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Presqu’ile 2018 Information Guide

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

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Presqu’ile Provincial Park


When one works at a single location for years, and looks back in time, it is sometimes difficult to remember in what year something occurred. There will be no trouble remembering 2017 and what it brought. Lake Ontario was at its highest level in recorded history. Presqu’ile has always been greatly influenced by the lake and with record-high levels there was little in the park not affected. Flooded beaches, eroding shorelines, and a 4-week closure of the park made the biggest impression on people, but nature is resilient and not all stories were negative. This guide, in addition to providing relevant information about the park in 2018, will take a look back at the extraordinary Year of High Water.

The boardwalk was flooded for much of the summer in 2017. Here volunteer marsh monitors make a crossing.

The Year of High Water Rising Waters


he year 2017 started out pretty typically, the most notable event being a rather warm Jan.-Feb. and a very cold March. At the time no one knew that the cold March was going to be one element in a perfect storm of conditions that led to our flooded park. With extensive ice cover on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, less water than normal was released over the Cornwall dam at the outlet of the lake. More water in the lake. Ice cover also means less evaporation and more water in the lake. April and particularly May had some very large rainfall events, adding more water flowing into the lake. Finally the snow pack north of us was fairly extensive and released into the rivers at about the same time as the rain hit, creating too much water in the lake. By early May the lake was 10 cm. higher than it ever had been since records started in 1918, and a full metre higher than average, and it stayed high until late July.

Impact on Infrastructure

All shoreline areas of the park were impacted by this high water. There was no beach, the Calf Pasture parking lot and the boardwalk were under water, as was the Owen Point trail. Owen Point itself was radically altered by wave action (see front cover). The Lighthouse parking lot was a large puddle every time

it rained or the waves crashed in from the south. Water was lapping at the base of the lighthouse itself. Because of the saturated soils, the park was closed from May 23rd to June 22nd to prevent damage.

Impact on Nature

The flood was certainly an expense and inconvenience to us, but what about nature? Presqu’ile is born of the lake, a

tombolo of sand and gravel connecting two offshore islands, and for thousands of years has had to deal with all kinds of water issues – low water, drought, big waves, even record high water. Nature usually has a way of balancing out extreme natural events and this year was no exception. The record high water resulted in losers, but also winners. Some of the losers included Piping Plovers. The year 2016 saw this endangered species nesting at the park

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C ove r P hoto s D . B r e e • Flooded Owen Pt, Aug. 2017 • Flooded Beach, July 2017 • L esser Yellowlegs enjoying the wet beach, July 2017

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Waves pound bluffs where swallows normally nest.


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Flooded beach June 7, 2017. Debris left on road from high waves May, 2017.

for the first time in 100 years. Last year with no beach, no plovers. (see page 20 for an update on the 2016 Presqu’ile Plovers). By contrast, the flooded beach in July was a great attraction to longlegged southward migrating shorebirds. We have never had so many Lesser Yellowlegs and Stilt Sandpipers on our “beach”. We also usually have a small breeding colony of Bank and Roughwinged Swallows, both declining species, in the day use area. They dig nests into the small lake-side bluffs. This year those bluffs were repeatedly pummeled by waves and actually eroded back a couple of feet in some areas. It

would have been suicide trying to nest there and our swallows didn’t even try. The high water in the pannes for such an extended period of time seems to have killed a number of the cedars growing there. But the pannes (low open areas between sand dunes) are our most globally significant habitat, with many unique herbaceous plants. They were filling in with trees, so having these thinned out was not such a bad thing for the overall health of a unique habitat. And speaking of the pannes, all that extra water resulted in a banner year for frog and aquatic insect production. Frogs use the temporary pools to breed

Flooded Lighthouse parking lot May 6, 2017.

Soggy campground damage May, 2017.

in and if they dry up too soon (and they usually do dry up by July), the tadpoles can’t change into frogs in time and die. No worries this year, and with lots of tadpoles, many turtles made the trek from marsh to panne to feed. All those aquatic insects were also an abundant food source for many nesting birds. And the abundant rain in spring also meant lush plant growth, good for more insects and birds again.


o was our record high water a bad thing? Depends whom you ask. Campers who lost their campsites didn’t enjoy it but in the natural world there were

both winners and losers. This illustrates the need to preserve a whole range of habitats across the whole province. With no beach here last year, we need quiet beaches inland were Piping Plovers can go. It is important to preserve and promote a wide-ranging robust ecosystem. This allows nature to roll with the punches in extreme years and gives this year’s losers the means to recover down the road. That means protecting habitats in our parks but also being good stewards of the land elsewhere, as parks aren’t big enough to do the job on their own. If we do that we will all be in good shape come the next year of high water.

Flooded Lighthouse parking lot.

Pumping down woodyard marsh June 7, 2017.

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Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Our Shoreline

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.


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.

Superintendent’s Message

Welcome to Presqu’ile Provincial Park for the 2018 operating season.

