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Presqu’ile 2014 Information Guide

Ye ar of the Fa mi ly

Published by: The Friends of Presqu’ile Park in cooperation with Ontario Parks

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Presqu’ile Provincial Park


A Family Affair 2014 has been designated the year of the family by the UN. It would be hard to find a more fitting theme for Presqu’ile’s 2014 information guide. Early European settlers came to this area specifically to make a better life for their families. From humble beginnings farms grew into economic enterprises, culminating here in the Atkins’ family farm, which operated from 1920 to 1956. Since the late 1800s, the family enterprise most associated with Presqu’ile has been that of having fun. Families have been coming to Presqu’ile to swim, walk, play and just plain relax for nearly 150 years. Starting in 1905 much of that fun was centred on the Presqu’ile Hotel and dance pavilion. More public access was possible with the creation of Presqu’ile as a park in 1922 and the main focus for visiting families started swinging from the hotel to camping in the park in the 1950s and 60s. Family camping Courtesy Lynda Mitic collection

K. Anderson

250,000 people come to relax at Presqu’ile annually

and picnics continue to be a big draw for visitors today with close to a quarter million visits annually. In addition to providing recreational opportunities to human families, Presqu’ile also protects a variety of natural habitats that provide homes to a large number of animal families. Twenty-five species of mammals, over 100 birds, eleven reptiles, fourteen frogs and salamanders, 50 butterflies, 50 dragonflies and hundreds

of other insects routinely raise families at Presqu’ile – OK “raise” might not apply to most insects, amphibians and reptiles, but they do routinely breed here. In addition, hundreds more use the habitats here for part of the year, mostly as a migration stop-over. In all, Presqu’ile is important for thousands of animal “families” during the year. So in this Year of the Family, we will share some of our family stories with you in the following pages.

Lawn bowling at the hotel M.N.R. #52077 (25 K. P.R., 07 02 28) ISSN 1713-9708 ISBN 978-1-4606-3640-4 (2014 ed.) © 2014 Government of Ontario Printed in Ontario, Canada

While many families return to Presqu’ile year after year, some as large family gatherings, none comes close in size to our biggest annual “family” gathering that of the colonial nesting waterbirds out on Gull and High Bluff Islands. There are about 40,000 families that come back every summer to use those islands. While it may be stretching it a bit to consider them all related, it is not stretching it to say, with babies, there are a quarter million birds out on our islands in June. That’s some reunion! Presqu’ile’s islands are the most diverse waterbird colony on the Great Lakes, with 7 species nesting here. There are about 32,000 pairs of Ring-billed Gulls,

Killdeers are just one of the 100+ bird species that nest at Presqu’ile.

Family Reunion 5,000 Double-crested Cormorants, 1,000 Caspian Terns, 200 Herring Gulls, 100 Common Terns, 100 Black-crowned Night-Herons, and 30 Great Egrets.

D. Tyerman

Most of the birds nest on the ground and are very susceptible to ground predators so the islands offer some protection. A single fox or coyote can wreak havoc on the colony and just such an event occurred in 2009-11. A fox family had set up shop on High Bluff Island. This resulted in abandoned nests with D. Bree Nesting Ring-billed Gulls on Gull Island.

all the gulls leaving that island; many tried squeezing onto Gull Island instead. By 2012 the foxes had disappeared and gulls started returning to High Bluff Island. This sensitivity to disturbance is the reason the islands are closed to people from March 10 to September 10 every year.

Adult Ring-billed Gulls and Caspian Terns getting away from the island and family for a rest on Owen Pt.

Despite being closed, the colony can be observed at a distance from Owen Point, and it can certainly be heard! With a quarter million birds on the islands there is a lot of noise; shrieking parents, squabbling chicks begging for food and noisy neighbours, perhaps not that different from our family reunions. Just bigger.

Front Cover photos D. Bree, except: Common Terns – D. Tyerman, family on beach – K. Anderson, historical photo – courtesy H. Atkins Collection


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The Family Farm

Atkins farm house with gas pumps and rental cottage

Early settlement on the Peninsula is not well documented but a number of families started farms here beginning in the early 1800s. Unlike most of Ontario, Presqu’ile was not surveyed prior to settlement. It was supposed to remain a forested lighthouse reserve, but people saw empty land and moved in. The Perry Survey of 1896, a copy of which hangs in the Lighthouse Centre, shows thirteen families on a number of decidedly odd-shaped lots. Further settlement was a little more orderly but, as time went on, farming families started drifting away as soil was poor, and access to the peninsula was difficult with no roads. Meanwhile, in the late 1800s leisure seekers started coming over for picnics and many started buying land to set up “camps”, which turned into cottages. One of these early vacationers was John Atkins, a British subject, working in New York, who established a cottage here in 1903. John so liked the area that he began buying up farms on the peninsula and started his own farming operation, run by his son, also John, though known as Jack. The main farm house was located at what is now the Calf Cutting ice at Calf Pasture

Pasture Day Use Area. By 1927 they were the only operating farm left, and Jack and his family the only year-round residents.

Bringing in the hay circa 1940

The Atkins family farm thrived and Jack took formal ownership with the death of his father in 1933. The farm engaged in mixed farming with hay, corn and garden crops grown and hens, pigs and sheep kept, though the main focus was a dairy operation and later cottage services. The latter included supplying firewood, milk, ice (for refrigeration from stocks laid in from the bay in winter), fresh eggs and chickens. Additional tourist services were added in the late 1930s. Four rental cabins were built overlooking Calf Pasture Cove and

three gas pumps were installed in front of the house. Jack’s sons, Harold and Bob, also provided a number of odd-job services including newspaper delivery, grass cutting, handy-man work, and supply delivery from town. In the 1940s Jack Atkins also started working as Presqu’ile Park Commission foreman (the park commission had been established in 1922). Like all family farms, everyone in the family worked at making it a successful operation. A short list of the daily chores included; bringing coal, wood and water to the house, feeding and watering chickens, pigs, horses, and cows, gathering eggs, milking cows and transporting the milk to the dairy in town. Most of these routine jobs were carried out by the four children. Also like most family farms, changing times had a big impact on them. Refrigerators ended the ice business, the kids grew up and left home, and fire destroyed the dairy barn in 1956. That same year the farm was sold to the province to be added to the park’s land and all remaining buildings were removed by 1959. The era of the family farm at Presqu’ile was over, but not forgotten. Visit the Calf Pasture Day Use Area today to learn more about the farm and where it stood. This tabloid is printed on Recycled paper

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Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Our Shoreline


Welcome to our Park!

The Presqu’ile shoreline is a dynamic and attractive place, for both humans and animals. The following outline some of the natural events and their effects you may see, and some of the rules to follow, while visiting. Please follow these rules to ensure people can safely enjoy our shores with a minimum of disturbance to wildlife.

Superintendent’s Message


The Park is striving to make some exciting improvements to our infrastructure this year. As you have probably noticed we have paved the main entrance way to the park, and the outer road at High Bluff campground. This fall we will hopefully be paving the main road. This will improve access to the park, and also provide a safe, paved, bike path as well. During 2014 we will continue our work on repairing and upgrading the Vault Toilet situation within the park.

Kiteboarding is not allowed anywhere along the sandbeach during the crucial spring migration period from May 1 to June 10 inclusive. Outside this period kiteboard launching is allowed from the north end of the beach, beyond Beach 1. Please follow the directional signs to the launch area. Ensure that you stay well clear of the swimming area and off-shore islands. An alternative boarding location is in Lake Ontario off the picnic area. Beach-goers please give kiteboarders room to launch.

Islands Off Limits

Gull and High Bluff Islands are the breeding grounds for one of the most diverse waterbird colonies on the Great Lakes. During the breeding season, over 40,000 pairs of adult gulls, terns, herons and cormorants nest in the trees and on every square metre of available ground. A poorly-timed visit to the islands can lead to widespread panic among the birds and the death of hundreds of chicks. For this reason, access to Gull Island, High Bluff Island and the waters 200 metres from their shorelines is prohibited from March 10 to September 10 inclusive.

Sick Gulls

Presqu’ile’s gull colonies produce about 200,000 chicks each year; yet a great many of these young birds will die before they reach adulthood. Some gull chicks are born with defects that prevent them from growing and reproducing normally, while others are simply weak and unable to fend for themselves. Cruel as it may seem, this annual “die-off” is necessary for the health of Presqu’ile’s gull colonies. If too many chicks were to survive, food supplies would dwindle, disease would become prevalent and the overall health of the colonies would decline.

Welcome to Presqu’ile Provincial Park for the 2014 camping season. This season will hopefully provide your family with an exciting camping experience. The park staff strive to keep your visit safe, clean and enjoyable. We understand how precious your vacation time is, and we want to be part of your vacation experience. During your visit ensure you take in all Presqu’ile has to offer, the Nature Center, interpretive programs, the beach, trails and the wildlife are all here for you to enjoy.

The Friends of Presqui’le have done a fantastic job at rebuilding and renewing the Jobes’ Wood Boardwalk. I urge all of our visitors to hike the trail and look at the excellent work completed by this group of volunteers. I also urge you to support the Friends through a donation or by volunteering. This group has done so much to improve the visitors experience at the park, and they can always use your support. Take a look at pages 12 to 15 of this guide to get a taste of their many activities and if you would like to get involved, please contact them. The park is also moving forward with a roofed accommodation venue. This cottage experience will hopefully be available sometime during the late summer of 2014. This cottage will allow people to enjoy Presqui’le in a private setting and with some creature comforts. Stay tuned for more information. Presqu’ile Park offers an excellent family environment and I truly hope you enjoy your stay. Please also take time to enjoy the town of Brighton and the local area, the many shops and services will provide a great addition to your visit to Presqu’ile. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me at the Park Office. Once again enjoy your stay. Sincerely Rob Cunningham A/Park Superintendent Presqu’ile and Ferris Provincial Parks

Propane Cylinders and Beyond • BLUE barrels, boxes and cages are for RECYCLABLES – METAL, GLASS, and PLASTIC. • ORANGE cages are specifically for PROPANE CYLINDERS. •G  REEN boxes are for RETURNABLE beverage bottles. • WHITE boxes on the side of the big garbage containers take BATTERIES. • BROWN containers take everything else as GARBAGE.

