfway point of the trail. The Burk Trail This 2.5 km trail is a perfect blend of natural & cultural heritage. Stop at the lookout for a spectacular view of Lake Ontario. Then swing by the Pioneer Cemetery to visit the Burk family plot. The Burks were United Empire Loyalists who immigrated to Ontario from New York. They are believed to be the first pioneers to settle on the land that is now the park! McLaughlin Bay Trail This trail is about 2 km long and takes about an hour to walk. This is the easiest trail in the park as it is mostly flat grassy ground. The trail is bright & open and is surrounded on either side by grassy fields, wildflowers and tall shady trees. If you want to keep going this trail connects to Second Marsh trails at the western boundary.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People to the rescue

If you want to feel better and help conserve the beauty of nature around you, why not write yourself a prescription to join the Healthy Parks, Healthy People movement. Part of a growing worldwide phenomenon, Healthy Parks, Healthy People is about reclaiming our connection with nature and reversing the devastating effects of nature deficit disorder, a globally-recognized term describing the adverse personal, social and societal impacts of disconnecting with nature. Experts from around the world in ecology, biology, medicine, environmental psychology, landscape design, health promotion and psychiatry all agree that access to nature plays a vital role in human health, wellbeing, development and spiritual growth. Make 2017 your year to join the Healthy Parks, Healthy People movement by visiting one of Ontario’s many pristine provincial parks. Just bring your senses and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of spending time with nature. Winter, spring, summer or fall. *Charges for facilities not normally included with regular day-use fees still apply at all parks on July 21st. These facilities include swimming pools, picnic shelters and equipment rentals

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Darlington Provincial Park

Superintendent’s Message Welcome to Darlington Provincial Park! If you have been here before – we are pleased to have you back. If you are visiting for the first time, we are delighted you have decided to experience this wonderful landscape. The staff at Darlington strive to ensure your visit is exceptional - from registration to washroom cleaning to providing enlightening educational programs, they delight in their work making a lasting impression on your visit. Our staff treasure the landscape and the environment and it’s our passion to help protect the park for future generations. We’re hoping you will share in this passion as well – because without your support, sustaining this beautiful and precious piece of land becomes nearly impossible. With an array of excellent programs, wonderful recreation areas and great services, Darlington sees an extremely high turnover of visitors each day. Help look after our parks and ecosystems by ensuring your area of use is left in a clean and sanitary manner. Please respect signage, pick up litter and dispose of your garbage in the proper receptacles - that is sharing in our passion and making a difference. Darlington also provides home to many different mammals, birds, waterfowl, amphibians, reptiles, insects, fish and last year, the Piping Plover, an endangered species. Litter and garbage that are left behind are harmful to these wildlife in a number of ways. I encourage each and everyone one of our visitors to attend a Natural Heritage Education program and learn about our natural environment and gain a better understanding of our ecosystem. Be sure to watch our website for special event dates - you won’t want to miss seeing live snakes, birds of prey and butterflies! What’s New? McLaughlin Bay Restoration Project is well under way – you will notice a significant change from last season with some fishing nodes constructed and wetland areas set to establish. I kindly remind you all to be respectful of the signage and posted messages – there is still more work to take place. Thank you all for your continued appreciation of this project as it moves forward. Please review the tabloid article for further information about the restoration. 2016 brought a new excitement to Darlington as we were home to 2 pairs of Piping Plovers (endangered species) that successfully nested and fledged from our beach. This was the first time in 82 years a pair had successfully copulated (mated), nested, raised young and fledged from the Canadian shore of Lake Ontario. It was delightful to see our visitors respecting their habitat, enclosure and nest area and the posted signage while still enjoying the beach for other activities. Many thanks to those who participated in the monitoring program, to those who took the time to learn about this lovely shorebird and to those who appreciated the beach can be shared. Please read more about our 2016 Piping Plovers in the tabloid article.

Summary of Provincial Park Offences


here is one basic rule in Ontario Parks: Have respect and consideration for your fellow visitors and the park environment. The following table lists some of the more common laws enforced in provincial parks. Under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, the registered permit holder is responsible for the conduct of all campsite occupants and could be charged with an offence based on the actions of the occupants of the registered campsite. The Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Offence Alcoholic Beverages • Have liquor in open container other than residence (campsite) • Consume liquor in other than residence • Have open container of liquor in vehicle • Person under 19 years having liquor • Being intoxicated in a public place • Unlawfully have liquor in listed park (during alcohol ban) Rowdyism / Noise •U  se discriminatory, harassing, abusive or insulting language or gestures • Make excessive noise • Disturb other persons • Operate audio device in prohibited area Storing Wildlife Attractants • Unlawfully store wildlife attractants Refuse • Litter or cause litter • Fail to keep campsite / facility clean • Fail to restore campsite / facility to original condition Vehicles • Unlawfully take motor vehicle into park or possess or operate it • Speeding –more than 20 km/hr • Operate vehicle off roadway • Disobey stop sign Parking • Park vehicle in area not designated • Fail to display permit on parked vehicle