This season will be very interesting! Last year threw the park a major curve ball with the notorious flood of 2017. Many areas of the park have changed considerably due to the flood. The beach has collected a large amount of sand and seems to have expanded. The area near the Lighthouse has changed dramatically along the shoreline. I urge you when you visit Presqu’ile to explore these areas and view the power of nature. The flood was an amazing example of how landforms and geography can change quickly and dramatically. The Park Office also flooded and had to be evacuated in the middle of last summer. This was quite the challenge and the park staff handled it magnificently. A new office will be hopefully be built in the near future. Planning and pre-construction activities are currently underway. Despite these challenges, we completed quite a few projects in 2017 and early 2018 which will contribute to your enjoyment of the park. We have built a new set of vault toilets in the Beach One parking lot. We also completed a much-needed renovation to the vault toilets near campsite 397 in Trails’ End. The Park is particularly excited about the paving of the bicycle path from the Park Store to the Camp Office. We hope cyclists and visitors will walk along this path instead of travelling along the road on the dangerous curve. The park also completed two new Roofed Accommodation projects to enhance visitors’ experience and provide alternative camping options. Our Minka Tent, on campsite 12 in High Bluff, and our Exploration Tent, located on campsite 155 in Maples, have been very popular additions to Presqu’ile. Ensure during your visit that you take in all that Presqu’ile has to offer. Our staff members at the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre & Nature Centre are ready to answer all of your questions, and our interpretive programs are second to none. Enjoy a hike on one of our many walking trails or a swim at the beach. You can finish off your busy day with an ice cream at our Park Store. The Friends of Presqu’ile have continued their great work of rebuilding and renewing the boardwalk sections of our trails. I urge all of our visitors to hike the trails and experience first-hand 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. Should you wish to learn more about the Friends of Presqu’ile, or if you would like to be involved, please feel free to contact them (see pg. 15 for details). The park is also hopeful that the piping plovers will return during the spring of 2018. Should the birds return, the Plover Monitor Program will be in need of volunteers to help protect this endangered species. If you would like to help out with this exciting program, please speak to a park naturalist. Presqu’ile Park offers an excellent family environment and I truly hope you enjoy your stay. Please also take some time to enjoy the town of Brighton, the local area, and the many shops and services available, as this will enhance your visit to Presqu’ile. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the Park Office. Enjoy your stay! Sincerely Rob Cunningham, Park Superintendent Presqu’ile and Ferris Provincial Parks

Propane Cylinders and Beyond • WHITE boxes on the side of the big garbage containers take BATTERIES. • BROWN containers take everything else as GARBAGE.

Here’s what not to do

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.


K. Anderson

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.

Semipalmated Plovers are a common sight on Presqu’ile’s beach during migration.


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. • BLUE barrels, boxes and cages are for RECYCLABLES – METAL, GLASS, and PLASTIC. • ORANGE cages are specifically for PROPANE CYLINDERS. • GREEN boxes are for RETURNABLE beverage bottles.

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

D. Chernoff

American Bittern

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. 232 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 HaliburtonKawartha-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 BarrierFree Sites. The Marsh Boardwalk, Nature Centre and Lighthouse Interpretive Centre are also wheelchair accessible. An AllTerrain Wheelchair is available for loan at the Main Gate. A new accessible boardwalk has been built from the Beach 1 NEW parking area onto the beach. 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. Now expanded to two lanes. 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 # 613-243-0040 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 Two washers ($2) and two dryers ($2.50) are available at Maples Comfort Station. 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 a vehicle in an area not designated as a parking area • Fail to display permit on a parked 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.

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Camper Etiquette Consider your neighbours and the environment during your stay Please Respect 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. Also don’t cross other people’s campsites, it is their home away from home, and doing so is disrespectful.

Top 5 List of Things Others Do That Upset Campers 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. 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.

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Ticks and Lyme Disease Do ticks and Lyme disease make you wary of going outdoors this summer? By being aware of ticks and understanding the role they play in spreading Lyme disease you are taking the first step necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones. There are many different species of ticks and not all of them carry Lyme disease. The most common tick you may encounter is the American Dog Tick, which does not carry the disease. The only tick that carries Lyme disease in Ontario is the Blacklegged (or Deer) Tick Ixodes scapularis. Both ticks can be found in wooded areas or tall grass habitats. Ticks feed slowly, and an infected tick must feed on you for at least 24 hours in order to infect you with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. If you become infected from a tick bite, symptoms usually begin within 1 - 2 weeks, but can take as long as one month to begin. The “classic” symptom is a bulls-eye rash that can develop anywhere on the body; however, this rash may not occur in all cases. Early symptoms of Lyme disease can include flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiff neck, jaw pain, and sore muscles. If untreated, problems with the heart, nervous system, and joints can occur months or years later. Lyme disease is easily treated in the early stages so seek medical attention if you feel unwell. When you are out in tick habitat you can better protect yourself by taking a few precautions: 1) Wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks. 2) Wear light-coloured clothing so you can detect ticks before they attach.

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.

Found a Tick? DO - Use fine point tweezers - Grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible - Gently pull straight out - Disinfect the bite area - Save tick (alive if possible) in a jar, with a piece of wet paper towel for identification and potential testing. Take your tick to any staff member. They will direct you to the local Health Unit - Watch for symptoms and seek medical attention if you feel unwell or if you cannot safely remove the tick

DON’T - Grasp around bloated belly - Use a match, heat or chemicals - Twist when pulling out the tick.

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. By following these simple suggestions you can have a safe and enjoyable time exploring Presqu’ile. For more information please consult the following Ontario Government webpage and its associated links:

Pooch Patrol

The fact that you have your dog or cat with you is evidence that you sincerely care about the welfare of your pet. However, pets and people can create concerns for each other in a park setting. In the interest of all park visitors, all domestic animals must be kept under

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. 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.


