2020-2021 information guide
Superintendent’s Message Welcome to Ferris Provincial Park. This season will hopefully provide your family with a fun camping and outdoors experience. It has been extremely a challenging time for everyone and I hope during your visit you can relax, enjoy the outdoors and recharge Ferris offers the visitor a wide range of activities. If you are captivated by biking, hiking, kayaking or just walking, Ferris offers a great network of trails and roads, including a dedicated mountain biking trail. Families with young children will enjoy the playground and the many safe trails. You can also go fishing for panfish right from the boat launch. During your visit to Ferris, please visit the local community of Campbellford. The town offers some unique food experiences. Dooher’s Bakery has some of the most amazing donuts around – this bakery was the winner of the 2018 Sweetest Bakery in Canada contest! Apollo’s Pizzeria is amazing, and Caper’s restaurant is a hidden gem!
Please visit the park gatehouse for your camping needs and for local area information. Along with helpful staff you will find ice cream, snacks, a small collection of camping supplies, and a selection of Ontario Parks and Ferris-branded clothing and merchandise for sale. We offer worms for sale and have a tackle share program at Ferris, so you can try your luck at fishing. The park continues to offer kayak rentals, and this is a great way to see the park from a different perspective. If you are enjoying your time at Ferris, please familiarize yourself with the Friends of Ferris organization. This group of volunteers is always helping the park, and they are always looking for new volunteers or members. Examples of their efforts include building boardwalks on trails, the annual Kite Day event, and the Dry Stone Wall restoration project. They also sponsor a number of educational events at Ferris. Feel free to check out their website for more information. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 1-613-4754324 ext. 226. Sincerely, Rob Cunningham, Park Superintendent, Ferris Provincial Park
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Drumlin Tales One of the features of Ferris that is often overlooked is the drumlin. These are small hills that were formed by glaciers that covered this area up until about 12,000 years ago. While small in stature, they have had a lasting impact on both the flora and fauna of the area as well as how we use the land today. Drumlins have a distinctive shape, looking like a teardrop in both profile and map view. The high, wide end faces in the direction the glaciers came from. They tend to occur in swarms, with several to hundreds occurring in proximity to each other. One of the biggest swarms in the world occurs in Northumberland and Peterborough Counties, right here! Locally the drumlins tend to have been left as woodlots, with the flatter area between cleared for agriculture. These provide a series of forested habitats that are havens for wildlife as well as providing scenic vistas of treed hillsides. These are particularly attractive in the fall when the leaves turn colour. The drumlins at Ferris have contributed greatly to the character of the park. The appropriately named Drumlin Trail winds around two adjacent drumlins through the best forest stand in the park. Valleyview Campground is on a third drumlin and its height provides some of the best vistas at Ferris. Both the trails and campground roads are elongate circles with the long axis running northeast to southwest (see map, page 6). These follow the contours of the drumlins and show that the glaciers were moving slightly west of due south when they were formed.
Valleyview Campground is located on a drumlin.
As you gaze out at Ferris or walk its trails, don’t discount the little drumlin. Formed 1000s of years ago, they continue to influence not only what plants and animals live here but also the way we use the land and how we have developed our infrastructure.
Drumlin Shape Direction of ice flow
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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. In Ontario, Blacklegged ticks are more commonly found in rural areas along the north shores of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River. Blacklegged ticks are known to feed on migratory birds and as a result, they can be transported throughout the province. Therefore, while the potential is low, 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.
Blacklegged tick with a penny for scale
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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: 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 and pets. Pay close attention to your groin, scalp and armpits. By following these simple suggestions you can have a safe and enjoyable time exploring Ferris Provincial Park.
4 Use fine point tweezers 4 Grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible 4 Gently pull the tick straight out 4 Disinfect the bite area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water 4 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. 4 Watch for symptoms and seek medical attention if you feel unwell or if you cannot safely remove the tick. 5 Grasp around bloated belly and squeeze the tick 5 Use a match, heat or chemicals to try and remove it 5 Twist the tick when pulling it out
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For more information please consult the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/ diseases/lyme-disease.html. You can also visit: www.ontario.ca/lyme
Firewood Restrictions Bringing firewood when you travel to or from your favourite provincial park may seem harmless but can spread invasive species such as insects, plants and diseases. Many of these species are hidden in the wood and are difficult to detect. Millions of trees have already been infected. Help us reduce the spread by; • Leaving firewood at home • Purchasing kiln-dried firewood where available • Buying local If you move firewood out of an area regulated for a quarantined pest without prior approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) you could face penalties of up to $50,000 and/or prosecution.