$125.00 $100.00 $125.00 $85.00 (plus 3 demerit points) $30.00

Pets • Permit domestic animal to be without leash • Permit domestic animal to make excessive noise •P  ermit 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 • Cut/remove/harm plant or tree • Kill plant or tree • Disturb/kill/remove/harm/harass animal


$125.00 $125.00 $125.00 $150.00 $150.00

Camping Permit •F  ail to vacate and remove property from campsite on permit expiry • Unlawfully occupy campsite • Camp over time limit Camping Equipment/Persons • Place more than 3 pieces of shelter equipment on campsite •P  lace more than one tent-trailer, house trailer or self-propelled camping unit on campsite •E  xcessive number of persons occupying campground campsite/interior campsite

Be sure not to forget about us in the winter - we are open for day use year round.

Fireworks • Possess fireworks • Ignite fireworks Hours of Closing • Enter park after closing hours • Remain in park after closing

$100.00 $100.00 $175.00 $100.00 $50.00 $100.00


Campfires • Start fire other than in fireplace or designated place • Start fire where notice of fire hazard is posted

Bryna Sprigings A/Park Superintendent

Act and other legislation governing behaviour in provincial parks can be reviewed at provincial park offices and on the e-laws website at These laws are enforced by Provincial Park Wardens who have all the power and the 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. Evicted visitors are prohibited from re-entering any Provincial Park for a period of 72 hours. Fines do not include the victim fine surcharge.

Minimum Fine

Drop by and see us at the Park Office or write us a note on the back of your permit - we welcome your comments, concerns, suggestions and compliments!

Enjoy your visit,


$75.00 $125.00 $75.00

Explanation If you are 19 years of age or older, you are permitted to possess or consume alcoholic beverages on a registered campsite only. Many parks enforce a complete alcohol ban on Victoria Day and for the preceding ten days. An alcohol ban is also in effect at Sibbald Point Provincial Park on Labour Day and for the preceding five days. During these time frames, possession of alcohol is prohibited everywhere within parks imposing the alcohol ban. Provincial Parks are established to provide a setting for peaceful and natural experiences. Rowdy behaviour which includes excessive noise, obscene language or gestures, is not permitted. You cannot disturb any other person or interfere with their enjoyment of the park any time of the day or night. Operation of an audio device (such as a radio, stereo, TV, etc.) in a radio free area is prohibited. Do not maintain or store potential wildlife attractants, including food or beverages, food preparation or storage equipment, cooking devices or utensils, garbage or recycling products, scented products or any other item that is likely to attract wildlife. Deposit all garbage and litter in the containers provided to discourage wildlife from becoming pests. Campsites and/or facilities must be clean at all times to eliminate potential hazards to parks visitors and wildlife. Off-Road vehicles are not permitted in Provincial Parks because of the environmental damage they cause. Licenced motor vehicles may be operated on roads only. All provisions of the Highway Traffic Act apply on all park roads. Each vehicle in the park must have a valid permit. Bicycles are only allowed on park roads and on designated bike trails. All vehicles must park in a designated area and display a valid park permit. You must prominently display your valid park permit on your dashboard. For health and safety reasons, your pet must be under control and on a leash not exceeding 2 meters at all times. You must ensure your pet does not damage or interfere with campsite 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. To maintain the park as a natural setting, the removal of natural objects is prohibited. All vegetation, wildlife and natural features are protected in provincial parks. This includes the cutting of any live growth and the damage of any natural or other object. You may not take any fallen or dead wood from a provincial park for the purpose of a campfire or other such intent. You are required to vacate and remove all property from your campground campsite or interior campsite by 2:00 p.m. on the date your permit expires so that others may have access to it. The maximum length of stay in a Provincial Park campground is 23 consecutive nights and 16 consecutive nights on an interior campsite, to ensure park visitors have an equal opportunity to enjoy our campsites and limit environmental impact.


Without a limit on the amount of camping gear allowed, campsites would quickly deteriorate, becoming larger, eventually destroying the surrounding vegetation. The maximum number of campers allowed per campground campsite is six persons and the maximum number of campers allowed on an interior campsite is nine persons.


Fireplaces are designated by park staff for safety reasons. Restricting fires to these locations greatly reduces the risk of forest fires. At any time during a fire ban no person is permitted to have a fire unless otherwise stated by the Park Superintendent.

$100.00 $150.00

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 (10 p.m. to 8 a.m.).