Please keep your dog on a leash in the park.

Blacklegged tick with a penny for scale

control and secured on a leash not exceeding two metres (six feet). If caught running loose, your pet may be impounded and you may be fined. Domestic animals are not allowed in any swimming area or on any beach at any time of the year. During the summer months, most park visitors are faithful to this rule. However, park staff have noted that dog owners are less inclined to leash their pets or stay off the beach during the spring, fall and winter. From a wildlife perspective it is even more important to leash your dog during these seasons. Shorebirds that are resting and feeding along Presqu’ile’s shoreline are particularly sensitive to dogs. Any disturbance such as a dog running loose can impair their ability to migrate and breed successfully. Please do not permit your pet to make excessive noise or disturb other persons. Your pet should not be left unattended at any time and when taking it for a walk, ensure your pet is secured on a leash. Also remember the ‘stoop and scoop’ policy to help keep the park clean and enjoyable for everyone. Always exhibit the qualities of a good pet owner and obey all park rules D. Davis concerning pets.

Leaf lets Three Let it Be! 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 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.

Poison Ivy


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Brighton Digital Archives

Points of Interest

Preserving Brighton’s history

one image at a time.

Northumberland Tourism

Do you have old photos of the Park you would like to

Ferris Provincial Park

share with our Archive? We will scan them and return

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 original to you. A great way to share items of historical interest, locally and worldwide at

Brighton For more information contact 613.475.1323 or 613.475.4427 Digital Archives

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

Supported by

Croquet and Lawn Bowling


Proctor House Museum and Barn Theatre

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Croquet and lawn bowling

The Brighton Lawn Bowling and Croquet 1 Club invites Presqu’ile campers to join us




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for a round of croquet or bowls. All levels welcome, age 12 and up. Take advantage of our special family rate for visitors to Brighton – $12 (up to 4 players), $5“and singles. Monday evenings in delete No equipment needed, just bring yourself. Tuesday”

the heart of Brighton “It’s great fun for all ages,”

says club

The Brighton Lawn Bowling Croquet invites president Don Oakley. “Itand also givesClub campers Presqu’ile campers to join us for a round of croquet or a bowls. chance to enjoy more of and what All levels welcome, age 12 up. Brighton Take has to offer. Come early and outtothe advantage of our special family ratecheck for visitors Brighton $12 (upSt.. to 4 Afterward, players), $5 singles. Nograb shops on– Main maybe equipment needed, just bring yourself. an“It’s icegreat cream, coffee or dinner in town.” fun for all ages,” says club president Don Oakley. “It also gives campers a chanceat to enjoy more Croquet is played Mondays 6 p.m., of what Brighton has to offer. Come early and check plus introduction to bowling. The clubhouse out the shops on Main St.. Afterward, maybe grab an isice just behind Memorial cream, coffeethe or dinner in town.”Park gazebo is played Mondaysthe at 6 CIBC p.m., plus introducoff Croquet Main St., between and the tion to bowling. The clubhouse is just behind the Beer Store, with plenty of free parking Memorial Park gazebo off Main St., between the CIBC beside to playing and theSobeys. Beer Store,We withlook plentyforward of free parking beside Sobeys. We look forward to playing with you. with you.

This 19th century mansion on a hill overlooking the Town of Brighton and Coupon only: Lake Ontario was once the all text home of a wealthy shipping converted magnate. The interior of the to outlines 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.

Come roll with us Our lawn bowling club, with deep and storied roots in Brighton, has produced several provincial champions. In croquet, we boast an international champion. Great traditions. Great players. Come learn from the best.


per session, equipment and instruction provided

Brighton Lawn Bowling & Croquet Club

Downtown Brighton, across from the Beer Store Special family rate for visitors to Brighton


Croquet Mondays @ 6 p.m. plus bowls for beginners throughout July and August

Drop by for a chat, or call Don 613-475-3541 for info and other play times Registration @ 5:45 p.m. Casual dress, but please wear flat shoes to protect the greens

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.

North Beach and Sandbanks Provincial Parks Your day use or camping permit is good for entry into our sister parks. These two Prince Edward County parks have great beaches and are 40 minute and 70 minute drives away respectively. Explore Ontario Parks on this our 125th anniversary.

Celebrate Celebrate with us!

with us!

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Sponsors of the Friends of Presqu’ile


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Come spend the day with us! Open rain or shine. 125 Stores & Services . 5 Restaurants . Cineplex . LCBO Chapters . Eddie Bauer . Starbucks . Sport Chek Toys R Us . Shoppers Drug Mart

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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.

Brighton Applefest SEPTEMBER 27–30, 2018 • S T RE E T Fa iR • PaR ad E • CaR S ho w • FRE E Chi l d RE n’S Vi l l ag E • a nd M o RE

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Featuring the work of over 130 of Eastern Ontario’s finest Artisans and Crafters

November 3, 4, 7, 10, and 11 10 am to 4 pm TEA ROOM - Desserts only Meet our Signature Artists at The Lighthouse Art Gallery (10 am to 5 pm) Free entry to the Park and the Show 613 475 1688

For more information on Christmas at Presqu’ile see page 12

T h i s p u b l i c at i o n is made possible w i t h t h e pa r t i c i pat i o n of local businesses a n d o r g a n i z at i o n s .