This Beach is for the Birds Too

You will notice our beach maintenance staff does not rake the area from Beach 3 south to Owen Point. This is part of our strategy to conserve this area for the large number of shorebirds that gather here during spring and fall migration (which starts in July!). Please do not enter this area of the beach or the shoreline as human presence disrupts shorebird feeding and resting and can impair their ability to migrate and breed successfully.

Here’s what not to do


I. Shanahan

At certain times of the year, you may notice large numbers of dead fish along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. This is a natural, and can be a common, occurrence. Healthy fish naturally carry bacteria in their bodies, including Clostridium botulinum, the organism that causes botulism. Dead fish that have washed up on shore create ideal conditions for the bacteria to produce the botulism toxin. When birds eat decaying fish that carry the toxin, they become paralyzed. You cannot contract botulism by swimming in or drinking lake water. However, you can become sick if you eat the raw flesh of a contaminated animal. For health reasons, we advise park visitors not to handle dead animals. Park staff routinely collect dead birds and fish that wash up on the shoreline. We collect information about the die-offs and pass it on to government and other authorities who monitor the situation. Please contact Park Staff if you would like more information.

Sanderling on Presqu’ile Beach

It takes many hands to operate a park in the summer, and Presqu’ile has up to 60 seasonal staff. There is always more to do. While busy, our staff are never too busy to stop and help our visitors. BUT they can use your help as well. One of the biggest problems at the park is one of waste divergence. We want to help lessen our environmental footprint on the earth and one way to do that is to recycle – less material in landfills, more raw materials being re-used. Because of their toxic nature Propane Cylinders are particularly troublesome. Please HELP US Keep our parks beautiful, safe and litter-free!

Here’s what to do Propane Cylinders Single use (non-refillable) propane cylinders should be deposited in Orange Drop collection cages found throughout the park. Refillable tanks should be refilled and reused as many times as it is safe to do so. Single use cylinders may also be brought to an Orange Drop collection site. Visit www.makethedrop. ca and search by postal code to find out where to drop-off your cylinders and other household hazardous waste. Safely disposing of your propane cylinders ensures that any remaining gases will be captured and the metal, valves and other elements will be recovered and reused. Other material All our campground refuse stations have multiple waste receptacles. Please use the correct container.

Because of risks to people and the environment: • Don’t discharge leftover propane into the atmosphere, even if the cylinder comes with a device to do this. • Don’t deposit any propane cylinders into your blue box. • Don’t put cylinders in the garbage. • Don’t put garbage in with the metal, glass and plastic. If there is too much garbage, the recycle station will not accept it and it just goes to landfill anyway and all the diligent work by our maintenance staff to create two waste streams just goes to waste. So please help us be greener. When it comes to the environment, we all have a responsibility! 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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Camper Information Our Picnic Shelter - see page 18


Campsites Presqu’ile has eight campground areas offering a total of 394 reservable campsites. Electricity is available on 160 sites in High Bluff, Pines, Elmvale and Trails End campgrounds. There is sufficient variety in the location and exposure of these sites to satisfy most tastes. However, choice is often limited by the popularity of the park. Late Arrivals Call (613) 475-4324 ext. 230 if you have a reservation and you are going to be delayed. Failure to cancel a reservation will result in a “noshow” 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. Group Camping Ten group camping sites are available for reservation at Presqu’ile. The facilities provided include fire pits, vault toilets, and drinking water. Group Camping sites can be reserved by calling the park directly at (613) 475-4324 ext. 221 or 227, starting the last Friday in April. According to the Public

Health Act, organized groups of 10 or more people, camping for five or more consecutive nights in a provincial park, must obtain a summer camp license. Information may be obtained from the Haliburton-Kawartha-Pine Ridge District Health Unit, 35 Alice Street, Brighton, Ontario, K0K 1H0. The Health Units telephone number is (613) 475-0933. Firewood Firewood and kindling are available for purchase at the Park Store, Camp Office and Main Gate. Washroom Facilities Comfort stations, with hot and cold running water, flush toilets and electrical outlets, are located in the Maples, Pines, Hidden Valley, and High Bluff Campgrounds. Vault toilets are conveniently situated throughout the park. Please DO NOT wash dishes or cook in the comfort stations. Showers The comfort stations in Maples, Hidden Valley, and High Bluff campgrounds have showers.

Barrier-Free Facilities Facilities for the physically challenged may be found in all of our campground comfort stations. Campsites # 81 and # 83 are designated as Barrier-Free Sites. The Marsh Boardwalk, Nature Centre and Lighthouse Interpretive Centre are also wheelchair accessible. A new All-Terrain Wheelchair is available for loan at the Main Gate. Ask for a Barrier-Free Facilities pamphlet for a complete listing. Drinking Water You can get fresh drinking water (tested weekly) from any of the water taps or comfort stations in the park. Quarterly water reports are available for public review at the Main Office during regular business hours. Trailer Sanitary Station A trailer sanitary and refill station is located opposite the entrance to the Owen Point Trail along the main park road. Dishwater Disposal Please dispose of your wastewater at any vault toilet or at the trailer sanitary station. By getting rid of your dishwater among the trees,

you will attract unwelcome guests to your campsite and you may harm the plants. For sanitary reasons, please do not wash dishes at park water taps or in comfort station sinks. Complaints If you have a complaint, report it immediately to any of our park staff and appropriate action will be taken. The Park Wardens can be reached at cell # 613-922-5403 in June, July and August. Church Services Interdenominational church services are held at the park Amphitheatre at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday morning from Canada Day to Labour Day. The times of other church services in the Brighton area are available from both the Main and Camp Offices, and the Park Host site. Laundry Facilities The nearest laundromat is located at the east end of Brighton on Elizabeth Street (Highway 2), across from the arena (613) 475-2939. Hospital Facilities The closest hospital is in Trenton, at 242 King Street, just north of Dundas Street West (613) 392-2541.

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 the park as well as

the minimum fines that apply. The Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act and other legislation governing behaviour in provincial parks are available in the park office. These laws are enforced by Park

OFFENCE Alcoholic Beverages Camping Permits and Renewals Camping Equipment Campfires Environmental Protection Fireworks Motor Vehicles



Hours of Closing Garbage

Rowdyism/ Noise

• Have liquor in open container other than residence (campsite) or during ban • Consume liquor in other than residence • Have open container of liquor in vehicle • Fail to vacate and remove property from campsite on permit expiry • Unlawfully occupy campsite • Camp over time limit • Place more than 3 pieces of shelter equipment (a tarp and dining shelter is not included) (only one piece can be a tent trailer or RV) • Start fire other than in fireplace • Have care or control of fire in other than fireplace • Damage Crown property • Unlawfully remove natural or other objects • Unlawfully cut plant or tree • Possess fireworks • Ignite fireworks • Unlawfully take motor vehicle into park or possess or operate it • Operate vehicle off roadway • Unlawfully operate all-terrain vehicle • Park vehicle in area not designated as parking area • Fail to display permit on park vehicle • Unlawfully permit domestic animal at large • Unlawfully permit domestic animal to be in swimming area or beach • Permit domestic animal to make excessive noise • Unlawfully enter park after closing hours • Unlawfully remain in park after closing hours • Litter • Fail to keep campsite clean • Use abusive or insulting language • Make excessive noise in the park • Disturb other persons in the park

Minimum Fine*

$100.00 and/or eviction

$175.00 $75.00


$150.00 $125.00 $100.00 $150.00 $125.00 $30.00


$125.00 $125.00

$150.00 and/or eviction

Wardens who are Peace Officers defined under the Criminal Code of Canada and have the authority of an Ontario Provincial Police Officer within a provincial park. Violating these laws may result in fines and/or eviction.

Explanation Drinking and possession of alcohol are banned anywhere at Presqu’ile from May 14 to May 24 inclusive. Outside this period you are permitted to consume or possess an open alcoholic beverage on a registered campsite only. You are required to vacate and remove all property from your campsite by 2:00pm on the date your permit expires. The maximum length of stay in a provincial park is 23 days. If you wish to extend your stay please inquire at the Camp Office before 12 noon on the day your permit expires. Without a limit on the amount of camping gear allowed campsites would quickly deteriorate, becoming larger and larger, destroying the surrounding vegetation. Fires are permitted in fireplaces only for safety reasons, both to prevent injury to people and to reduce the risk of forest fires. To maintain the park as a healthy functioning ecosystem, the removal of natural objects is prohibited. This includes the cutting of any live growth and the damage of any natural or other object. You may not remove any natural object from the park. You may not take fallen or dead wood for campfires. Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited at all times in provincial parks. They constitute a hazard and disturb other visitors. Each vehicle in the park must have a valid permit and it must be DISPLAYED. Motor vehicles may be operated on roads only. All provisions of the Highway Traffic Act apply on all park roads. Off-road vehicles are not permitted. All vehicles must be parked in designated areas and must display a valid permit. Two vehicles may be parked on a campsite. All other vehicles must be parked in other designated lots. In either case an Additional Vehicle Permit is required and must be displayed on the dash. For health and safety reasons all domestic animals must be kept under control and on a leash not exceeding 2 metres at all times. Under the Public Health Act pets are not allowed in swimming areas or on the beach at any time. You must clean up after your pet. Pets are not allowed in the comfort station showers. Only registered campers are allowed in a provincial park during the posted hours of closing 10:00pm to 7:00am. Deposit all garbage, litter and recyclable materials in the appropriate containers provided. Campsites must be kept clean and tidy at all times to eliminate hazards to park visitors and discourage wildlife from becoming pests/. Provincial parks are established to provide a setting for peaceful, natural experiences. Rowdy behaviour, including excessive noise and abusive language is not permitted. You are not allowed to disturb any other person or interfere with anyone else’s enjoyment of the park at any time of the day or night.