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

E m e r g e n c y I n f o r m at i o n Should an emergency arise, please contact any park employee immediately. Please note your campsite number and location. If park staff are unavailable, emergency phone numbers are listed here. Public telephones are located at the Park Store.

WHITBY O.P.P. (8:00-4:00 weekdays) 905-668-3388 DARLINGTON PARK OFFICE (8:30-4:00 weekdays) 905-436-2036 PARK WARDEN 905-435-7578


FIRE DEPT./AMB./RESCUE 911 EMERGENCY 1-888-310-1122 O.P.P.

DARLINGTON PROVINCIAL PARK GUIDE PHOTO CREDITS: M. Bird, K. Bridger, G. Coady, T. Hoar, C. Morris, A. Sherritt, B. Sprigings, G. Vogg MNR #4415 ISSN 1911-0774 ISBN 978-1-4606-9646-0 (Print. 2017 ed.) © 2017 Government of Ontario Printed in Canada


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For Your Information

Park Administration Office This office is open year round from 8:30am-4:00pm Monday to Friday. Administration Office is closed on statutory holidays. You can reach us by phone at 905-436-2036. Registration Office Spring: May – End of June Fri., Sat - Sun. 8 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Summer: End of June – Labour Day Open daily 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Fall: Labour Day – Thanksgiving Fri. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Campfires and Firewood Firewood can be purchased at the Park Store. Please do not cut trees or use dead limbs or driftwood ... they are all part of the wonderful ecosystem of the park! Firewood bags are not recyclable, please place in garbage containers. Emergencies Please approach any staff member or proceed to the Registration Office in the event of an injury, lost person, or any other emergency. You can also use the pay telephones that are located at the Park store, across the

road from Picnic Area #1 for after hours or other emergencies. Please remember to note your campsite number and location. The location of the park is 1600 Darlington Park Road, Darlington Provincial Park. With more people carrying cellular phones, calls for emergency services are often made before park staff are contacted. PLEASE notify park staff if you call 911 or any other emergency number. We will assist emergency vehicles by providing an escort directly to your location and opening any control gates necessary to speed up access.

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. If your child is lost, report it to park staff immediately. We will need as much information from you as possible, including the following: •Campsite number •Age and name of child •Clothing last seen wearing •Last known location •Relevant illnesses or injuries It is important that one person remains on your campsite in case the child returns there.

Thank You

We would like to acknowledge and thank a special group of volunteers who helped with our Piping Plover monitoring program during the 2016 season. This group of volunteers dedicated many hours of their time as piping plover guardians to help in the recovery of this endangered shorebird. Volunteers assisted with shoreline clean up, and protection and record keeping of daily observations. Throughout a very hot and dry summer the guardians were on the beach each day to watch over the nesting sites, monitor the activity of the birds and help give the vulnerable chicks a better chance of survival by educating park visitors and providing information about the recovery efforts. A special thank you to Glenn Coady for his expertise and leadership in co-ordinating the piping plover guardian monitoring program in 2016. It is with the dedication of these volunteers that the piping plover chicks survived and fledged from our beach.

Washrooms and Showers In addition to the vault toilets, there are four comfort stations in the park. Three are located in the campgrounds and one in Day Use Area #2. All comfort stations have flush toilets, hot water, and electrical outlets. Showers are centrally located in the Hilltop and Lakeside Campgrounds. Check the map on the back cover of this tabloid for exact locations. 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. Darlington is connected to the municipal water system. Check the map for exact locations nearest to your campsite. PLEASE DO NOT WASH YOUR DISHES OR YOUR PET AT DRINKING WATER TAPS! Laundromat Commercial washers and dryers are located in the Hilltop shower building. Cost is $2.00 per cycle. If volume is a concern, just ask our staff to direct you to laundry facilities outside the park. Public Telephones Public pay telephones are located at the Park Store.

Garbage/Recycling Several garbage disposal sites are located throughout the campgrounds and day use areas. Garbage bags for your site are available at the Registration Office. We encourage you to recycle while at Darlington. Glass, aluminum and plastic may be deposited in the bins located beside the garbage bins. Trailer Waste Trailer sewage may be dumped at the sanitation station located at the entrance road to the campground portion of the park. You can also refill your trailer with fresh water at this location. Have consideration for the park environment and your fellow campers by ensuring that gray water is disposed of at the trailer dumping station. Check the map on the back cover of the tabloid for the exact location of the sanitation station.

PFD Loaner Program Be Park Smart! Take part in our PFD loaner program. Personal Flotation Devices can be borrowed by leaving a deposit. Infant to adult XL sizes are available. Sign up at registration office.