Ple ase Show y o u r a pp r e c i at i o n by giving them y o u r s u pp o r t.

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Come, meet with friends, and enjoy our

lunchtime BBQs

every Saturday, from Canada Day weekend until Labour Day weekend. Photo: S Sinclair

From 11:00 am until 1:30 pm

HAMBURGERS, SAUSAGES, HOT DOGS, PEAMEAL BACON, … and much more. You will find us in the Campground area at Presqu’ile Park, between the Amphitheatre and the parking lot, beside the lake.

All proceeds from our fund-raising BBQs will go towards The Friends’ programs in the Park. Telephone 613 475 1688

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The Friends of Presqu’ile Park


The Friends of Presqu’ile Park W HER E PEOPLE A N D NAT U R E I N T E R AC T


UR Mission is to enhance the educational opportunities for park users, to provide volunteer assistance for park activities, to provide funding for selected projects, and to promote the objectives of the park and the Friends in the local area. As the articles and photos on these pages demonstrate, The Friends of Presqu’ile have indeed been very busy enhancing the park experience for everyone. We have two priority areas – Education and Environmental responsibility. You can see the success of our education programs in the faces of the delighted youngsters enjoying the Kids N Nature Camps or one of the many School Visits provided by the interpreters hired by the Friends. We have a dedicated cadre of volunteers who help with programs of environmental stewardship – removing invasive species, planting trees, monitoring our trails and supporting the Natural Heritage Education Program. Scientists working on important research to preserve species at risk, appreciate our financial support. You will see more details on these pages. How do we accomplish this? Well, in addition to the 10,000 Volunteer hours we devote to the Park; we also must raise the funds necessary to make this all happen. As a registered charity, we solicit donations and government grants. We encourage like-minded individuals to become members – at $20.00 a household, it is a great bargain! Our biggest sources of revenue are our special fundraising activities and events. Our Christmas @ Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show and the Lighthouse Gift Shop are our two biggest sources of funds. We also have Raffles and Barbecues throughout the season. Details about these activities are shown on these pages. We urge you to show your support by donating, participating and joining – become a friend of The Friends! To learn more about us, visit our website Enjoy your visit in the Park, there is so much to see and do.

J. Beverlie Cook, Chair The Friends of Presqu’ile Park

Who are the Friends?

We are volunteers dedicated to the preservation and protection of the park for future generations to enjoy. We support the mission of Ontario Parks and add value through the following activities:

What We Do M. Barker


Fund education staffing and the Kids ’n Nature program

N. Sutton

Tree planting and invasive plant removal Fund research and special projects

We need you – You can make a difference!

Fundraising – Lighthouse Gift Shop, BBQ’s, raffles, Christmas at Presqu’ile, grants

J. Cockburn

Trail monitoring and maintenance

J. Cockburn

Boardwalk and viewing platform building Support special events

• Become a member of the Friends • Actively volunteer as a trail monitor, fundraiser, builder, interpreter, committee member or board member • Help our fundraising efforts by buying a raffle ticket, making a donation or shopping at the Lighthouse Gift Shop or Christmas at Presqu’ile

Keep in touch at

27th Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show

The Friends of Presqu’ile’s main annual fundraiser, Christmas at Presqu’ile, is now over for 2017. Once again it has proven to be a tremendous success in providing support for educational and environmental park projects. Yet our tireless volunteer committee has begun even now to prepare for the 2018 show! It has met already to review the 2017

experience, and to entertain suggestions for further improving the event. As artisan submissions for 2018 begin to arrive, they undergo a careful jurying process to ensure adherence to expected standards of quality. Late in September park employees remove the normal displays from the Nature Centre so that our volunteers can bring in the furniture required to showcase the creations of over 150 artisans. 2018 will be our 27th year as a juried arts and crafts show. As our many return customers already know, Christmas at Presqu’ile takes place in three separate venues. The Nature Centre becomes the Christmas House; Stonehedge cottage becomes the Tea Room (known for our delicious cider and rum cake); and the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre is transformed into an art gallery that

features the work of professional artists. Approximately three weeks before the opening, committee members oversee three days of intake during which approved vendors deliver their creations to the Christmas House. The seven committee members plus four other volunteers then spend four or five days setting up the crafts in the many rooms of the Christmas House - a process that generates growing excitement as we realize that the show will soon begin! In all, approximately 250 volunteers donate their time and effort to make the show a success. Duties such as organizing draw prizes, selling raffle tickets, assisting visitors during the show, directing customers to allotted car parking areas, and serving in the Tea Room are all indispensable to the smooth running and eventual success of the show. Nor can we

overlook the generosity of our artisans, many of whom donate items as prizes for the lucky customers who have purchased winning raffle tickets. If you have not yet attended Christmas at Presqu’ile, we urge you to join our large number of return customers who every year find unique, quality Christmas gifts for the whole family. It will be held this year on November 3, 4, 7, 10 and 11. See you there! FREE entry to Presqu’ile Provincial Park and to the show. FREE parking.

Need more information?

Contact us by e-mail at,, or call 613 475 1688.