* All fines are subject to additional administration and victim impact surcharges. Fines may change without warning.

Park Hosts are here to help Services of our volunteer Park Hosts are available all summer at Campsite 212 in Lakeside. Our Hosts provide park activity information, beach and weather reports, a small repair kit, and will help you with your camping needs. Drop by and say hello!

Sale of goods and services Only authorized concessionaires are permitted to sell goods and services in a provincial park.

Number of People per Campsite A maximum of six persons or one immediate family unit is permitted on each campsite.

Speeding on Park roads Our park roads are used heavily by children, pedestrians and cyclists. Many of the park roads are narrow and do not provide room to pull off to avoid hitting someone or something. It is important to keep your speed down while using our park roads. While the posted speed on the main road is 40 km/ hour, the speed limit on the campground roads is 20 km/hour. Please take extreme care while operating a motor vehicle inside the park. Causing an unreasonable amount of noise One of our most common complaints or concerns is the excessive amount of noise other campers cause, not only at night but at all times of the day. Barking dogs, generators, loud voices and radios top the list. It is an offense under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act to create excessive noise at any time of the day. Please be considerate to your fellow campers and keep the noise level down. Using outside water taps for personal hygiene or doing dishes The park tests the drinking water regularly to ensure there is a safe supply of water. Unfortunately, if people use the taps to do dishes, wash their hands or hair, or brush their teeth the individual tap may become contaminated. It is important for everyone’s safety to use the taps for water only. A considerate camper will go to the tap, get a quantity of water in a pail or bucket and take it back to the campsite for use. For the same reason do not wash dishes or cook in the comfort stations. Keeping our water safe Please don’t fill up your trailer reservoirs directly from campground water taps. Besides monopolizing the tap for ½ hour or more to the detriment of other campers, it can also contaminate our water supply. Connecting hoses to the taps often overrides or damages the backflow prevention valves leading to contaminated water and costly repairs.

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) 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). 4) Conduct a tick check. Look on your clothes, body and pet. Pay close attention to your neck and scalp region.

- 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.

By following these simple suggestions you can have a safe and enjoyable time exploring Presqu’ile. For more information please consult the following agencies and their websites: Public Health Agencies of Canada: publications/disease/lyme.aspx Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care:

D i sc o v e r i n g t

Leaving garbage behind Littering on beaches, roads and trails spoils the natural beauty of Presqu’ile and other visitors’ enjoyment of the park. In addition, leaving your campsite a mess when you leave ruins the next camper’s visit. When you are ready to leave, look over your shoulder. Would you enjoy arriving at this campsite in the condition it is in? Please ensure future visitors have the same enjoyable experience you had. Vandalism and carving on rocks, 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. However, it would be much more enjoyable for everyone if all visitors would use some common sense and remember one of the park’s most important rules - have consideration for the park and your fellow visitors.


Blacklegged tick with a penny for scale D. Chernoff

After reviewing thousands of comment cards, we recognize that campers have comments about their fellow park visitors as well as park services. We have compiled this list to help reduce the number of complaints we receive and increase everyone’s enjoyment while visiting Presqu’ile.

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 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.

Found a Tick?

D. Bree

Top 5 List of Things Others Do That Upset Campers

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 necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Campsite Boundaries Campsites are designed to accommodate a limited amount of people and camping equipment. Please respect the campsite boundaries that are set by keeping your tents, trailers and vehicles within these limits and refraining from trampling surrounding vegetation. Doing so will maintain and help further the restoration of buffers between sites.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

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Camper Etiquette

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Come out and search for me along the Marsh Boardwalk Trail – American Bittern



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Free Tour Bus to Brighton

Points of Interest

Every Wednesday and Thursday between Canada Day and Labour Day weekends.

Do you need more provisions? Want to explore Brighton downtown shopping and attractions? Want to learn more about the history and ecology of Brighton and Presqu’ile? Want to chill out and relax? If you said yes to any of these questions then the Brighton Bus is for you.

This Free service operates between the park and downtown Brighton with stops along the way during the summer. Join our knowledgeable driver and volunteer guides provided by the Friends of Presqu’ile on your journey into the park. They can point out places of interest, answer questions and make your trip a friendly and fun experience. • Leaves the Camp Office at 20 minutes after the hour between 10:20am and 3:20pm. • Stops at the Lighthouse 40 minutes after the hour. • Returns from the Brighton Chamber of Commerce Office on the hour, starting at 10am. Last bus back to the park 3:00pm. Detailed bus schedules available at the main and campground gate houses, Park Host Site (212) and the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre.

Driver Paul and the Shuttle Bus

This program is funded by The Municipality of Brighton (613 475-0670) and Brighton District Chamber of Commerce (877 475-2775)


We are very pleased to welcome Susan Moshynski back as our Artist-in-the-Park for 2014. Susan was born in Trenton and raised in Prince Edward County. She returned to the area in 1991 after living and working in Toronto as a graphic designer and illustrator. She has a Fine Arts degree from York University and also studied at Ontario College of Art. Susan is also known for her political cartoons and caricatures which Susan Moshynski’s look at Jobes’ Woods have been published in a number of national and local papers. She is now rediscovering her love for landscape painting, using watercolours, pastel and acrylic mediums. Her work is evolving as she branches into an expressionistic “loose landscape” style. Presqu’ile Park has been a favourite inspiration for her paintings for years. Her works can be seen at her website www. During July and August Susan will be in the park on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm to showcase the art of painting as well as the park itself. Susan’s 2014 schedule is listed below but is subject to change due to weather. Check out the Nature Centre or Lighthouse Interpretive Centre on the day for any updates and look for signs along the road. Date


July 2 July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30 Aug 6 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27

Lighthouse Boardwalk Calf Pasture Day Use Area Nature Centre Jobes’ Woods Picnic Area – across from the Picnic Shelter Calf Pasture Day Use Area Boardwalk Lighthouse

Northumberland Tourism

Ferris Provincial Park This rural oasis on the banks of the Trent River is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding region and the Trent-Severn Waterway. It sits on land donated by the family of James Marshall Ferris, a 19th century entrepreneur in the area. Forest trails, a pedestrian suspension bridge over the Ranney Gorge and historic stone fencing are just some of the attractions you will find at Ferris. The Friends of Ferris are very active in the park; sponsoring trail signs and interpretive panels, helping keep the trails open in summer and winter, and hosting a variety of events throughout the year. They have been instrumental in restoring sections of the unique stone walls in the park through their Dry Stone Wall Workshops. For more information on the Friends and Ferris Park visit

Proctor House Museum and Barn Theatre This 19th century mansion on a hill overlooking the Town of Brighton and Lake Ontario was once the home of a wealthy shipping magnate. The interior of the mansion has been restored to reflect the style of that period (circa 1869). Proctor House Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during July and August. Special events and activities are also featured throughout the summer months. For information call (613) 475-2144. Associated with Proctor House is the Proctor-Simpson Barn, home of Brighton Barn Theatre. The theatre produces four live shows a year in this intimate and unique theatre, opened in 2001. See for more information. For information on Proctor House, and ticket information and reservations for the Barn Theatre call 613-475-2144.

Memory Junction Of 34 Grand Trunk Railway Stations built in Ontario, only nine remain standing. Brighton’s station, built in 1855, is the only one remaining of the 14 stations once found between Belleville and Cobourg. It affords the best spot to observe the busy main line action - up to 65 trains per day! The station is currently undergoing restoration to an original operational station. In addition to a display of railway showpieces, it includes hundreds of pieces of Brighton memorabilia. Also on the three acre site is a 1906 Grand Trunk locomotive and tender, a restored 1929 caboose, a 1923 wooden C.P.R. box car and a 1929 Boarding car. Bring your cameras and tour these vehicles. (See ad page 8.)

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Sponsors of the Friends of Presqu’ile


T h i s p u b l i c a t i o n i s m a d e p o s s i b l e w i t h t h e p a r t i c i p a t i o n o f l o c a l b u s i n e s s e s a n d o r g a n i z a t i o n s . S h o w y o u r a p p r e c i a t i o n b y g i v i n g t h e m y o u r s u p p o r t.