Bears are attracted to anything that looks or smells like food. Items like unwashed utensils, food packaging, toiletries and trash are tasty treats for bears. Be BEAR WISE when camping: • Don’t leave food or scented items unattended on your campsite • Pack and store these items in your vehicle, out of sight, with windows closed • Clean food preparation areas promptly after use • Routinely take your garbage to the park’s waste depot
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For more information on firewood movement restrictions and the latest updates about emerald ash borer and other regulated pests, please visit www.inspection.gc.ca or contact the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342. Ontario Parks I Ferris
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Rent a Kayak and Explore the Trent River!
Nearby Trails to Enjoy
From Hastings to Hoard’s Station you can take Northumberland County’s 20km portion of this nation-wide trail with Ferris Park linking the centre portion. The easterly 10km trail is accessible towards the northeast corner of the Park at 6th Line East just beyond Dart Cup Limited and follows an abandoned rail line southeast through picturesque farmland to Hoard’s Station.
Ferris offers Kayak rental to allow visitors a chance to get out and explore the Trent River. Pricing scheme is below. Pick-up your gear and a key for the kayak at the Main Gate. Kayaks are stored down at the boat launch. Have fun but remember Safety First – Stay away from the hydro dam outlet upstream from the boat launch.
2020 Kayak Pricing Scheme Single Kayaks $20 for one hour, additional hours $10 Half day (4hr from purchase, must be returned before gatehouse closes) $35 Full day (from time of purchase until gatehouse closes) $60 Weekend (from time of purchase until Sunday 2pm) $90 Security Deposit $75 Double Kayaks $30 for one hour, additional hours $10 Half day (4hr from purchase, must be returned before gatehouse closes) $50 Full day (from time of purchase until gatehouse closes) $80 Weekend (from time of purchase until Sunday 2pm) $120 Security Deposit $100 *All prices are tax inclusive
Trans Canada Trail
To take the western portion, refer to the map on page 6, cross over the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge and follow the Rotary Trail to Canadian Tire. Half a block behind Canadian Tire is an embankment signifying the abandoned rail line heading west. A free topographical map is suggested as the trail is unsigned and takes a few back roads as it circumvents a farmer’s field at the outskirts of Campbellford. Call Northumberland Tourism at 1-866-401 EAST (3278).
Rotary Trail (5 km) Part of the Trans Canada Trail along the west bank of the Trent Canal. Fine for walking or jogging and checking out the many boats that pass by. Accessible along Cty. Rd. 30 or across the suspension bridge from Ferris. Pick up a map of the historical signs along this trail from the Campbellford/Seymour Chamber of Commerce.
Trent Severn Waterway (1.6 km) A pleasant walk along the Trent Severn with birds and view of riverbank wildlife. Accessible from Locks 9 & 10 near County Road 8 south of Ferris Provincial Park.
Seymour Conservation Area (6.1 km) Wonderful view of the surrounding countryside from top of the drumlin. Accessible from County Road 30, just south of Campbellford/Seymour.
Mill Creek Trail (2.6 km) Tree-covered drumlins, forests, uplands and valleys. Wheelchair accessible. Access from the bridge on Main Street in Warkworth, just off County Road 29.
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To assist those physically challenged enjoy our trails a nonmechanized, All-Terrain Wheelchair is available for loan with a small refundable damage deposit. Inquire at the Main Gate. Ontario Parks I Ferris
2020 Annual Events for Trent Hills
For a complete listing of events in 2020 and 2021, go to www.VisitTrentHills.ca Warkworth Lilac Festival – “For the Love of Lilacs”
Campbellford Incredible Edibles Festival
May 30 and 31, 2020 The 10th annual Warkworth Lilac Festival highlights the Millennium Lilac Trail showcasing 300 lilacs of 83 unique varieties, the beautiful Victorian Tea and the Crafters Market. There will be entertainment, music, master gardeners, horticultural vendors, photo show, lilac designs on Main Street. Jazz concert in the Town Hall Centre for the Arts on Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 pm www.warkworthlilacfestival.ca
Saturday, July 11, 2020 If you love food, you can’t miss the Incredible Edibles Festival on the banks of the Trent River in beautiful downtown Campbellford! More than 50 chefs and food producers serve up local, delicious, and unique low-cost portions. All-day fascinating food demonstrations on the main stage. All-day live music and entertainment. Displays about our local farmers and growers, our agricultural heritage, and other local food-based initiatives. Children’s tent. Free admission. See you there on Saturday, July 11th, 10 am – 4 pm! Call 705-760-0879 visit www. incredibleediblesfestival.com
Friends of Ferris Kite Day Sunday, May 31, 2020 Come fly a kite! Bring your own or assemble one supplied by Friends of Ferris. Suitable for all ages. Join us for our fundraising BBQ. Lots of parking and FREE entry. Donations greatly appreciated. 10 am till 4 pm For more information contact Barb Hogan 705-632-0894 or info@ friendsofferris.ca. 474 County Rd. 8, Campbellford.