See ad on page 11


The Friends of Presqu’ile Park

Kids ’n Nature J. McClintock

School Group Program

Are you an educator? Do you lead a homeschool group? Are you looking for ways to connect your students with nature? The Friends’ of Presqu’ile offer FREE spring and fall Kids ’n Nature school programs for students in JK to Gr. 7. Our school programs include two components, an in-class visit and a park visit. Groups can choose to do either or both. Curriculum based programs are designed to connect students with nature through Presqu’ile’s five unique habitats on topics such as growth and changes in animals and plants, biodiversity and interactions in the environment. For more information or to sign up, please visit

Teacher’s comments about our 2017 program: “Leader did a fantastic job delivering an age-appropriate, interactive, and dynamic presentation!” “Leaders were energetic, and engaging in their approach to the children. From the moment they walked into the room, they invited conversation and inquiry. The presented a quick paced program with information, active games, and artifacts for the children to look at. They alternated from active games to quiet listening activities with lots of engaging visuals. The provided information that the children could make connections to and in language the children could understand.”

Kids ‘n Nature Camp with tern researchers.

C. Birch

Summer Day Camp

Kids ’n Nature camp is a one of a kind outdoor camp offered by the Friends’ of Presqu’ile. For five days, campers visit the park daily arriving in a school bus from Brighton to explore different centres and habitats and engage in various outdoor activities, including three beach afternoons. Four camps are offered during the months of July and August, each with different themes. All camps are centered on park-specific habitats and history and apply play-based learning to engage kids with nature. For theme descriptions and dates, see below. Camps are offered for kids ages 8-11. Cost is $130 per week per camper. Spaces are limited so sign up today! Register and pay online at: July 16-20: Presqu’ile Jones and the Missing Treasures Have you ever wondered what Presqu’ile was like before it became a Park? Travel back in time with us to meet Presqu’ile’s very own pirate, alleged rum runners, and settlers; learn about the sinking of the Speedy and uncover clues leading to our missing treasures. July 30-August 2: Wildlife Zootopia Did you know that there are five distinctive habitats in Presqu’ile and each has different ecology, plants and animals? Very few animals can live in all five habitats and some animals

C. Birch

Hello, my name is Katelyn Fletcher.

I am 13yrs old and I have been going to the Kids ’n Nature Camp since I was 8. The Presqu’ile Kids’n Nature Camp is a great experience and there are so many fun things to do. We make many crafts such as beaded lizards or bracelets. There are amazing places to visit such as the Lighthouse and do hikes and walks everyday to see these amazing places. Every week we get to go to the beach. I enjoy jumping the waves, making sand castles and burying a friend from head to toe. We even play frisbee! My favourite part of the camp is the Camp Counsellours. They are amazing in every which way, they are very nice and funny and make the camp the best! I enjoy the camp so much that one day I hope to become a Presqu’ile Kids’n Nature Camp Counsellor.

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C. Birch

are able to do some extraordinary things to help them survive. Join us this week to look for animals in the park, and to find out which animals cooperate or compete with each other. Aug 13-17: Adventures Back in Time Every good story must start somewhere, and ours started 450 million years ago during the Ordovician period. Older than the dinosaurs, our park offers much loved fossils, and many interesting tales surrounding our lake. Campers will get the opportunity to explore the many historical events that took place at Presqu’ile and participate in activities such as pirate training, a rum running course and the running of the Presqu’ile hotel. Aug 20-24: Mission: Migration Fall will soon be upon us, and while some animals stay, others start travelling to warmer climates to over winter. Have you ever wondered how migratory animals know where to go and how to get there? Campers will get the chance to uncover the techniques and secrets behind animal migration. Comments from parents about our 2017 camps: “Truly amazing camp. The kids where kept busy all day. They brought new information they learned home every day. The camp was very organized. They can’t wait for next summer!!” “Nice use of guest speakers, variety of activities, a lot of attention given to the students, obvious preparation, highly motivated group leader.” “All people involved in the camp are amazing. My girls felt comfortable the whole week. My girls had nothing but great things to say.” New for 2018: LINC: Leadership in Nature Camp for 12 to 14 year olds July 9-13: Biodiversity Bonanza Are you too old for our day camps, but still want to enjoy the outdoors with your peers? Do you want to learn more about nature conservation, and increase your leadership skills? Join us to discover why biodiversity is important and how its preservation affects humans, while practicing teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership skills. This is a perfect introduction to being a volunteer at one of our other camps. Cost is $130 per week per camper. Register and pay online at: Volunteers Wanted! Are you 12 or older and want to volunteer at our camps for younger kids? We are looking for responsible youth who want to share their leadership skills and enthusiasm for nature. Apply on our website to participate. Spaces are limited.

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The Friends of Presqu’ile Park

Have you found us? The Friends’ Lighthouse Gift Shop


Friends in Action

Photos: M. Barker

D. Bree

The Lighthouse Gift Shop located in the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre has been the “face” of our Organization for many years and continues to be a major source of revenue for the Friends of Presqu’ile. When you drop in you will find Friends’ publications, a wide range of clothing, nature books, patches and pins, games and puzzles, jewellery, binoculars, cards, local artists prints and paintings and many more useful and surprising gifts. The Friends’ Gift Shop is staffed by a group of dedicated and knowledgeable students and volunteers who are anxious to meet you.