Only 15 minutes from Brighton

Birdhouse nature store

HOURS: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday Noon - 4:00 p.m.

v Seed & Suet v Bird Feeders & Accessories v Nest Boxes v Bird Baths v Books, Gifts v Garden Flags Tel: 613-397-3230 Tollfree: 1-877-480-7434 2823 Cty. Road 40 Downtown Wooler, K0K 3M0 |

Baker’s Dozen

Coffee Donuts sHop • all day breakfast • Fresh coffee • baked goods made fresh daily Hours: 4:30 am – 11:00 pm


3 ElizabEth St. brighton, on


Canada’s “Off-Grid” Winery Pioneers Organic Practices

251 Long Reach Road, Brighton, Ont. 5 minutes from 401


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Boarding – Daily and Long Term Rates Dogs – Indoor/Outdoor runs, heated Cats – Kitty Condo – Play Area


Located in quiet, secure country setting Individual care and exercise boarding – Jean House

Jodie Barker & Gary Sharp Owners & Operators

39 Main St. Tel: 613.475.0644 Brighton, Ont K0K 1H0 Fax:613.475.5892 Email: Come on down on a rainy day!

422 Partridge Hollow Road RR 3 - Consecon, ON 613 965-0893

Memory Junction Museum Open June 1 – September 30 or by chance or appointment. • 1856 Grand Trunk STaTion • Morrow iMporT BuildinGS – BaGGaGe Shed • # 2534 110 Ton locoMoTive • coal Tender • 1913 wooden Box car – apple rouTe • 1929 wooden caBooSe • 4 Man Service vehicle • BoardinG car – archiveS • 3 SpeederS • 2 STeel caBooSeS • 1 velociped • FlaT car

Donations welcome

3 km east of Castleton on County Rd. 25 905-344-5941

613-475-0379 Box 294, 60 Maplewood Ave., Brighton ON K0K 1H0 E-mail:

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130 Grand Road • Campbellford, ON MONDAY SEPT. 2ND 706-653-3250 •

9am - 5pm

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41 Main St. Brighton, Ontario K0K 1H0

705-653-3250 At the•Brighton heAlth Shoppe we have all your camping needs — from biodegradable cleaners and personal care, to natural insect sprays, sunscreens, and so much more... plus all your supplements, gluten-free and organic groceries!


Quinte Ltd., Brokerage

Independently Owned and Operated

Marian Johns Broker

Bus: 613.475.6594 Toll Free: 1.800.501.7499 Cell: 613.848.4747

46 Prince edward St., Unit 5, Brighton, on

(on hwy. 30 jUSt SoUth of hwy. 2)

Gates Open at 5:30 pm - Racing Begins at 7:00 pm

$2.00 OFF

Specializing in razor cutting Walk-ins welcome


5 Dundas Street Brighton, ON K0K 1H0

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Automotive Repair & Maintenance Tel: 613-475-2263 FAx: 613-475-5966

15411 #2 HWY., R.R. 3 BRigHTon, on K0K 1H0


Bed & Breakfast Brighton/Colborne, ON, Canada • Your Hosts: Burke Friedrichkeit & Ken Bôsher 14257 County Road #2 (corner of Barnes Road)

Brighton, ON K0K 1H0

Tel.: 613-475-5267

Members of Brighton & District Chamber of Commerce, Northumberland Tourism, The Apple Route

• Fishing • hunTing • Marine • ConvenienCe iTeMs • iCe CreaM & slush puppies • KayaK, Canoe and sup sales & renTals • guided Tours and lessons available

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PhonE: Fax: 613-475-3365

Income Tax PreParaTIon ServIceS

180 Baldwin Street | Brighton next to the Municipal Bay St. Boat launch and harbourview Marina Cafe

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Sponsors of the Friends of Presqu’ile

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T h i s p u b l i c a t i o n i s m a d e p o s s i b l e w i t h t h e p a r t i c i p a t i o n o f l o c a l b u s i n e s s e s a n d o r g a n i z a t i o n s . S h o w y o u r a p p r e c i a t i o n b y g i v i n g t h e m y o u r s u p p o r t.

The Freshest Place in Town We bake our bread FRESH every day

• 44 different varieties of apples (16 for piCk your own) • PumPkins • squash • sweet Corn • rasPberries • tomatoes • Gift items • homebakinG 3 km west of Brighton on hwy 2


Come get lost in our

Our veggies are sliced FRESH every day

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1-800-720-EGAN (3426) Near Peterborough. No boating license required. “Best outdoor vacation in Ontario”- CTV

64 Elizabeth Street Elizabeth Street Plaza

Fabulous Food stunning Views oF Presqu’ile bay From our waterFront Patios oPen daily For lunch and dinner

75 Harbour St. brigHton • Licensed • 613-475-4142 Camping trailer rentals

B r i n g i n g Yo u r V a c a t i o n t o Yo u 637 County Road 26 Brighton, Ontario K0K 1H0

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Pare’s Home Hardware 11 Oliphant St. Brighton, ON 613-475-2471

Open 7 days a week

Car Wash open

6 13 - 8 4 8 - 3 0 0 2 STEVE SWEET’S R.V. & PARTS DEPOT

Specializing in English Style Light Batter Halibut, Haddock & Cod. Home Cut Fries, Fresh Salads, Burgers & Steaks

16477 Hwy. # 2 West Trenton, ON K8V 5P7 Phone: (613) 392-0495 Fax: (613) 392-2181


Toll Free: 1-877-239-7001


Located Across from the Beer Store 10 McFArLAnd dr., Picton, on HOURS: 9 AM – 3 PM MON – FRI OPeN SAtURdAyS FROM VIctORIA dAy WeekeNd UNtIl lAbOUR dAy

2 miles from Presqu’ile Park gate

(fully licensed)

For Great Dining

613-475-6260 Open 7 days a week from May to September, winter hours please call.

• Marine Gas • 26 Boat Slips • Children’s Playground • General Store

5 Bay Street West, Brighton

Discover the Difference Experience our customer focused building process that fosters confidence and peace of mind.

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Sponsors of the Friends of Presqu’ile


T h i s p u b l i c a t i o n i s m a d e p o s s i b l e w i t h t h e p a r t i c i p a t i o n o f l o c a l b u s i n e s s e s a n d o r g a n i z a t i o n s . S h o w y o u r a p p r e c i a t i o n b y g i v i n g t h e m y o u r s u p p o r t.

Dr. Chiemi Ogawa Veterinarian

Mon, Thur, Fri Tue Wed Sat & Sun

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Prince Edward Square 46 Prince Edward St., Unit 11 Brighton, ON K0K 1H0 Phone: 613-475-5510

Tapestry │ Kids Krafts │ Knitting Classes Gift Certificates │ Something for Everyone!

The Brighton Inn This all season destination offers a rare combination old world charm and convenient location - right in the heart of Brighton. Deluxe accommodation includes private ensuites to ensure your comfort, a guest lounge as well as a choice of gourmet-style breakfast. We are happy to offer a variety of packages; Golf, Dinner or Getaway - check our website for details.




613-475-9706 • 1-888-895-5807 40 Young Street, Brighton, ON


6 oliphant st., brighton

ask about our catering!

(Across from Home Hardware)

open 7 DaYs a Week at 11 am

FullY licenseD - l.l.b.o. • licenseD patio

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THE PROPANE PEOPLE SINCE 1937 • Ultra Qwick Oil Changes • 24 Hour Gas & Diesel

residential, commercial & industrial heating specialists

• Service Bay • Mechanic on duty

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bulk sales & retail

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B u i l t To Yo u r E x p e c t a t i o n s ! Great Canadian Oil Change is a Warranty Approved Quick Lube. GCOC performs fluid exchanges and other regularly scheduled maintenance as per your owners manual in about 10 minutes. No app ointment is necessar y. Monday – Friday: 8am–8pm, Saturday: 8am–6pm


Ask about our 500,000 Kilometre Engine Warranty and Free Roadside Assistance!


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Sponsors of the Friends of Presqu’ile

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The Big Apple




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TEA ROOM — Desserts only

November 1, 2, 5, 8 and 9 10 am to 4 pm

… and, at The Lighthouse Art Gallery, featuring: Doug Comeau, Rose Brown, and Linda Barber • Apples • peArs • Fresh vegetAbles in seAson • Apple Cider • honey • syrup • homemAde JAms • Jellies • etC.

(10 am to 5 pm) Free entry to the Park and the Show. Free parking. Telephone 613 475 1688 Email

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For more information on Christmas at Presqu’ile see page 13

Lockouts • Heavy Equipment • Distance & Local Towing • Diesel & Gas Repairs • Licensed Canada & USA • Emissions Testing • Trailer Moving • Recovery • Flatbed Service • Safety Certificates •

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The Friends of Presqu’ile Park


Welcome to Presqu’ile W

hether this is your first visit or you are a returning visitor, I hope that you will enjoy your stay at our beautiful park and that your experience here will motivate you to help us achieve our Vision.* As Chair of The Board of Directors of The Friends, I am very pleased to welcome you on behalf of our members and volunteers. Their tireless efforts provide the many activities for you and your family to enjoy. The Friends of Presqu’ile is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides volunteer services and significant financial support to improve the Park in many ways (highlighted in more detail throughout this tabloid). Presqu’ile is designated with a Natural Environment Classification which means management will work to protect the landscapes and special features The Friends of Presqu’ile Park is a non-profit charitable association of volunteers dedicated to enhancing the educational, interpretive, and scientific research programs at Presqu’ile Provincial Park. A registered Charitable Organization 124351511 RR0001

The Friends have completed the refurbishment of Jobes’ Woods Trail. After the year-long construction, now you can enjoy the results of over 5000 hours of volunteer work. The material costs for the project ($91,000) were funded from The Friends’ reserves and donations. The decking is TREX, a woodalternative product made from recycled plastic and waste wood that would otherwise end up in land-fill. It is extremely weather-resistant and will never rot, crack, or splinter.

of the natural region, while providing opportunities for activities such as swimming and camping. We have begun to think of Presqu’ile as a natural and historical museum providing an opportunity to study five unique habitats. All of these habitats are in need of our care and are well worth preserving and enhancing in accordance with the Park’s official Management Plan.

2014 IS THE ‘YEAR OF THE FAMILY’ Each year the Park Staff look for appropriate themes to provide a focus

species will ensure a return of both flora and fauna endangered as a result of environmental deterioration.