Donnybrook Auction Sale Saturday, June 20, 2020 See it to believe it, Northumberland’s largest Reduce, Reuse and Recycle event. Ten auctioneers selling antiques, collectibles, furniture, household goods, appliances and hardware. Doors open at 6:30pm. Auction starts at 7pm. The clothing, toys and books section, as well as the $3 fill a box event open at 4:30 pm in the Red Barn. Sponsored by the Warkworth Community Service Club. Percy Arena and Community Centre, Warkworth. 905-375-9840 or 1-888-653-1556.
Warkworth by Night Saturday, June 27, 2020 For a 4th year in a row, Warkworth will close down Main Street and invite you to our annual street party. Warkworth by Night, is a celebration of community, family, the arts and the plethora of talent this town has to offer.
Westben Concerts at The Barn June – August 2020 June 28 – Beethoven Celebration: André LaPlante, Westben Festival Orchestra, Michael Newnham; July 3 – Joel Plaskett; July 4 – Ofra Harnoy, cello; July 4 – Starry Night - Adam Fisher, Brian Finley & Donna Bennett; July 5 – Carnival of the Animals/The Hockey Sweater; July 10 – TGIFun! Mary Walsh; July 11 – New Sounds for a New World; July 12 – New Orford Quartet; July 15 to 24 – Stayin’ Alive – hits from the ‘70s; July 17 – David Francey; July 18 – Canadian Brass; July 18 – To the Distant Beloved - Brian Finley, piano; July 19 – Leahy; July 25 – Saturday Afternoon at the Opera with Karina Gauvin, soprano & Brian Finley, piano; July 25 – You Say You Want a Revolution? with Andy Forgie; July 26 – Scrap Arts Music; July 30 – Élisabeth Pion, piano; July 31 – William Prince; August 1 – Carol Welsman; August 2 – Lemon Bucket Orkestra, brass party punk. The Barn: 6698 County Rd. 30, Campbellford. The Box Office/Clock Tower Concert Hall: 36 Front St. S., Campbellford. 705-653-5508, toll free: 1-877-883-5777. www.westben.ca
Canada Day Celebrations in Trent Hills Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Campbellford – Rotary Pancake breakfast, teddy bear parade, live entertainment, games and activities for the kids. Hastings – Parade, kids entertainment, music, food, vendors and a spectacular fireworks display over the Trent-Severn Waterway at dusk. Warkworth – Music, games, food, fire safety displays, entertainment for young and old – a fun day in the park for everyone! 705-653-1551 or 1-888-653-1556 www.VisitTrentHills.ca/canadaday
Campbellford Chrome on the Canal Saturday, July 4, 2020 The 12th annual Chrome on the Canal. Hundreds of motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts gather along the banks of the Trent River to view a variety of personal collections. Grand Road, Campbellford. Open to all bikes and cars. 705-653-4523 or 1-888- 653-1556. Ontario Parks I Ferris
166th Campbellford-Seymour Agricultural Fair Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9, 2020 Classic Country Fair featuring a Demolition Derby, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Lawn Mower races, Children’s Activity Centre, Old MacDonald’s Farm, Agricultural Exhibits, Cattle & Horse Shows as well as many demonstrators and vendors. Be sure to check out the Live entertainment on the main stage located beside the Beer Tent. And it wouldn’t be a trip to the Fair without spending some time in the Midway. For complete details see the website or follow us on Facebook! Campbellford Fairgrounds, 313 Front Street N., Campbellford. 705-653-5338, Facebook, Campbellford Fair. or www. campbellfordfair.ca
Warkworth Fall Fair Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13, 2020 The 170th Warkworth Fair featuring, 4H and beef shows, horse show and pulls, fireman’s challenge, rare breeds Heritage Animals, elimination car draw, Home Craft exhibits, pie contest and auction, Truck and Tractor pulls, car show, ribfest & corn roast, Zoo to You show, Soper Creek Wildlife, midway and much much more!! Warkworth Fairgrounds, 905-344-7709 or 1-888-653-1556, www. warkworthfair.com