Have fun in the Park

Volunteering makes a difference

The Friends support educational and environmental projects in Presqu’ile Park – average spend in recent years is about $60,000. We raise these funds through a number of activities such as The Friends’ Lighthouse Gift Shop, Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show, and our BBQs. We are totally run by volunteers who help with these activities, programs and projects within the Park, and committees. Volunteering is a great way to be involved and provides many opportunities to meet new and interesting people. Some activities require only a couple of hours, once or twice a year; others ask more of your time. Your involvement is up to you. If you would like to help in any way, please call me, Nancy Sutton, Volunteer Coordinator, at 613 475 9817 (answerphone) and leave your message – I will get back to you. Give a little, gain a lot.

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

OPEN I NG HOU R S WINTER and SPRING: During Waterfowl Weekend and Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend and every weekend during June, from 10 AM to 4PM, and otherwise by appointment. Call 613-475-1688 for further information. SUMMER: 7 days a week, from Canada Day weekend until Labour Day weekend, from 10AM 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 10AM to 5 PM. Each year over 20,000 people visit the Interpretive Centre and the Gift Shop to purchase goods, renew memberships, make donations, obtain information about the Park and the local Community, and of course, learn about The Friends and its activities. Be sure to drop in! 100% OF PROCEEDS of the Friends’ Gift Shop sales remains in Presqu’ile Park to further The Friends’ Educational objectives.

Presqu’ile’s tree nursery is a unique feature of the park. Park staff collects the seeds of native species in the fall and plant them in the nursery. All reforestation in the park is done using these saplings.

Staff and volunteers tried to plant 3000 saplings last fall. Park staff would have planted them in the spring, but the park was under water.

Volunteers and staff worked to eliminate Buckthorn growth in the camping area and around the edge of Jobes’ trail.

Buckthorn is an invasive shrub, which is slowly taking over areas of the park and preventing native species of trees from growing.

Are you looking at making a donation to The Friends? Some useful information from David Crouch, Treasurer, The Friends of Presqu’ile Park


If you are considering making a • There are provisions for taxpayers with large incomes (over $200,000) to receive donation, please take note of the additional credits for charitable donations. following: • The Friends of Presqu’ile Park is a registe­ red charity and will issue receipts for all donations over $10 or on request.

• There is a special provision for a taxpayer making a charitable donation for the very first time.

• A donation can only be claimed if a taxpayer has taxable income. However it may be carried forward for up to 5 yrs.

Before making a large charitable donation to The Friends, or any other charity, you should consult with your tax/financial advisors.

• In Ontario, a donation might result in tax savings from 20.05% of the amount of the donation up to 40.16% if the total donations exceed $200.

Remember, for a charitable donation to be claimed on a tax return for 2018, it must be received by the charity before December 31, 2018.

FR EE WiFi The Lighthouse Interpretive Centre


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 provide a free service for campers and Park visitors. The FREE WiFi hotspot is available in the area of the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre (LIC).

30 metres to the front of the building. Visitors and staff are able to log on while sat outside on the picnic benches.

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

with us!

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

Celebrate with us!


The Friends of Presqu’ile Park

Janine McClintock S. Sinclair

Volunteer of the Year

Each year, we honour our Volunteer of the Year with the presentation of the John Cole Award. For 2017, the award was presented to Janine McClintock. Janine’s devotion to Presqu’ile Park began when she accepted a summer contract as the park naturalist. That led to a six year involvement with the Natural Heritage Education program. After Janine left this role to become a teacher; her commitment to the Park continued in a volunteer role. Janine was an advisor for the development of the Kids ‘n Nature School Program and Kids N Nature Camp. She took over the camp program during its second year. From modest beginnings with 40 youngsters attending two camps, to today’s four camps for over 120 children; Janine has devoted countless hours to ensuring the staff are hired and trained, promotion is carried out and the curriculum remains current. She has also grown the School Program to one where demand outstrips available dates. In addition, Janine is a valuable member of the Communications Committee and runs the Sunday School Program at her church. A busy supply teacher and mother of three, Janine is always willing to give back to the Park and her community. Congratulations Janine, The Friends of Presqu’ile are grateful for your contributions.

R. Collins

Fred Helleiner

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As we look to the future, our 25th Anniversary Environmental Fund will help provide funding Since establishing this fund, a number of new environmental initiatives and research projects have become evident. As a result, in 2015, The Friends allocated an additional $25,000 from our General Fund to the Environmental Fund, demonstrating our commitment that will ensure an ongoing cash flow from donations and investment income for these long-term activities. This also ensures that, as a Charity, we are providing appropriate governance and management of our assets and of donors’ contributions. One of the important learning points is the way in which we can leverage the monies for projects when applying for grants where our contribution in cash and volunteer hours generates an equivalent amount of grant. This process has allowed for the clearing of the invasive Scots Pine from the Panne areas to be achieved in two years rather than in the projected five. During the third Commission of the Park, from 1934 to 1943, and before it became a Provincial Park in 1954, 10,000 evergreens were planted each spring in other areas of the Park. Many of these mature trees now need thinning to allow light to the forest floor encouraging native deciduous trees to regenerate. The ability of the Park to manage long-term environment preservation is limited because the short-term demands on Park budgets. Education, heritage programs, fauna and flora preservation and renewal are all just as important and as demanding.

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 to our Environmental Fund. 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 Friends’ Gift Shop at the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre, or visit

Support The Friends of Presqu’ile – make a purchase at The Friends’ Lighthouse Gift Shop – have lunch at one of our summer Saturday BBQs.