P. Alker

SUPPORT THE FRIENDS Throughout the summer, and on many fall and spring weekends, the Lighthouse Gift Shop is a popular stopping place where you may purchase interesting books, mementos and a wide variety of items. All profits go toward supporting the educational and interpretive programs in the Park. Our BBQ committee organizes and provides tasty treats to visitors and

f rom The Fr ie nd s’ Cha i r for learning opportunities which are supported by The Friends. This year’s theme is taken from the United Nations focus on The Family and what better way for you and us to honour our families than to spend a little time marveling and caring for our natural environment. You can do this in many ways, including taking a walk along Jobes’ Woods Trail. The Friends is proud to have contributed about $90,000 in material, and thousands of volunteer hours, to remove the old deteriorated and dangerous boardwalk and to replace it with a new wider and more accessible trail.


We are also working with the Park’s Biodiversity Specialist to help with conservation activities. The tree nursery program is critical to re-establishing native species to our Park and careful removal of invasive and non-native Taking learning points from The Marsh Boardwalk, we modified the design. In the wet sections, galvanized steel legs were bolted to the framework which will improve longevity and reduce maintenance. Work through the spring months was basically working in a swamp. It was hot, heavy and wet. By the end of June the mosquitoes won and the volunteers withdrew until after Labour Day. By then, the vernal pools (hollows that fill up with water every spring) had dried

campers and special visitor groups also generating much needed funds. In the fall each year, our Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show is the focus of thousands of hours of efforts by volunteers. The proceeds of this show contribute significantly in support of our projects within Presqu’ile Park. Details are on our website

The Friends’ Project Sign

a sense of pride and wonder for this very special place. Our many members and volunteers have certainly ‘been bitten by the Presqu’ile bug’ and take great pleasure in working to ensure that the natural heritage and five habitats of this unique area are protected.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE Enjoy your stay and help us by supporting our many fund-raising activities and also by making a donation. Please make your cheque payable to The Friends of Presqu’ile Park and send it to us at: PO Box 1442, Brighton, Ontario, K0K 1H0. Income tax receipts are issued for donations of $10 and more. In closing, I would like to thank you for coming to Presqu’ile Park, and hope that your visit inspires you and creates J. Alker

Stephen R. Sinclair Chair, The Friends of Presqu’ile Park * Vision: The Friends of Presqu’ile Park view Presqu’ile Park as a valued and irreplaceable asset that should provide learning, recreational, and conservation opportunities for all. We believe that the natural heritage of this unique area must be preserved and protected for future generations to enjoy.

J. Alker

Volunteers rebuilding the boardwalks through Jobes’ Woods Trail

Jobes’ Woods Trail reopens

P. Alker

J. Alker

out and work could progress at a steady rate. To ease production, a large drill press was dismantled, carried in, and erected on one of the two new teaching zones. The steel legs could be made-tomeasure right on site. Apart from the odd tree being blown down across the newly built boardwalk, there were few delays. In November, the last boards were screwed in place. The old cedar rail fencing at the entrance to the trail was removed and a dual purpose seat/fence built in its place.

Jobes’ Wood boardwalk through the swamp

Preparing frame

This is a very popular trail not only for the regular visitor but also for The

Friends of Presqu’ile’s Kids n’ Nature School Group Program and Summer Camps. Most noticeable along Jobes’ Woods Trail are the vernal pools that are the breeding grounds for a great number of amphibians and invertebrates that need these shaded, fish-less water bodies. The new boardwalks are especially valuable for gaining access to these pools without disturbing the habitats. Please enjoy this important asset to Presqu’ile Park. Over 800 metres of boardwalk have been built and a new Trail Guide will be available in 2014.


The Friends of Presqu’ile Park

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Presqu’ile Provincial Park

For more information on events, visit The Friends of Presqu’ile Park’s website at or contact Presqu’ile Provincial Park at 613 475 4324, ext. 225.

FR EE WiFi The Lighthouse Interpretive Centre The Friends are providing a free service for campers and visitors. Reflecting the increased need for connectivity for e-mail and research, a FREE WiFi hotspot is now available in the area of the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre (LIC).

router in the LIC which transmits about 30 metres to the front of the building. Visitors and staff are now able to log on while sitting outside on the picnic benches.

Please call in at The Friends’ Gift Shop to obtain the current password. The Friends, with support from DeCastris This service is available from May Electronics (Belleville), have installed a until November.

School Group Program Teachers: Share the Presqu’ile experience with your class Did you know Presqu’ile’s education programs extend beyond the summer programs you have come to know and love? Educators can bring the Presqu’ile experience to their classroom through the FREE Kids ’n Nature School Group Program, developed and funded by The Friends of Presqu’ile Park, in cooperation with Presqu’ile Provincial Park. The Kids ’n Nature School Group Program aims to create an understanding of biodiversity through a rich problem-based learning experience for students in Kindergarten through Grade 7 using two key elements: In-class visit: An interpreter will visit the classroom, to discover students’ current knowledge and to introduce them to specific content with respect to biodiversity and Presqu’ile’s habitats. Students will then be given a ‘mission’ to complete on their field trip to the Park. In-park visit: During a trip to the Park, students will participate in a curriculum-based, half-day program

where they will explore a habitat and use worksheets to help them with their mission during their visit. Groups may choose one of the following habitats to study: • the marsh (Marsh Boardwalk) • the forest (Jobes’ Woods) • the dunes/tombolo/pannes • the meadowlands • the lake/beach habitats Groups may choose to participate in the in-park and/or the in-school portion. Through these authentic, problem-based learning experiences, students will take

D. Davis

March 15 and 16: Waterfowl Weekend, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. May 17 and 18: Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend, starting at 6:30 am. May 31: Annual General Meeting at Stonehedge, Details to be confirmed. June 7 to 22: Spring Interpretive Program – select weekends. June 28 to August 31: Summer Interpretive Program – daily programs. August 2 and 3: History Weekend, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. August 30 and 31: Monarchs and Migrants Weekend, starting at 8:00 am. September 6 to 28: Fall Interpretive Program – select weekends. The Lighthouse Interpretive Centre and The Friends’ Gift Shop will be open weekends. November 1 and 2, 5, 8 and 9: 23rd Christmas at Presqu’ile Juried Arts and Crafts Show – Free entry to Park and free admission to the Show. Free parking. Unless otherwise noted all events are FREE. A valid park permit is required to enter the Park.

T. Amsden

Calendar of Events – 2014

The Christmas House

Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show Christmas at Presqu’ile is not only one of Eastern Ontario’s premier juried Arts and Crafts Shows. It is also an event where you can meet with friends at our Tea Room and visit the Lighthouse Art Gallery. It is held in three separate buildings, beginning with the Nature Centre that is turned into the Christmas House and features the work of over 130 of Eastern Ontario’s finest Artisans and Crafters. The Show will be held on November 1, 2, 5, 8, and 9. Next door is Stonehedge, the heritage cottage that has become The Tea Room where visitors can relax and enjoy hot drinks, home baked cookies, and our famous Rum Cake.

J. McClintock

The third venue is the Lighthouse Centre, where the Art Gallery features the work of well-known professional artists Doug Comeau, Rose Brown, and Linda Barber, who are present during the Show. The Friends’ Gift Shop will be open for those last-minute stocking stuffers. FREE entry to Presqu’ile Park and to the Show. FREE parking. Need more information? C ont a c t u s at, or call 613 475 1688.

See ad on page 11

Summer Day Camp Expands to 4 camps in 2014

Kids ’n Nature away a connection to nature and an optimistic outlook on the relationship between humans and the environment. Teachers’ comments about our program have been very positive: ‘Very engaging and informative! A fantastic, hands-on learning experience!’

The Tea Room

A fun and exciting Nature and Outdoor Adventure Camp for boys and girls, from 8 to 14 years old. New for 2014, the Kids ’n Nature Summer Day Camp is expanding to allow more 8- to 11-year-olds, as well as 12- to 14-year-olds, to experience a 5-day outdoor adventure right here at Presqu’ile Park. Campers will enjoy learning about Presqu’ile Park’s natural and cultural history as they explore 5 different habitats through hiking, games, crafts, and educational activities. Getting to and from the park is easy: the bus picks campers up and drops them off daily at King Edward Park in Brighton. 3 x five-day Summer Day Camps for 8- to 11-year-olds: July 14 to 18; July 28 to August 1; and August 18 to 22.

New for 2014 – Summer Day Camp for 12- to 14-year-olds: August 11 to 15. Cost per child per week is $125. For more information and registration forms, please contact: The Friends of Presqu’ile Park call: 613 475 1688, ext. 3, e-mail:, website: Some quotes from parents of our 2013 campers: ‘Excellent, exciting, and fun!’ ‘... had such a wonderful time. He was very sad when it was over as he met so many new friends. He cannot wait until next year to do this again!’ ‘Nature camp is a nice change, it keeps the kids busy and tires them out. The small group with lots of staff is a plus.’ Top photos from left to right: Camper meets tree frog; Nature study session; Exploring the Marsh Boardwalk. Photos by J. Bullock

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The Friends of Presqu’ile Park


Have you discovered The Friends’

Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change lives, including your own.

Joyce Boucher in the Gift Shop

SUMMER: 7 days a week, from Canada Day weekend until Labour Day weekend, from 10 am to 5 pm. FALL: Every weekend until Thanksgiving, from 10 am to 4 pm, and during Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show, from 10 am to 5 pm. 100% OF PROCEEDS of Gift Shop sales remain in Presqu’ile Park to further the Park’s educational objectives.