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Two Dollar Coin Old Mill Park, 51 Grand Rd. Campbellford Memorial Military Museum 230 Albert Lane, Campbellford 705-653-4848 Dooher’s Bakery 61 Bridge St. Campbellford Farmer’s Market Open May to October, Wednesdays 2pm-5pm and Saturdays 8am – noon. Locally produced vegetables, fruits, preserves, crafts, plants, home-baking & much more. Located at the corner of Front & River Sts. Meadowland Trails 705-632-1406 Horseback riding, 12 Bannon Rd. Campbellford World’s Finest Chocolate 103 Second St. Campbellford Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge Ferris Provincial Park: 484 County Rd 8, just south of Campbellford. 705-653-1900 x 233 Ferris Provincial Park 888-668-7275 474 Cty Rd. 8, just south of Campbellford Empire Cheese 1120 County Rd 8 Meyersburg Flea Market 5082 Hwy 30, south of Campbellford Glover’s Market County Rd. 29, Warkworth 705-924-3640
Century Game Farm Intersection of Gummnow Rd and 2nd Concession, Warkworth. 705-924-3019 3 Great Golf Courses Pine Ridge Golf & Country Club 800-465-3040 – www.pineridgegolf.on.ca Warkworth Golf & Country Club 705-924-2569 – www.warkworthgolf.com Salt Creek Golf Links 705-924-1521 – www.saltcreekgolflinks.com Healy Falls Quarter Horse Ranch 122 Campbell Road, Dartford, 705-924-3077 Campbell’s Honey House 705-924-2562, Warkworth Hasting Village Market, 705-696-2237 North west corner, Hasting village square Warkworth Farmer’s Market June-October Thursday’s & Saturday’s from 10-2pm. Across from Co-op next to Frantic Farms, 2 Mill St. Church-Key Brewing 705-653-9950 1678 County Rd 38 north of Campbellford Crowe Bridge Conservation Authority 705-653-1846, 670 Crowe River Rd. just off County Rd 50
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Crowe Bridge Conservation Area, follow County Road 38 to Petherick’s Corners, go north on Crowe River Road, watch for the signs.
Seymour Conservation Area, Highway 30 South (just outside Campbellford) Rock Quarry. Picnic shelter and numerous trails. Swim at your own risk.
Additional Swimming Facilities: Lion’s Club Beach, Queen Street North, Campbellford Playground and beach area. Swim at your own risk.
Swimming is unsafe and not recommended at Ranney Falls or along the river in Ferris due to dangerously strong and unpredictable currents. Water release from an upstream dam can increase flow rates in seconds. The Municipality of Trent Hills operates a swimming pool and children's wading pool in Campbellford that visitors can use for a small fee. Lifeguards are on duty, showers and change facilities are available. The pool is located at the corner of Bridge and Ranney Streets and schedules are available at the Gate House.
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FRIENDS OF FERRIS PROVINCIAL PARK Please check www.friendsofferris.ca for confirmation of 2020 events and new 2021 walks and events.
Look What the Friends are Doing! Message from the President On your visit to Ferris be sure to explore the three towns that make up Trent Hills (Hastings, Warkworth and Campbellford). Each town has something unique to offer its visitors. Trent Hills would be a much different place if we didn’t have the dedicated volunteers that support these communities. Photo by: C. Robertson
Weekly Guided Walks The Tuesday Guided Walks in Ferris Provincial Park continue in the 2020 season starting on May 5th through to Dec. 8th. We meet at the east end of the Suspension Bridge at 9am rain or shine. We walk for about an hour. Each week we follow a different combination of the many well maintained trails that exist in the park. The route is determined by the capabilities of the attendees that day. Regardless of which trail we take in the spring, summer, fall or winter, there is always something wonderfully “natural” to see.