Prevent Drowning Lake Ontario is powerful and unforgiving to those who do not take safety precautions. There are no lifeguards on the beach. Parents are responsible for their children and should not let children in or near the water without proper adult supervision. Additional Vehicle Parking Parking for one vehicle is included with the purchase of a campsite permit. Purchase of an additional vehicle permit allows a second vehicle to be parked within the campgrounds. Most campsites are large enough to accommodate parking of two vehicles. Vehicles must be parked on campsite driveways. Two vehicles maximum are allowed to park on campsite. Parking lots are available within the campgrounds for all other additional vehicles (additional vehicle permit still required). Permit must be displayed on vehicle dashboard at all times while in the park. Pets For the safety of your pet and consideration for other park users, your pet(s) must be leashed at all times. Pets are not allowed on the beach. We receive numerous complaints about dogs running loose. Also, many are found on the beach or left behind on campsites where they may bark and disturb others. Your neighbors and your pet will appreciate your consideration. Please note that in Provincial Parks there is a “stoop and scoop” regulation. If you have brought the family pet(s) with you, it is your responsibility to clean up after them. Radio Free Area Darlington Provincial Park visitors are able to enjoy a radio free zone: LAKESIDE campground consisting of campsites 1-102, is the park’s RADIO FREE campground. Please respect your fellow campers and be considerate of these rules:

*No operation of radios or other devices that amplify sound. The use of this equipment with personal headphones is permitted. *Lakeside is designated radio free at all times.

Darlington’s Plovers


uring the 2016 season two pairs of Piping Plovers decided to make Darlington’s beach their home. This is the first time in over 80 years that Piping Plovers have successfully nested along the Canadian shoreline of Lake Ontario in Durham Region! The Piping Plover is listed as an endangered species both federally and provincially. These small birds arrived in mid- May and made their nests on the western end of our beach. Park staff along with volunteers fenced off areas of the beach to minimize human disturbance to the nests and placed small cages over the nests for protection from predators. Both nests had a successful hatch in mid-June. These young were spotted many times along the shoreline until they fledged in late August. Thank you to both the volunteers and park visitors for respecting our efforts to help with the survival and recovery of this species! Please visit our Log Cabin Visitor Centre to learn more about “PIP”.

G. Coady Chick Plover

T. Hoar – Female Plover

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Darlington Provincial Park

Darlington Park Store

We’ve Got What You Need!

Come visit the park store for ice, camping supplies, groceries and treats! We have a wide variety of products within the store for campers and day users alike. Our scooped ice cream is always a big hit! See our line of Ontario Parks merchandise - everything from bucket hats and T-shirts to furry creatures. Rainy day? No problem, we have plenty of toys and games for all ages. The Park Store offers both kindling to start your fire, and bags of hardwood to keep your fire going. There are also two pay phones located at the store, in case you need to make a call. The store is located at the intersection of the Campground and Day Use roads. It is only a short walk from the campgrounds and day use areas.


Please Let Us Know What You Think

What was it about your stay at Darlington that you would NEVER want to change? Are there some things that would have made your stay even better? The staff at Darlington would love to hear what you have to say about your visit to our park! Just flip over the campsite permit and you will find a camper comment card where you can leave us a message. Drop it in the expired permit box upon exiting the park. Your comments are important to us so that we may continue to meet your needs. We want your stay with us, whether it be a day or a week, to be as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

Store Hou rs Spring – May 5 – June 25: AS POSTED

Summer – June 26 – Sept 3 Sunday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Friday & Saturday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

“THE BOOK NOOK” Forgot your reading material! No worries – come on over to the park store and borrow a book from our library! A selection of both adult and children’s books available. Simply fill in the sign out sheet and take the book back to your campsite or down to the beach and enjoy! Please be considerate and return the items when you are finished so other visitors may borrow and enjoy these, the same as you have! Finished with your own book and wish to donate it, please feel free to drop it off at the Park Store – donations gratefully accepted.


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Keep our parks beautiful, safe and litter-free! Because of risks to people and the environment: Single use (non-refillable) propane cylinders should be deposited in Orange • Don’t discharge leftover propane into Drop collection cages found in many the atmosphere, even if the cylinder Provincial Parks. Refillable tanks should comes with a device to do this. be refilled and reused as many times as • Don’t deposit any propane cylinders into it is safe to do so. your Blue Box. Single use cylinders may also be brought • Don’t put cylinders in the garbage. to an Orange Drop collection site. Visit When it comes to the environment, we all and search by postal have a responsibility! 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 operated by Stewardship Ontario, the industry-funding organization responsible for managing household hazardous waste such as propane cylinders, paints, solvents, non-rechargeable batteries, and other products that require special care for recycling or safe disposal.