The Friends of Presqu’ile are always on the look-out for more volunteers. Our volunteers all have a deep appreciation for the outdoors, and are enthusiastic ambassadors for Presqu’ile Park. There are many volunteer activities in the Park and these are opportunities to meet new and interesting friends and campers. It is a great way to be involved. The Friends provide $50,000 to $60,000 each year in supporting the educational and interpretive programs in Presqu’ile Park. We raise this money through a number of activities, such as; The Friends’ Lighthouse Gift Shop, Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show (held in November), our BBQs held over the birding weekends and on Saturdays during the summer, and the sale of raffle tickets. The backbone of all these activities is our volunteers. We have many other volunteer opportunities within The Friends. During July and August our volunteers act as

Nancy Sutton, Volunteer Co-ordinator

guides on the FREE shuttle bus that runs between the Park and the centre of Brighton. If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please call me, Nancy Sutton, Volunteer Co-ordinator for The Friends, at 613 475 9817 (answerphone) and leave your message – I will get back to you. Join The Friends for fun in the Park.

P. Alker

Jobes’ Woods Volunteers

and why visitors to the Park come back, year after year

Brenda McFarlane on duty in the Nature Centre.

Friends enjoy summer picnic

Volunteering with The Friends

My experience at the Nature Centre K. Anderson

‘I didn’t even know there was a Gift Shop way out here’! How many times has our Gift Shop Team heard these words? You will find us tucked in a corner in the climate controlled Lighthouse Interpretive Centre. Operated by The Friends of Presqu’ile, the Gift Shop is stocked with special products selected just for you. We carry The Friends’ publications, clothing, nature books and CDs, patches and pins, games and puzzles, jewellery, binoculars, cards, and many more useful and surprising gifts. Did you know that... •T  he Gift Shop is one of The Friends’ significant fund-raising activities. •O  ver 25,000 people visited the Centre and the Gift Shop in 2013 to purchase goods, renew memberships, make donations, buy raffle tickets, obtain information about the Park and the local Community, and, of course, learn about The Friends and its activities. •F  REE WiFi (provided by The Friends) is now available at The Lighthouse Centre – please call in to the Gift Shop for the current password. •W  e work with over 50 suppliers and local crafts people. •W  e have partnered with the Brighton Arts Council to make the Lighthouse Gallery bigger and better than ever. •W  e are open approximately 90 days a year. Be sure to come and browse – we always have special offers throughout the summer. For more information please call us at 613 475 1688 or drop in for a chat. OPENING HOURS WINTER and SPRING: During Waterfowl Weekend and Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend, and every weekend during June, from 10 am to 4 pm, and otherwise by appointment. Call 613 475 1688.

D. Davis

Lighthouse Gift Shop?

P. Alker

P. Alker

Each year we recognize an individual, or individuals, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the efforts of The Friends by presenting The John Cole Award at our Annual General Meeting. Nancy Sutton, our Volunteer Coordinator, has provided The Friends with outstanding service through her commitment in lining up volunteers from the first event of the year to the very last. Thank you, Nancy … we appreciate your dedicated work for The Friends.

When I became a volunteer in the Nature Centre, I was excited to share what actually goes on there and to find out why visitors return year after year. I would help out in many ways: welcoming every visitor and then directing them to the interpreters; keeping the children’s craft room tidy; putting pictures that the children had coloured on ‘the wall of fame’; answering questions about the exhibits and history; helping visitors to identify birds, frogs, butterflies, snakes, and fossils; and giving out directions to other features within Presqu’ile Park. I found it very interesting to see the live exhibits up close and I also enjoyed watching the children’s eyes light up when they asked, ‘can I touch it’? There was plenty of time to learn from the interpreters, each of whom was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. I have developed new friendships and hope to be back again in the summer.

R. Collins


Nancy Sutton, John Cole Award winner for 2013

Fred Helleiner’s Birding Reports

are posted every week on our website, see link below. birdingreportsp29.php

The Friends of Presqu’ile Park BOA R D OF DI R ECTOR S

Pete Alker, Chair, Communications Committee John Cockburn, Chair, Operations Committee May Davies, Treasurer Arlene Dennis, Secretary Craig Kerr Janine McClintock Phil McRae Ian Savill, Chair, Finance Committee Steve Sinclair, Chair, The Friends of Presqu’ile


The Friends of Presqu’ile Park

2014 Fund-raising Raffle Photo courtesy ClearWater Design

This year’s summer raffle prize features a canoe from ClearWater Design

The Friends of Presqu’ile are pleased to offer a ClearWater Design KAWARTHA Canoe and accessories as the prize in our summer raffle. The Kawartha is an excellent family canoe with a versatile design that is at home on lakes and rivers. It is 16’ long, 34” wide, has a capacity of 750 lbs., and weighs 69 lbs. Standard features include: multilayer linear polyethylene hull; maintenance free PVC gunwales; polyethylene end caps with integrated handles; webbed ash seats; contoured carry yolk; and, ash thwart. Please support The Friends’ programs and purchase your tickets, available from the end of May, 2014, at the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre and from members of The Friends. The draw will take place on Thanksgiving Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 4 pm.

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25th Anniversary Environmental Fund The ability of the Park to manage long-term environment preservation is limited because of the short-term demands of park services. Education, heritage programs, fauna and flora preservation and renewal are all just as important and demanding. In 2013, The Friends created the 25th Anniversary Environmental Fund to provide a dependable long-term source of funds to preserve and restore the environmental ecology at Presqu’ile Park. Funding will be available for countering the devastating effects of invasive and non-native species, supporting efforts to preserve habitat, and supporting research into the flora and fauna unique to Presqu’ile Park so that we can be better custodians of our natural heritage. If you share our passion for Presqu’ile Park, please consider making a donation. An income tax receipt will be issued for donations of $10 or more. For more information pick up a brochure at the Park offices, store and The Lighthouse Gift Shop or visit our website at

25th Anniversary Environmental Fund Being created to provide a dependable, long-term source of funds to preserve and restore the environmental ecology at Presqu’ile Park.

Show your support for The Friends of Presqu’ile and make a purchase at our Lighthouse Gift Shop located in the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre.

Don’t be Shy, Keep in Touch

Coming soon, to a Trail near you The Friends of Presqu’ile Park are about to launch a new service, for the Park and its visitors. Many of us love walking the trails in the Park, but sometimes our enjoyment is reduced due to fallen branches or trees, wet or flooded areas, broken planks on boardwalks, etc. So, to help remedy minor nuisances and to inform Park Staff of more serious situations... (drum roll please)... Trail Monitors to the rescue. Several other Friends of Provincial Parks groups operate volunteer trail monitors, i.e. Charleston Lake, Algonquin, and Frontenac. We plan to emulate their successes here in Presqu’ile. We have strong support from senior Park Staff and the Board of Directors of the Friends. By spring, we hope to have a group of dedicated volunteers willing to become Trail Monitors. Volunteers will receive training from Park Staff and will be provided with tools as required. Trail Monitors will work closely with Park Staff so our efforts will best complement the trail priorities of the Park. If you would like more information, or wish to help with this new initiative, please give me a call at 705 295 6967, or e-mail us at (add Trail Monitors in the Subject line). John Cockburn Chair, Operations Committee Trail Monitors

There are a number of ways you can keep in touch with Presqu’ile Park. Become a member of The Friends, volunteer, or just sign up for our regular news bulletins on the front page of our website

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C a r i ng fo r a n d P r e s e r v i n g P r e s q u’i l e P r o v i n c i a l P a r k To ge t h e r

Become a friend of Presqu’ile Park! If you are enjoying your stay here, please consider joining The Friends. The Friends of Presqu’ile Park is a non-profit, charitable organization run by volunteers and is focused on providing an understanding and an appreciation of the unique natural and cultural history of Presqu’ile Park. By becoming a Friend you will make a difference in protecting Presqu’ile Park and ensuring that the quality of these experiences will continue for others to enjoy.

You may have been on the Marsh Boardwalk, or walked through Jobes’ Woods Trail. These are two of many projects funded and constructed by volunteers of The Friends. If you wish to get involved and volunteer in any way, please contact Nancy Sutton, our Volunteer Coordinator, at 613 475 9817. Complete this application, enclose your payment, and send it to us at: The Friends of Presqu’ile Park, PO Box 1442, Brighton, Ontario, K0K 1H0.

M EM BER SH I P A PPL ICAT ION FOR M The fee for Family Membership of The Friends is $20. Membership will be valid until June 30, 2015, and entitles you to a 15% discount on selected items in The Friends’ Lighthouse Gift Shop, and early entry to the opening day of Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show. Family members must live at the same address. Name(s) ............................................................................................................................................................ Street Address .................................................................................................................................................. .................................................................................. Town/City....................................................................... Province/State .......................................................... Postal Code ...................................................................

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Workshops for the naturally curious

Discover Presqu’ile Park’s rich biodiversity year-round through our popular day-long NatureWorks courses. Get close to nature. Topics on ducks, mushrooms, trees, birds, and more are all possible. Experienced naturalists will lead you; first in the classroom, and then out in the field. There is a modest fee for participants and the minimum age is 14. Check out for upcoming courses or sign up for newsletters on the front page of The Friends’ website.

Did you know? Ice volcanoes of Presqu’ile

What you Missed this Winter

While most of our visitors come to Presqu’ile during the warm months, those intrepid souls that make Presqu’ile a winter stop were well rewarded in 2013-2014. Presqu’ile, like the rest of southern Ontario, experienced an “old fashion” winter – lots of snow, cold temperatures and howling winds. That doesn’t sound too inviting but the latter two conditions of cold and wind, D. Bree

Icy shoreline

are the prime drivers needed to create one of Presqu’ile most intriguing winter feature – the Ice Volcano! Ice volcanoes form on our sloping southern shoreline when it is cold enough to start freezing Lake Ontario. As the ice edge builds out from shore, big waves, generated by a cold south or south-west wind, push water under the ice shelf. This water is pushed up through the ice at weak spots, spurting into the air and freezing as it falls back down. This creates a hollow cone of ice around the weak spot that looks, and acts exactly like a volcano. Any one volcano may only be active for a few hours, before being sealed off from the lake by more ice. But even the “extinct” volcanoes form an impressive mountain range along the shore. This winter produced the best volcanoes we have had in years and rewarded many a winter visitor with an impressive landscape and spectacular photo opportunities.