See what the future holds

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

The Friends of Presqu’ile Park PO Box 1442 Brighton ON K0K 1H0

Telephone: 613 475 1688 R. Collins


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

Enjoy the Park, join The Friends of Presqu’ile The Friends of Presqu’ile 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. 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.

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. 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.


Fred Helleiner’s Birding Reports are posted every week on our website.

The fee for Family Membership of The Friends is $20. Membership will be valid until December 31, 2018, 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 ..................................................................................................................................................

The Friends of Presqu’ile Park BOA R D OF DI R ECTOR S John Cockburn Bev Cook, Chair David Crouch, Treasurer Tim Lawley Janine McClintock Phil McRae, Vice Chair Doug Zinnicker

.................................................................................. Town/City....................................................................... Province/State .......................................................... Postal Code ................................................................... Telephone.................................................................. e-mail Address............................................................... All correspondence will be via e-mail, unless you elect hardcopy by checking the box [ ]. Please make your cheque payable to The Friends of Presqu’ile Park. T h a nk yo u fo r yo u r s u p p o r t of t he Fr i e n d s .

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RENT A YELLOW PICNIC TABLE If you need a second picnic table for your campsite for day visitors, an extra table for cooking, etc., please come up to the Campground Office or Gatehouse to rent a table for $10.00 a day and $5.00 for delivery. An Ontario Park staff employee would be happy to deliver the yellow picnic table to your campsite.

CONGRATULATIONS 2017 BURSARY WINNERS This year, The Friends of Presqu’ile Park launched an annual bursary program to recognize the efforts of the fine young people who work as summer student employees in Presqu’ile Park. We received many examples of extraordinary dedication and stellar customer service from the nominations. We are so very proud of our winners.

Career Bursary

The Friends invited student employees to apply for our new $1,000. Career Bursary if they were following a course of study at the post-secondary level that might lead to a career in the Parks system. Congratulations go to Alyson (Aly) Morris, one of our student Park Wardens. Aly is starting second year in Biological Sciences at Liberty University in Virginia. Aly has

a definite career plan in mind – she will bring her research and conservation skills into play as a Park Biologist and hopefully, one day, as a Park Superintendent. Aly has demonstrated solid academic achievements and has excellent leadership skills, a strong work ethic, is a team player willing to lend a hand wherever needed according to her supervisors. Well done, Aly!

Student Bursary

The second Bursary program awarded four $500.00 bursaries to deserving students in each of the four Park staff areas. Students could be nominated by the public, their peers or a supervisor for demonstrating skills and actions to improve the park experience. We received many nominations for each department, making the job a difficult one for the Awards Committee.

Mara receiving her award from Rob Cunningham, Park Superintendent and Rachel Windsor, Acting Assistant Park Superintendent Kristen Wierda

Mara Van Meer of the Nature Centre staff received two nominations from members of the public. They noted her enthusiasm and patience dealing with young visitors. She manages to make learning fun! Mara is off to Sir Sanford Fleming College to study Eco Systems Management this fall. Sinead outside the Park Office

Aly receiving her award from Bev Cook, Chair of the Friends and Rob Cunningham, Park Superintendent

Kristen Wierda is our winner for the store. This remarkable young woman has completed her undergraduate degree in Bio Science and starts her doctoral studies in Pharmacy this fall. According to her supervisor, Kristen is a great leader and role model for new staff. Her dedication to getting the job done right is highly valued by all.

F riends of P resqu ’ ile P ark

S tudent B ursary N omination F orm You can help a deserving student working in Presqu’ile Park and all it will cost is a few minutes of your time.

Gate employee, Sinead Gibson, also caught the eye of a member of the public who was so impressed with her warm welcome back greetings and efficient check in services. She has been called one of the Park’s best employee investments! According to one supervisor, she has also managed to handle difficult situations with aplomb. Sinead will begin her studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Guelph this fall. Quinley Nichols

As part of the Friends of Presqu’ile’s continuing focus on education we have instituted a number of student bursaries. A student can only qualify for these if they are nominated by someone else. That’s where you come in. We are looking for nominations for these bursaries to reward the efforts of our hardworking student staff and help further their educational goals. All we need from you is: Student Name ..................................................................................................................................... Nominator Name ............................................................................................................................... Nominator Phone Number ................................................................................................................. Why you are recommending this student ................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... This completed form can be submitted at either the Park Office or the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre (additional forms can be picked up at the Visitor Centres and Gatehouses)

Quinley Nichols of the Maintenance department is heading off to Ryerson for her second year of studies in Bio-mechanical Engineering. Her supervisors were very impressed with her selflessness and her willingness to help anyone who needed it. Quinley happily took on any task, eager to learn everything about the department. The Friends of Presqu’ile Park wish all of our winners a very successful year and we look forward to welcoming them back next season. Photos: T. Cook


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Alderville First Nations – a Short History

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Presqu’ile Point L ighthouse Preservation Society P.O. Box 962, Brighton, ON K0K 1H0 |

The annual Alderville Pow-Wow is held in June every year.