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Natural Heritage Education

Each day during the summer months (July and August) there are many opportunities for you and your family to learn more about the natural ecology and cultural history of the park and the surrounding area. Did you know we have a pioneer cemetery located within the park? Many programs are offered including evening films, children’s programs, campfires and sing alongs, as well as guided hikes. Numerous special event weekends are also planned for this season. See Page 3 for more details. An activity sheet is published every two weeks and is posted on bulletin boards within the park. The activity sheet is included as an insert to the park tabloid. The activity sheet is available at all park offices, the park store, and log cabin, or ask any staff member and we would be happy to supply you with one. The Log Cabin, Visitor Center, located in Day Use Area # 2 is open daily during July and August. Please drop by and check out the pioneer artifacts and exhibits. We also have some “live” specimens.

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V i s i t o r Et i q u e tt e

Please consider your fellow visitors and the environment during your stay! Campsite Boundaries Campsites are designed to accommodate a limited number of people and camping equipment. Please respect the campsite boundaries that are set by keeping all equipment and vehicles within these limits. Please refrain from trampling surrounding vegetation, in order to maintain and help further the restoration of buffers between campsites. Trespassing on Campsites A campsite is your home away from home. We want people to feel that way and expect people to treat each other this way. When in the park please respect other people’s privacy and don’t cut across occupied campsites. Make an unreasonable amount of Noise One of the most common concerns is the amount of noise made by other campers. Barking dogs, generators, loud voices, and radios top the list. It is an offence under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act to make excessive noise at any time of the day. Please be considerate and keep the noise level to a minimum. Speeding On Park Roads Park roads are heavily used by children, pedestrians, and cyclists. Many of the park roads are narrow and do not allow room to pull off to avoid hitting someone or something. It is important to keep your speed down when driving in the park. The posted speed limit on the main park roads is 40 km/hr, but the speed limit on the campground roads is only 20 km/hr. Please be extra cautious when driving your vehicle within the park. Don’t forget to watch for little critters that may dart out in front of you!

Acknowledge a job well done Help us select the next recipients of the Ontario Parks Partners Bursary program. Each year, our corporate partners recognize outstanding young people who work in Ontario’s provincial parks with an Ontario Parks Partners Bursary. Students who demonstrate exceptional customer service, initiative and leadership are eligible for the bursary. Recipients receive a grant of $500 towards their education. You can nominate any student working in Ontario Parks by completing a nomination form before September 15. Ask at the Park Office for details.

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Using outside water taps for personal hygiene or washing dishes Drinking water taps are tested regularly to ensure there is a safe supply of water. Unfortunately, if people use these taps to do dishes, wash their hands or pets, or brush their teeth, the individual tap may become contaminated. It is important for all park visitors’ safety to use these taps for water only. A considerate visitor will go to the tap, get a quantity of water in a pail or bucket and take it back to their campsite for use. Leaving Garbage behind Littering on the beach, trails, and roads spoils the natural beauty of the park. Please place all litter in receptacles provided. In addition, leaving your campsite a mess when you leave ruins the next campers visit. When you are ready to leave your campsite, take a look at the site. Would you enjoy arriving at the site in the condition it is in? If your answer is yes, thank you for ensuring the next persons visit is enjoyable. If your answer is no, then please take an extra few minutes and clean up! Vandalism and carving on trees or picnic tables spoils the beauty of the park and is also illegal! Park wardens help control these activities by giving warnings, laying charges, and/or evicting visitors from the park as necessary. It would be much more enjoyable if all visitors would remember one of the parks most important rules – have consideration for the park and your fellow visitors!

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Raccoons Are Not Picky Eaters

oyotes are often seen in the park or on adjacent farmlands surrounding the park boundaries, but we are unaware of any problems being caused to park visitors obeying leash rules. Coyotes that have been spotted and photographed at the park are large in size but in most cases keep their distance from people and pets. Most coyote sightings are in the early morning or evening, although mid afternoon presence has been noted on some occasions. Coyotes like other wild animals sometimes come into conflict with humans. There have been cases when coyotes in the park have encountered pets and park visitors and have disappeared immediately, although in other cases the coyotes have tried to lure the pets in their direction. For this reason it is extremely important that all park visitors obey the Provincial Parks and Conservations Reserves Act leash laws which regulate leashes to no more than two meters in length. These laws are strictly enforced within the park boundaries at all times.

Make sure anything with a scent: • f ood • condiments • toiletries

• empty cans & bottles • barbeques • coolers

• eating utensils • garbage

is stored securely in your vehicle with all of the windows up, when you are not on your site during the day, after dark or when you go to bed for the evening. Any scent of food and you will likely have a visit from raccoons. Cooler lids, plastic containers and bar fridges are all easy puzzles for raccoons to figure out how to open. Never leave garbage unattended and dispose of all waste products in the central waste collection for your campground prior to going to bed. Pet food should be put away after your pet has eaten and never leave it unattended. Failure to keep a clean campsite could result in being charged under the Provincial Parks and Conservations Reserves Act.