Eastern Cedar seedlings in Presqu’ile nursery.

Presqu’ile has its own nursery. Tree seeds collected in the park are germinated in greenhouses and later transfered to our nursery. After some growing they will be used in rehabilitation projects throughout the park.

D. Bree

Park vistors examining volcanoes

Fire Wood is available from the Camp Office and Main Gate. Regrettably the bags are NOT recyclable – please place them in the garbage.

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Presqu’ile’s PARK STORE


We are the source for your camping needs: • Firewood • Ice • Groceries • Sundries • Camping Supplies • Beach Accessories • Ontario Parks Merchandise

Open weekends Victoria Day to Canada Day. Open daily Canada Day to Labour Day. Hours posted on bulletin boards throughout the park.


Van Houtte’s gourmet coffee Scooped ice cream - up to 20 varieties!

“Bring your own mug and get a discount on your coffee – Think Green”

Located on Presqu’ile Parkway, 2.2km from the Main Gate or follow the bicycle paths from the Camp Office or High Bluff Campground

A single piece of firewood can destroy millions of trees.


Did you know that transporting firewood allows invasive species such as the Emerald ash borer to spread, as they hide under the bark where you can’t see them? Something as simple as bringing your own firewood when you travel to or from your favourite campsite could threaten and destroy thousands, even millions, of trees. Please leave firewood at home to prevent the spread of these pests. A better alternative is to purchase firewood locally around the park; however please check for pest infestation and avoid purchasing ash firewood. To help slow the spread of Emerald ash borer Ontario Parks will continue to seize firewood transported from all areas regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). You could face penalties of up to $50,000 and/or prosecution if you move firewood out of an area regulated for a quarantined pest without prior approval from the CFIA.

Campers Have S’more Fun T-shirt - $17.95

For more information and the latest updates about Emerald ash borer and regulated areas, please

Think Outside T-shirt- $25.95

visit or contact the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.

Proceeds from your purchase of Ontario Parks merchandise are re-invested in provincial parks in Ontario. Gift certificates available.

You can also shop online at

Our Picnic Shelter!

Our Picnic Shelter is available to rent on a daily basis for groups up to 70 people. Rental fee is $75.00/ day which includes a large group BBQ. Portions of the rental fee are non-refundable if the reservation is cancelled. Regular Day Use permit fees apply per vehicle. The Picnic Shelter can be reserved for the up-coming season starting the last Friday in April. To reserve please e-mail, call or come to the main office to see Eve Rusaw, Senior Park Clerk at or 613-465-4324 ext. 221 or 227. If the shelter is not reserved (check the sign outside) feel free to use it.

Re ser vat ions

To make a campsite reservation at Presqu’ile or any other Ontario Provincial Park, please call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275), 7 am to 9 pm EST or visit 24 hours a day. Reservations can be made up to 5 months in advance. A non-refundable $13.00 (Call Centre) or $11.00 (Internet) fee applies. The same phone number and internet site can be used to cancel or change a reservation. A minimum $10.50 (Call Centre) or $8.50 (Internet) fee applies. Please note that campers who make reservations and subsequently cancel or shorten their length of stay before their arrival date will be refunded only a percentage of

the camping fees, depending on how long the reservation has been held. Campers shortening their length of stay after arriving at Presqu’ile will receive a 50% refund for any unused camping nights.

Non-R eservable Sites

The following campsites are first come first serve: Campground Campsite Series Maples 125-168 Lakeside 243-250 High Bluff 10-16


Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Spending the Day at Presqu’ile

More Visitor Information

Road Safety Many pedestrians, cyclists and in-line skaters use Presqu’ile’s roadways, so please drive with extreme caution and obey all of the signs and speed limits posted in the park. Bicycles and motorcycles must also be operated with care, and are not allowed on the walking trails or on the beach.

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Take a Walk on Presqu’ile’s Trails Bicycles are ONLY permitted on roads and paved pathways and the designated Bicycle Trail

K. Anderson

At the Beach The beaches at Presqu’ile are not supervised. Parents, children are your responsibility. Use the buddy system and never swim alone. Please respect the rights of other beach users by playing with Frisbees, etc. away from crowded areas and keeping all personal water craft (e.g. Seadoos) off the beach and out of the swimming area.

J. Alker The Jobes’ Woods Trail has reopened with all new boardwalks thanks to The Friends of Presqu’ile.

Marsh Boardwalk 1.2 km loop – Experience the wonders of

the marsh along an 800-metre barrier-free boardwalk featuring two observation towers and two teaching platforms.

Owen Point Trail 1.6 km loop – This sandy path is one of the best birding areas in Presqu’ile. Pets are not permitted on this trail.

Pioneer Trail 3.8 km loop – Follow the yellow arrows to enjoy a walk through forest, field and plantation.

Newcastle Trail 3.0 km loop – Orange arrows will guide you

Please do not pollute the water with soap or shampoo. Keep all glass containers, dogs and other pets off the beach.

through forest, field and plantation.

Picnic Areas Picnic tables, water taps and vault toilets are located in our day use areas, along the southern shore of the park.

Hours of Operation Only registered campers are allowed in a provincial park during the posted hours of closing: 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Campfires Fires are permitted in designated campsite fireplaces only, and are prohibited in the day use areas and on the beach.

Pay Telephones A public pay telephone is located at the Camp Office.

Lost and Found Please report any lost items and hand in any found items to one of our park offices. Boat Launching Visitors are encouraged to use the municipal boat launch, east of the park gate at the end of Ontario Street. Please respect the private property of area residents.

SHOULDER SEASON USE Fall, Winter and Spring

Self-Serve Fee Collection All vehicles in Presqu’ile Provincial Park must have a valid permit displayed on the dashboard at all times of the year. During the fall, winter and spring, park visitors are required to pay day use and camping fees at a self-serve fee collection station located at the Main Gate. Please follow the instructions as posted. Sorry, refunds are not available. Please be prepared to provide your own correct change.

Spring Camping High Bluff, Pines, Maples and Lakeside campgrounds, as well as electrical hook-ups, water and comfort stations, will be available for spring use beginning April 26, 2013.

Fall Camping Between Labour Day and October 14, 2014, five of Presqu’ile’s campgrounds are open for shoulder season use. All sites in High Bluff, Pines, Maples, Lakeside and Trail’s End campgrounds are reservable for the fall.

Controlled Waterfowl Hunt A controlled waterfowl hunt is operated at Presqu’ile each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from late September to late December. There is no early goose season in the park. Hunting is permitted only from designated blinds located in the Marsh and on High Bluff and Gull Islands. Please contact the Main Office for more information.

After October 14, 2014, electricity, water, and comfort stations are shut down and campgrounds are closed.

Lighthouse Foot Path 0.3 km loop – See Presqu’ile’s lighthouse and read about Presqu’ile’s history at interpretive panels along the way. This path also provides excellent birding opportunities during spring and fall migration. Jobes’ Woods Trail 1.0 km loop – Old growth forest, Black

Ash swamp, old field and pine plantation are some of the habitats you will discover.

Cemetery Trail 0.3 km – This short trail connects the cemetery interpretive panel at the Camp Office parking lot with the site of an abandoned Pioneer Cemetery. The site itself is marked by a commemorative granite boulder. Bicycle Trail

Cyclists are encouraged to use the Bicycle Trail which begins in the Owen Point Trail Parking Lot, runs through the campground and extends around the Lighthouse Lane – Paxton Dr. loop. While on the loop please stay in the designated lane on the right side of the road. This lane is S. Careless shared with pedestrians so give them the right of way. Also please use the trail beside the main road between the Park Store and the Camp Office. Bicycles are not allowed on any other walking trails. The law requires that all cyclists age 17 and under wear a helmet.

All Terrain Wheelchair

Cross-Country Skiing Newcastle, Pioneer and Jobes’ Woods Trails are available for cross-country skiing in the winter. The trails are not groomed, but coloured arrows are posted on trees to help you find your way. Parking is available at the lot across from the Group Camping entrance.

To assist those physically challenged enjoy our trails and beach a nonmechanized, All-Terrain Wheelchair is available for loan with a small refundable damage deposit. Enquire at the Main Gate.

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Silent Running The park is very excited to be receiving an all-electric car for park use in 2014. As part of the Ontario government’s Greening Government commitment, a few of these vehicles are being provided to field staff and Presqu’ile has been lucky enough to get one. A Nissan Leaf will be out and about in the park this year. Keep an eye open for it, because you won’t hear it coming. The Leaf joins one other electric vehicle in the park. Our Polaris Ranger EV (electric vehicle) uses an extremely quiet 48 volt AC electric motor and requires no fuel. It looks a bit like a glorified golf cart but works hard, being utilized daily as a maintenance vehicle throughout the campground. R. Varrin

Southern Invader

MNR Virginia Opossum were first seen in the park in 2013.

In last year’s Information Guide we told you about the many southern butterflies that had shown up at Presqu’ile for the first time ever in 2012. Finding new insects is noteworthy, but not that unusual as there are so many different types, most of which fly, that a couple of new ones are possible in any one year. To a lesser extent the same could be said for birds - flying creatures can cover a lot of ground. Now a new mammal for the park, that is something! 2013 brought us our first new mammal recorded for the park in years. Virginia Opossum were seen roaming in the park on a couple of summer nights by patrolling Park Wardens.