It’s been 12 years since I took on the role of president of Friends of Ferris. During that time I have been amazed at the diverse group of volunteers that I have worked with. Each one gives a unique gift to Ferris. We have accomplished a number of projects, from the Dry Stone Wall Restoration, Chimney Swift towers, trail head signs, tree identification signs, new kiosks, a new playground, numerous events and the list goes on. A huge thank you to all the past and present volunteers. I am also, very grateful for the financial support we have received that allows us to continue our work. We are always looking for new suggestions and ideas for events to bring to Ferris. So enjoy your camping, hiking, paddling and picnics and, if there is something you would like to see or make comment on, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Over the recent years we have a faithful core that participates on a regular basis. Occasionally, there are people new to the area that have read or heard about the walks and are eager to join in. Visiting friends and family often round out the group. As we walk along the path on any particular Tuesday, someone in the pack will spot an interesting feature that prompts a short discussion or interpretation. It could be one of the many wild flowers that appear in the spring, the call of a bird that is nesting or just passing through or we may find evidence left by a 4-legged resident. There is always something new to see and to learn. Walkers are encouraged to wear appropriate foot ware and long pants are recommended. We have been known to try “nature bathing” but don’t worry, we remain fully clothed! Join us any or every Tuesday for a guided walk in the park.
Friends of Ferris Calendar of Events 2020 May 31st from 10 to 4 pm – Kite Day Come fly a kite! Bring your own or assemble one supplied by Friends of Ferris. Suitable for all ages. Join us for our fundraising BBQ. Lots of parking and entry is free. Donations greatly appreciated. Contact Barb 705.632.0894 for more information or to volunteer or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org July 25th at 1 pm – Turtle Day Learn about turtles and their environments! Meet some of Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre’s turtles while participating in fun family activities and discover how we can protect turtles! Regular park day use fees apply. Information Barb 705-632-0894 or email@example.com August 22nd at 1 pm – Jacob Rodenburg Jacob is the award winning educator, and co-author of The Big Book of Nature Activities. Jacob has received numerous awards, recently the recipient of the Otonabee Region Conservation Award for his work in environmental education. Please note - this is a registered event. For more information and to register, please contact Barb 705-632-0894 or info@ friendsofferris.ca September 27th at 1 pm – Nature Walk with David Bree Experience the sights and sounds of Ferris Provincial Park with Senior Discovery Leader David Bree. This is a registered event, numbers are limited. To register, please contact Barb Hogan 705-632-0894 or firstname.lastname@example.org 8
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Memories of Ferris Provincial Park Every camper has a story! Friends of Ferris volunteers are in the process of compiling your stories by posting them on our web site and including them, as hard copy, in our Memories of Ferris Park Binder. Submit your picture and/or you story to info@ friendsofferris.ca. Whether you exaggerate the size of the fish you caught or enhance your campfire ghost story; we would like to share it and preserve it as part of our Park history.
The Friends of Ferris
The Friends of Ferris is a non-profit charitable trust dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Ferris Provincial Park. Originally formed in 1994, the Friends received charitable status in 1996, and incorporated in 2004. As Friends of Ferris Park, we continue to support, improve, protect and preserve the character of Ferris Park and to participate in activities for the betterment of our beautiful park. We also strive to educate the public about the unique qualities of Ferris Park including the natural, geological, biological, cultural, historical, educational, and recreational features, which should be preserved and protected for the use and enjoyment of this and future generations. Why should you become a Friend of Ferris? To make a difference in your community, by taking an active part in the protection of our beautiful Provincial Park. Please visit our website: www.friendsofferris.ca
Become an Active Friend of Ferris! Name: ___________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________ Phone Number:____________________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________ Membership: $10/PERSON or $17/FAMILY Mail your application to: 474 County Road 8, Campbellford, ON, K0L 1L0 or drop off at the Park Office. Etransfers can be made to email@example.com We need your support and assistance!