Do your part to keep wildlife wild. Keep your campsite clean and animal proof.

Wavin’ White-Tails Many white-tail deer have been “spotted” in various locations throughout the park and along the roadways. We would ask that you do your part to help us protect these majestic animals by following a few simple rules:

1) Drive with EXTREME CAUTION- slow down and obey posted speed limits while travelling on park roadways. Posted speed limit is 40 km/ hr on main roadways and 20 km/hr in the campgrounds. 2) Do not feed the deer. People feeding deer can cause unintended harm or even death by feeding them unnatural food. The deer may lose its ability to find food for itself. In addition, feeding attracts deer to areas populated by people, and where there are people, there are vehicles, and this is when deer-vehicle accidents occur. 3) Keep all pets under control and leashed at all times while visiting the park. White-tail Deer, like all wildlife, are best left alone to follow their natural rhythms and should be admired by humans from a respectful distance.

Keep All Pets On Leashes

•C  ats and small dogs may be seen as prey by coyotes, while larger dogs may be injured in a confrontation. To avoid these situations consider the following suggestions: • Walk your dog on a leash at all times. Keep your dog close to you at all times. •C  oyotes are attracted to, and can mate with, domestic dogs that have not been spayed or neutered.

Do Not Approach Or Feed Coyotes

•C  oyotes are usually wary of humans and avoid people whenever possible; however they are wild animals and should not be approached. •P  eople should not feed coyotes! Feeding these animals makes them less fearful of humans and habituates them to foods provided by humans. • Aggressive behaviour towards people is unusual for coyotes, but people should always exercise caution around wildlife.

If You Encounter A Coyote

•N  ever attempt to tame or lure the coyote •D  o not turn your back or run from a coyote. Back away from the coyote while remaining calm. •U  se whistles and personal alarm devices to frighten an approaching or threatening animal.


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Darlington’s Pioneers


n October 2, 1794, the Burks, Trulls and Conants arrived on the shores of Lake Ontario to claim their land grants that were offered by Lieutenant-Governor, John Graves Simcoe. Roger Conant was the first of the three pioneer families to claim the lots which now compose the park; However Conant did not actually build his home within the park boundaries- his home was built to the east, on Lot 29 – near the base of the present day Courtice Road. John Trull originally drew land from Conant and built his home on Lot 26. John Burk settled furthest east on Lot 13.

In 1819, Roger Conant sold some of his land which is now Darlington Park to Samual Burk, John Burk’s son. We believe that Samual Burk and his family were the first European settlers to live on the present park land. The evidence lies in the pioneer cemetery found in the park along the Burk Trail. In the cemetery is a gravestone

marking the names of Samual Burk, his wife Mary, their son Peter & his wife Barbara, and three other children, Sylvester, Harvy and Sarah. Please take a few moments and travel back in time as you visit the cemetery. We do ask that you respect and “DON’T DISTURB” our resident ghosts by remaining outside the barrier as you visit. Darlington’s Pioneer Cabin was built by William Hodgson in 1832 north of Whitby for a family of twelve. This cabin was moved to the park and rebuilt in 1967 as a centennial project to commemorate the early pioneers. Compared to the original Loyalist cabins, Hodgson’s two-story home was probably envied, just as we admire estate mansions today! The cabin located in Day Use Area # 2 now serves as the park’s Visitor and Information Centre. Come on down and check it out!

Ticks and Lyme Disease


o 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 necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones. There are many different species of tick and not all of them carry Lyme disease. The most common tick you may encounter is the American Dog Tick, which does not carry the disease. The only tick that carries Lyme disease in Ontario is the Blacklegged (or Deer) Tick (Ixodes scapularis). Both ticks can be found in wooded areas or tall grass habitats. Ticks feed slowly, and an infected tick must feed on you for at least 24 hours in order to infect you with the bacteria that causes 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 bulls-eye 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: 1) W  ear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks. 2) W  ear light coloured clothing so you can detect ticks before they attach. 3) U  se insect repellent containing “DEET” (please follow manufacturer’s directions). 4) C  onduct a tick check. Look on your clothes, body and pet. Pay close attention to your neck and scalp region, lower limbs and under arms.