Nissan Leaf

Dog Clean-up

This mammal is at the northern edge of its range in southern Ontario. How far north they are found is often determined by the severity of the winter. They are decidedly scarce in Northumberland County, with very few records and none previously known from the park. A number of road-killed opossums were being seen on the highway outside of Brighton in fall 2012, so we knew they were around but had no idea if they would survive the winter of 2012-13. Well, apparently they did. In addition, tracks were seen in the park in December 2013, so they were still around then, but whether they made it through the decidedly severe winter of 2013-2014 is still to be determined. If you see one, let us know.

New at the Park From wildlife to infrastructure to silent cars there’s

Presqu’ile Hotel

At Presqu’ile we are proud of our history and one of our most famous features here in the past was the Presqu’ile Hotel. It operated from 1905 to 1971 and was the focal point of fun, recreation and commerce at Presqu’ile during that time. While many of our programs celebrate the hotel, dance pavilion, regatta, and other aspects of that era, we had no permanent display featuring the hotel. We do now. A new sign in our history series (red and blue signs) was erected in late fall 2013 at the only place in the park where you can see where the hotel stood – Calf Pasture Day Use Area. Swing by and check it out.

Dogs are part of the family and we expect to see them at the park with you. To ensure everyone enjoys their visit we only ask that they stay on a leash and that you pick up after them. To help to that latter end we have installed a number of dog-bag dispensers throughout the day use area for your convenience. These come courtesy of Tyler Brown from E.N.S.S. (local high school). His project on dog waste management won the 2013 Caring for our Watershed Contest. This win came with grant money to implement the project throughout the watershed, including here at Presqu’ile. Thanks Tyler!

A new sign featuring the Presqu’ile Hotel can be found at Calf Pasture.


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Jack Atkins Re-visited at the Lighthouse Centre

One of the Lighthouse Centre’s prime attractions is our manikin of Jack Atkins, who narrates two different video stories of Presqu’ile. These videos date from 2000 and 2004 and both have been updated. The scenes where “Jack” speaks, which used to be the manikin talking, were re-shot in October 2013, and now the narrator is a “live” person embedded in the videos. We were fortunate that both the original actor who played Jack (Paul Milando) and production manager and cameraman (Stu Beecroft) were available for this re-shoot. This new video is a stand-alone production that can be seen anywhere, at schools, libraries, or on the web. Jack, the manikin, remains to welcome you to the centre. Catch the show and tell us what you think. D. Bree

Presqu’ile road after the December 2013 ice storm

Actor Paul Milando as Jack Atkins on location shooting new video scene

in 2013 – 2014 a lot new to look out for at the park this summer.

Ice Storm Aftermath

The ice storm that hit southern and eastern Ontario on Dec. 20-22, 2013 did not leave Presqu’ile unscathed. Many trees and branches came down, severing hydro wires, and the loop road was left an icy block, that was closed for almost a month until safe enough to travel. By the time you read this the clean-up will be long over but you have no doubt noticed more trees and branches down around the park. While broken trees are a disturbing sight, the forest is resilient and downed wood is an important part of the forest ecology, providing habitat for a number of plants, fungi and animals and eventually putting nutrients back into the soil. Even catastrophic events can be part of nature’s circle of life.

Poison Ivy

Leaflets Three Let it Be!

One of the vernal pools along Jobes’ Woods Trail

Jobes’ Woods Trail Open Again!

After being closed for most of 2013 for boardwalk replacement, the Jobes’ Woods Trail re-opened in October, 2013 better than ever. The new boardwalks, provided by the skill, sweat and money of the Friends of Presqu’ile (see page 12 for story) are fantastic and provide unprecedented opportunities to explore our old growth forest and the many vernal pools it harbours. Thanks again to our Friends!

Learning to recognize Poison Ivy can save you from a lot of discomfort. Each leaf has three leaflets, the centre one with a longer stock. It tends to have shiny droopy looking leaves and can be a small plant or a vine. It doesn’t always have berries but when it does they are cream-coloured, waxy looking, and in very dense clusters close to the stem. All parts of the Poison Ivy vine plant contain oil that if it comes in contact with skin can result in a very itchy rash. This oil can be transmitted to you from shoes and pet’s fur (animals don’t get a rash). If you think you have come in contact with Poison Ivy, wash thoroughly with soap and water as soon as possible. Poison Ivy is a natural part of our ecosystem, providing food for animals and stabilizing soils in open areas. In general we leave it be in the park but if you see some on your campsite contact a park employee.

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Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD)

has been identified as a problem in our modern society, particularly among children. Individuals that do not have a connection with the natural world seem more prone to anxiety, depression and attention deficit problems and have difficulty relating well with other humans. Regularly visiting a Provincial Park can be a great for NDD, but then you already know that – you are here!


Discover Presqu’ile ...

Our Natural Heritage Education staff can help with you and your family’s connection to our natural (and cultural) heritage at Presqu’ile. So come and

At the Nature Centre

Get up close and personal to the live frogs, snakes, fish, monarch caterpillars and turtles that call the park home. Check out our new displays featuring the great diversity of life found in the park. Open daily between June 30 and September 2, 10 am to 4 pm.

At the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre

Discover the influence of Lake Ontario on Presqu’ile’s history through: our Jack Atkins’ video presentations; the ghostly retelling of the tragic Sinking of the Speedy; and numerous interactive displays. Open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. Open weekends in June, September and October until Thanksgiving, 10 am to 4 pm.

At an interpretive program

Daily programs are offered in July and August and weekend programs in June. These include: • Children’s and Toddler’s Activities • Campfires • Guided Walks • Evening Cultural and Natural History Presentations Weekly summer activity schedules are available at all camp offices and on bulletin boards throughout the park. If you would like a weekly schedule e-mailed to you, send a request to

Or on your own

Experience nature first hand with a visit to our Nature Centre.

K. Anderson

Pick up an interpretive pamphlet at the beginning of the Jobes’ Woods or Owen Point Trails. Work on the “Presqu’ile for Kids” history activity or nature activity handbooks. Visit the historical interpretive signs located at the Park Store, Lighthouse, Calf Pasture, Camp Office and throughout Brighton.

Spotlight on the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre P. Alker

The Presqu’ile Lighthouse is a regional icon that has been standing, and working, since 1840. The nearby Lighthouse Interpretive Centre (LIC) has not been around quite so long but a walk inside will bring you on a journey through time back to that era and others. The LIC is a tribute to Presqu’ile’s and Ontario’s marine heritage. Displays on the Lighthouse, nearby Murray Canal, Rum Runners of the 1920s and of course the wreck of our very own Speedy, are all inside.

D. Hamilton

The sinking of the Speedy in 1804, with the loss of all hands, was the death knell for the proposed town of Newcastle and sealed

Visit the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre open daily in July and August.

The Lighthouse centre features a large satellite map of the region.

Presqu’ile for Kids Interpreters are at the Lighthouse Centre to help with your exploration.

Presqu’ile fate – as a future park rather than a district capital. You can relive that fateful night as the ghosts of the past come back to tell their story in one of our multi-media presentations. Our other video displays, hosted by Jack Atkins, have been re-tooled new for 2014 and can be seen on request in the gallery (see page 21). At the LIC kids can try their hand at seamanship by learning and displaying their knot-tying ability. Successful candidates will receive their seaman certificate. They can also ask to have our Treasure Chest opened to see what treasures of the past await their discovery. The LIC also houses our art gallery and Friends’ Gift Shop and being situated at arguably the most scenic location in the park, is a great destination for the whole family, 7 days a week during July and August and weekends in spring and fall.

Nature and History Activity Handbook

Looking for something for your kids to do outside our regularly scheduled programs? Presqu’ile has two kids’ activity books, which children and their families can enjoy. The Presqu’ile for Kids Nature Activity Book features 40 pages of activities that will help you explore Presqu’ile’s diverse habitats. You can also join Simon the Sailor and become a Presqu’ile History Explorer with the Brighton and Presqu’ile for Kids History Activity Book. Inside are 24 pages of things to do and read that will help you explore Brighton’s and Presqu’ile’s past. Remember to attend our interpretive programs to collect the secret passwords. After completing a level, you can bring the

workbook to the Nature Centre, where you will receive a stamp and certificate. Also available is the Butterflies of Presqu’ile Interpretive Guide, full of neat facts about the park’s butterflies. It also has a colour guide of our common butterflies that kids can go out and look for. Bring your butterfly sightings to the Nature Centre to add to our data base. All three books can be purchased for $2.00 each at the Nature Centre and the Friends of Presqu’ile Lighthouse Gift Shop. Presqu’ile for Kids was developed by Ontario Parks in co-operation with the Friends of Presqu’ile, the Willow Beach Field Naturalists and the Remembering Speedy Committee.









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911 Our 911 address is 328 Presqu’ile Parkway, Brighton, Ontario K0K 1H0

Police .................................. Fire Dept ............................. Ambulance..........................

Park Office.................. 613-475-4324

(June July August) Park Warden contact number .......... 613-922-5403

Emergency Numbers

There are emergency telephones on Beach #1 and #3. When you lift the receiver on one of these telephones, an alarm sounds in the Park Office and our emergency response plan goes into effect.

Emergency Telephones

If a member of your group becomes lost, contact one of our staff immediately. If the lost person happens to be a child, have someone stay at the exact spot where the child was last seen, and someone else wait at the child’s campsite.

Lost Persons

First Aid kits are available from all Park Offices and vehicles. In the event that you suspect a drowning or require first aid, please approach any member of our staff. Most staff are trained in basic first aid and can offer assistance with minor cuts and scrapes.

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Presqu'ile Provincial Park 2014 Information Guide