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FRIENDS OF FERRIS PROVINCIAL PARK Friends Spotlight: Fred Ellis Friends president, Barb Hogan, talks about Fred and asks him about his time as a Friends volunteer and the start of Kite Day. When we first moved back to Campbellford we were looking for some place to volunteer. One day while visiting Ferris Provincial Park we met Fred Ellis. Since that day my admiration has done nothing but grow for him and his wife Carole. Their devotion and commitment to the park was amazing. Fred was a great advocate and teacher to others in caring for Ferris Park. As is often said “Thank You” is never enough but we are honoured to recognize them for their efforts in having a huge hand in making Ferris Park what it is today. Q. When did Kite Day start? A. We started kite day in 2000, and Skye Morrison, well know kite artist from Hastings, designed a paper kite for the opening. We used one of the campsites as our location where the kids could colour them, but the winds were bad, so flying was poor. Q. Why did you start Kite Day? A. The prior year we had been to a kite show in Texas. We saw a Canadian flying 3 - 2 line kites all at once. Amazing! Normal control is one kite on 2 kite lines, one in each hand. He was flying one kite in each hand with the third attached to his waist. After the kite show there were many people of all ages learning to fly. We got interested and eventually our grandchildren joined in the fun. The following year we moved the Ferris Park Kite Day to a field away from the campsites with a larger area and better winds. The designated field was more visible from County Road 8 and was a spectacle for folks as they passed by. We cut grass each year in the field. We used a sled kite design, by making a wood template to trace and then cutting out plastic teyvac donated by a local lumber yard. We supplied markers and materials for the kids to paint, and they put together, decorated and flew the kites. It was good to have an event for the whole family. We did this for 12 years. Q. How long were you a volunteer? A. I volunteered in the park for 15 years helping maintain the park with the Friends. I did trail maintenance and worked with Friends members and park staff. I felt general overall maintenance was important and keeping the park up to date was important. At this point Ferris Park was under control of the Town, not Ontario Parks. Q. How long did you serve as President? A. I was President for one year, until a new president was elected but I continued to work in the park for several years. Q. What was your favorite part of the park? A. The trails. I, along with a number of other volunteers created a number of the trails currently found in Ferris. It is satisfying to see that they are still so well used and appreciated. Q. What was your favorite project? A. I enjoyed working with the Friends members, volunteers and park staff and the interaction with the young people working in the park.
Fred Ellis at Kite Day.
Discovery Programs – A Happy Tradition in Parks In 1944, Ontario Parks hired its first seasonal park naturalist. Algonquin Provincial Park hired J.R. Dymond, the Director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Zoology at the time, to lead nature hikes within the park and visit children’s camps. The second provincial park in Ontario to introduce interpretive programs was Rondeau Provincial Park. Richard “Dick” Davy Ussher, hired in 1955, was the park’s first full-time naturalist. Locally, Bud Guertin was Presqu’ile’s first Park Naturalist in 1957. Ferris started Discovery drop-in Programs in 2015. Today we have roughly 300 Discovery staff stationed in over 70 parks across the province – all endeavoring to engage visitors in exploring the diverse natural and cultural heritage features that make up our vast home. Why? To enhance visitor’s enjoyment of these special spaces, encourage appropriate use and protection of them, and cultivate dedicated park stewards to name a few reasons. And it’s fun! Naturally, a few things have changed over the years, as the program grows and evolves to meet the changing interests of visitors. Most recently we have changed the name from Natural Heritage Education to Discovery. But don’t be mistaken, the Discovery Program is here to take this 75+-year tradition of exploring and discovering parks into a new era. Ferris’s Discovery Drop-in Programs occur on Saturdays and Sundays. Look for the posters for locations or ask at the gate.
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Camper Information Vehicle Permits Please display valid permits at all times when staying in the park. Remember the pink copy is for your vehicle and the white copy is for the campsite post. Day users must display a correctly dated pass or seasonal permit on the dash of their vehicles. Vehicles must be parked only in areas provided for that purpose.
Delayed Arrivals – Call (705) 653-3575 If you have a reservation and are going to be delayed, please let us know. Failure to cancel a reservation will result in a “no-show” after 8:00 a.m. on the day after the expected arrival date. Fees for the first night will be levied and your site will then be considered available for new occupancy.
Camper Limit A maximum of six persons, or one immediate family (two adults) is permitted on each campsite.
Flowers and Firewood All natural features in the park are protected by law and their removal by visitors is prohibited and is a chargeable offence. This includes flowers, deadfall, twigs, rotting logs, etc.. Leave these features in the park so that they can fulfill their natural role in the park’s ecosystem. For your convenience firewood and starter blocks may be purchased at the gatehouse.