By following these simple suggestions you can have a safe and enjoyable time exploring Darlington Provincial Park. For more information please consult: publications/disease/lyme.aspx You can also visit:

Found a Tick? DO • Use fine point tweezers • Grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible • Gently pull straight out • Disinfect the bite area • Save tick (alive if possible) in a jar, with a piece of wet paper towel for identification and potential testing. Take your tick to any staff member; they will direct you to the local Health Unit • 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 •Use a match, heat or chemicals •Twist when pulling out the tick

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. Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) on a blade of grass

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1) There are no lifeguards on our beaches. Parents, children are your responsibility. 2) Always supervise children and non-swimmers. This means watching them every second they are in the water. And when water is rough – STAY OUT! 3) Have children and non-swimmers wear a PFD when near the water. 4) Never swim alone. Everyone should always swim with a buddy. 5) Learn how to swim and learn prevention, water survival and rescue skills. 6) Offshore winds blow inflatables out into dangerous waters. Use inflatable rafts or toys in shallow water areas only. When wading into deeper water, why not swim in towards the shore? 7) Be responsible. Avoid alcohol when involved in waterrelated recreational activities. 8) Protect your neck. Never dive into shallow water from docks or shallow water. 9) If you suspect a drowning or any other type of water emergency, call 911 and/or contact the Park Office immediately.



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Darlington In The Winter?

Picnic Shelter Reservations


arlington has three large picnic areas. All three areas are serviced by a picnic shelter, barbecues, vault toilets, drinking water and parking area. A comfort station is located in Area # 2. Day use areas are open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm daily during the operating season (first Friday in May until Thanksgiving Monday). Picnic Shelters may be reserved 7 days per week at a cost of $125.00 plus the reservation fee [$13.00], a charcoal barbecue is included in this fee. Reservations for picnic shelters can be made in person at the Main Park Office, Monday – Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, or by calling 905-436-2036, ext 221.

A large sand beach is located along the north shore of Lake Ontario in Picnic Area # 2. Alcohol is not permitted in day use areas at any time. Daily vehicle permits are required for all vehicles entering the park and must be purchased at the Main Gate Entrance on the day of arrival. Please help us keep the park clean and beautiful by ensuring all garbage and litter is placed in receptacles provided. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated by our staff. We suggest you reserve as far in advance as possible as reservations fill up quickly, particularly for Saturdays and Sundays.

Note: There are no refunds for shelter reservations or daily vehicle permits.

G A R B A GE & LI T T ER We ask that you do all you can to help keep the park clean and tidy. Please be considerate and deposit garbage and recycling in the containers provided though out the day use areas and campgrounds on a frequent basis. The next visitor will appreciate your efforts when they arrive at a nice clean facility. Park staff work extremely hard to keep the grounds litter free and appreciate your efforts with this never ending task. Garbage bags are available at the registration office or ask any of our staff members and we would be happy to supply you with some.

It is your responsibility to keep your campsite or picnic shelter clean at all times. This helps eliminate potential hazards to park visitors and wildlife. Failure to comply may result in fines being imposed.


arlington is open year round for day use activities. Why not come out, have some fun, get some fresh air and exercise? Many activities are available during the winter season. You can snowshoe, cross country ski, hike, and bird watch. Please note the park does not provide equipment rentals or groomed trails, you must bring your own equipment. There are still lots of wildlife to be seen during this time of year such as squirrels, deer, rabbits, fox, blue-jays, cardinals, and wild turkeys. You may not always see our winter wildlife residents but if you look closely you may see their tracks in the snow. Or maybe you would just like to have a leisurely stroll along a trail, or the beach. Enjoy the ice volcanoes that develop along the shoreline, they are spectacular sights! For the safety of all park visitors, other pets, and wildlife, if you decide to bring along the family pet- remember that dogs are not allowed on the beach and must be secured on a leash not exceeding 2 metres at all times. In order to help us maintain the natural beauty of the landscape for others to enjoy, please clean up all garbage and litter and place in receptacles provided. Day use areas are open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Washroom facilities and drinking water are not available during this time so please be prepared.

PROVINCIAL OFFENCES & FINES INCLUDE: Fail to keep campsite clean - $155.00 Fail to restore campsite to original condition - $155.00 Cause litter - $155.00

Winter Rules

Remember that all park rules & regulations still apply, even during the off season. Please refer to Page 4, for a Summary of Provincial Park Offences. All vehicles visiting the park must purchase and display a valid permit on vehicle dashboard at all times. Permits can be purchased at the self-serve, pay & display meter located in the parking lot behind the Registration Office. Payment may be made by visa, mastercard, or coins. Winter day use fees range from a minimum of $3.00 for two hour visit to $11.25 for a full day. Day use areas are open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Parking tickets will be issued to vehicles that do not display a valid permit.

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Poison Ivy McLaughlin Bay Avoid the Itch! Restoration

Leaflets Three – Leave It Be! Berries White-Take Flight!


any camping trips have been ruined by these leaflets three! Poison Ivy is quite common in some areas of the park, especially in open areas along the edges of campsites, beach and trails. The best way to avoid the itchy allergic reaction (caused by oils on the plant) is to learn to identify the plant, and stay away from it. It is not necessary to come into contact with Poison Ivy to develop the rash. The oil is easily transferred from your boots, clothing, camping gear and your pet’s fur. Poison Ivy is a three-leaved plant (shrub, bush or vine). Its three leaflets are usually drooping and somewhat shiny, the middle leaflet has a longer stem than the other two leaflets, and this plant has a woody stem at its base. In the spring the new leaves are reddish green in color. In late summer the plant produces a small cluster of white berries. In late August or in the fall the leaves turn orangey before they drop off. If you think you have been in contact with Poison Ivy, wash with soap and water as soon as possible. Provincial parks are set aside for protection. Since Poison Ivy shares habitat with many other plant species (some of which are rare in Ontario) we do not control it beyond the edges of the trails or the most used areas of campsites. Unsure of what this plant looks like? Stop by the Log Cabin and ask our Park Staff.


ff on the far western edge of Darlington Provincial Park is McLaughlin Bay, a ‘Provincially Significant Wetland’ which is in poor health. The bay has long suffered from a combination of effects that have left its waters dark and dirty. For the past several years, Ontario Parks and its partners have been working to help improve the condition of this important wetland and its plant and animal communities. The McLaughlin Bay restoration project has been ongoing behind the scenes for a couple of years but we were finally able to start implementation and construction work in 2017. Restoration work will continue into 2018. McLaughlin Bay’s muddy waters have been caused by soil erosion along the shoreline. As the waves hit the banks of the bay, the water knocks loose some of the soil. The soil is pulled into the water, where it floats. As time goes on, the water becomes darker, blocking sunlight from reaching the aquatic plants trying to grow. As a result, these plants - whose deep roots help to hold the soil in place – die, and the soil they were holding down begins to be pulled into the water. Through this process, erosion leads to further erosion. The main goal of our restoration work was to stop this erosion loop and there were many different steps which worked together. The most obvious change that you will see is three new fishing nodes. These nodes do two things: they guide visitors to great fishing spots, which means the shoreline in other places isn’t damaged, and they act as wave breaks which create sheltered areas between the nodes where more sensitive plants and animals will be able to live. Within these sheltered areas, we took away the steep drop-off and returned the shoreline to a more natural slope. We will also plant carefully chosen and local native wetland plant species in the sheltered spots that will hold the soil while also providing habitat and food for a variety of animals. These areas are temporarily fenced off both on land and in the water to keep the young plants safe as they grow, by keeping out animals such as the non-native Common Carp. Carp are known to uproot shoreline plants as they search for food and are thought to be one of the reasons the erosion in McLaughlin Bay began. We targeted the shoreline in the Day Use 4 area, a section that has had some of the worst erosion in the entire bay, and where

an older erosion control structure has failed and fallen into the water. With the help from Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, and volunteers from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and General Motors Canada, we built and placed nearly 20 fish habitat structures in 2015 and 2017. These structures, called “fish cribs”, are essentially boxes built out of loosely spaced logs. Into these open-topped boxes we placed rocks and old Christmas trees and pulled the cribs out onto the ice in the winter. As the temperature warmed, the ice broke and the rocks pulled the cribs to the bottom of the lake where the logs and Christmas trees provide lots of little nooks and crannies to help small fish escape the reach of predators on the otherwise flat bay floor. Several organizations have helped with this project providing funding, advice, and volunteering their time: the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, General Motors Canada, City of Oshawa, the CanadaOntario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health, and:

A McLaughlin Bay visitor engagement survey is available at park offices for those wishing to comment.

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Kid ’s Co r n e r

For answers please visit the Log Cabin or Park Store.

“PIP” The Piping Plover

Colour Me

Circle the items that “PIP”likes in his habitat and underline the things he doesn’t like.

spiders | dead fish | raccoons worms | logs and pebbles pets | gulls | killdeer sunbathers | big waves grass and shrubs | midges


How well do you know your animal group names? How many can you match from the provided answers? A group of bees is called a _________________ A group of fish is called a _________________

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A group of hawks is called a ____________ A group of snails is called a _______________________ A group of woodpeckers is called a _______________________ A group of plovers is called a _______________ or ___________ A groups of rabbits is called a _________________________


A group of flies is called a _______________________



A group of minnows is called a __________________



A group of foxes is called a ______________ or ____________


A group of grasshoppers is called a _______________________











































A group of birds is called a _____________________ A group of gnats is called a ____________ or __________ A group of turkeys is called a ____________ or _____________

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A group of insects is called a _______________



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