Picnic Table You are provided with only ONE picnic table per site. Please do not move extra tables to your site if they are not in use on other sites. Excessive Noise Excessive noise is not permitted at any time during the day or night. This includes rowdy behaviour or obscene language. Please be considerate of your neighbours and do not interfere with their enjoyment of the park at any time of the day or night. Such behaviour may result in fines and/or eviction. Drinking Water Water taps located throughout the park are for campsite use only. Do not wash dishes or yourself at the taps. Such actions pose a potential health risk. Take water back to your campsite for use. Hours Only registered campers are allowed in a Provincial Park during the posted hours of closing - 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Self Serve Fee Collection During all periods when there is no staff in the gatehouse, you are required to pay day use and camping fees at the self-serve fee collection station located just outside the gatehouse. Please follow the instructions as posted. Please be prepared to provide correct change. Refunds are not available. Comfort Stations Comfort stations, with hot and cold running water and electrical outlets, are located in Valley View and Bedrock Campgrounds. The comfort station in Valley View Campground has showers. Vault toilets are conveniently situated throughout the Park. Please do not use the electrical outlets for cooking appliances and do not leave plugged-in items unattended.
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Sink Wastes Please dispose of your wastewater at any vault toilet or at the trailer sanitary station which is located just off the main park road leading up to the campgrounds. Comments and Complaints If you have a complaint or wish to report a condition you feel may be hazardous to visitors, please report it immediately to the Gatehouse or other staff. Appropriate action will be taken. We encourage all campers to fill out the back of their camp post permit for deposit in the expired permit box upon leaving the park. We value your comments and input. Road Safety Many visitors enjoy walking the campground and Park roadways, so please drive with extreme caution and obey all signs and speed limits posted in the Park. Unlicensed Motor Vehicles, All Terrain Vehicles Provincial Parks, Park roads and Park trails are not for the use of ATVs, off-road motorcycles or any other unlicensed vehicles. Towing Mirrors Towing mirrors pose a hazard for children and fellow campers. Help to prevent accidents by removing the extended mirrors from your vehicle after your trailer is unhitched. Check-in/Checkout Times Check-in time on the day of your arrival is 2:00 p.m. Check-out time on the day of your departure is 2:00 p.m. You must vacate your site by that time. Your site must be left in a clean state with all garbage and refuse removed and disposed of at the garbage and recycling depots provided at the exit of each campground.
did I get a parking ticket?
Permits are required for all Park use (from short day visits to extended overnight camping trips). If a Park Warden cannot see a valid permit on your vehicle dashboard, a parking ticket is issued for "fail to display” (not "fail to have") permit. Always remember to visibly display your permit on your vehicle dashboard when in a provincial park.
Summary of Offences: rules you should know
There is one basic rule in Ontario Parks: Have respect and consideration for your fellow camper 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 Act and other legislation governing behaviour in provincial parks can be reviewed at provincial park offices and on the e-laws website at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca . 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. Offence
• 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
• Use discriminatory, harassing, abusive or insulting language or gestures • Make excessive noise • Disturb other persons • Operate audio device in prohibited area
$ 100.00 $ 100.00 $ 175.00 $ 100.00 $ 50.00 $ 100.00
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.
Storing Wildlife Attractants
• Unlawfully store wildlife attractants
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.
• Litter or cause litter • Fail to keep campsite / facility clean • Fail to restore campsite / facility to original condition
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.
• Unlawfully take motor vehicle into park or possess or operate it • Speeding –more than 20 km/hr • Operate vehicle off roadway • Disobey stop sign
$125.00 $100.00 $125.00 $85.00
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.
• Park vehicle in area not designated • Fail to display permit on parked vehicle
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.
• 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
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.
• 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
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.
• Fail to vacate and remove property from campsite on permit expiry • Unlawfully occupy campsite • Camp over time limit
$75.00 $125.00 $75.00
Camping Equipment / Persons
• Place more than 3 pieces of shelter equipment on campsite • Place more than one tent-trailer, house trailer or self-propelled camping unit on campsite • Excessive number of persons occupying campground campsite / interior campsite
• Start fire other than in fireplace or designated place • Start fire where notice of fire hazard is posted
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.
• Possess fireworks • Ignite fireworks
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.
Hours of Closing
• Enter park after closing hours • Remain in park after closing
Only registered campers are allowed in a provincial park during the posted hours of closing (10 p.m. to 8 a.m.).
(plus 3 demerit points)
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.
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