Presquile Provincial Park is situated in the Williams Treaties (1923) area of the Mississauga and Chippewa First Nations. Alderville First Nation, being one of the Mississauga signatories of the Treaties has entered into a relationship with the park where it is the intention to share the history of the First Nation with the park and its visitors. Today the Alderville First Nation is situated in Alnwick Township within the County of Northumberland located in Southern Ontario. Alderville consists of approximately 3000 acres of land and hosts 200 households with a total membership of 1100, living on and off reserve land. Prior to moving to Alnwick Township in 1835 - 1837, the First Nation commu­ nity lived on Grape Island in the Bay of Quinte. During the short 11 year stay on the island, the Methodist Missionaries came and converted many of the members to Christianity. They also began a program of farming and a sedentary way of life, as opposed to the traditional nomadic way of living off the land. The island because of its small size, approximately 11 acres, was found to be too small to make farming feasible; hence the move to a larger land base which would allow for farming, although farming soon petered out. Alderville is governed by an elected Chief and Council, one Chief and four Council members; also our community is a member of a provincial tribal organization, The Union of Ontario Indians and a more local Tribal Council, the Ogemewahj Tribal Council. Today Alderville is a flourishing community with many individually owned businesses, a welding shop, hair salons, convenience stores, craft stores, roofing/building contractors, gas stations and restaurants. Alderville boasts of owning a 5 megawatt solar farm.

Our community is served by a Health and Social Services team, a modern day community centre, Day Care Centre, and an Administration office made up of an education department, and economic development lands and finance department. Alderville hosts a traditional pow-wow each year in June which enhances our culture and traditions of our people and which is open to the public. Dave Simpson Land and Resources Alderville First Nation

Be sure to take a walk down to the lighthouse this summer. Do you see anything different with the lighthouse? Thanks to the efforts of “Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse Preservation Society”, (PPLPS), a non-profit organization created in 2012 to repair and refurbish the Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse, you should see the old cedar shakes replaced with new white “Enviro-Shake”. Plus, if all goes well, sometime this summer or early fall, you can also expect to see the installation of a new Cupola atop this 69’ tall lighthouse, which has become a heritage icon for the community of Brighton and for the many thousands that visit this wonderful destination. In late 2017, PPLPS completed sufficient engineering studies on the lighthouse to confirm that although some of the original stone work was cracked, thanks to the wooden girdle (installed in 1894) that surrounds the stone lighthouse, it is indeed structural fit and should last for

Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Calendar of Events – 2018 (please check our website to confirm dates and information)

March 17 and 18: Waterfowl Weekend, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm May 19 and 20: Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend, starting at 6:30 am June 9, 16, and 23: Spring Walks July /August: Kids ‘n Nature Summer Day Camps, for boys and girls June 30 to September 2: Summer Interpretive Programs Aug. 4-5: History Weekend, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm September 1st and 2nd: Monarchs and Migrants Weekend, starting at 8:00 am Fire Wood is available from the Camp Office and Main Gate. Regrettably the bags are NOT recyclable – please place them in the garbage.

November 3 and 4, 7, 10 and 11: 27th Christmas at Presqu’ile Juried Arts and Crafts Show For mor e i n for m at ion , visit The Friends of Presqu’ile Park’s website at or contact Presqu’ile Provincial Park at 613 475 4324, ext 225.

many more generations to come. But the outer layer of cedar shakes needed replacing. Given that the “EnviroShakes” have a greater life expectancy than today’s cedar shakes, it was agreed to go with this newer technology. We hope you enjoy our “restored” lighthouse and appreciate the volunteer efforts of PPLPS. This preservation project was successful thanks to the cooperation of PPLPS; Ontario Parks; the Municipality of Brighton and the hundreds of individual supporters that believed in this project over the past 4 plus years.

The Keepers

The Keepers crest was worn by the lighthouse keepers on their lapel. The large K stands for “Keepers” and the white in the K represents the white colour of the lighthouse. The dark blue bottom of the crest represents the water, the light blue top represents the sky, the red outline of the crest represents the red at the top of the lighthouse, and the yellow represents the light shining from the lighthouse.

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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 • Used book exchange

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 | Old-fashion milkshakes 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

R eservations

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 Maples

Campsite Series 125-168

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. For more information and the latest updates about emerald ash borer and regulated areas, please visit or contact the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.

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 Haley Gourley at or 613-465-4324 ext. 227. If the shelter is not reserved (check the sign outside) feel free to use it.


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Spending the Day at Presqu’ile

More Visitor Information

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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

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. 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.

Picnic Areas Picnic tables and vault toilets are located in our day use areas, along the southern shore of the park. Campfires Fires are permitted in designated campsite fireplaces only, and are prohibited in the day use areas and on the beach.

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 in the viewing stations along 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

through forest, field and plantation.

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.

T. Alkema

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. 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. Fall Camping Between Labour Day and October 8, 2018, five of Presqu’ile’s campgrounds are open for shoulder season use. All sites in High Bluff, Pines, Lakeside and Trail’s End campgrounds are reservable for the fall, while Maples has first-come first-serve sites. After October 8, 2018, electricity, water, and comfort stations are shut down and campgrounds are closed.

Spring Camping High Bluff, Pines, Maples and Lakeside campgrounds with their electrical hook-ups, water and comfort stations, open on the last Friday in April every year.

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

Cyclist and pedestrian lanes are provided along the main road between the Main Gate and the Camp Office. Remember these are shared lanes and give pedestrians the right-of-way. Between the Park Store and Camp Office there is a NEW pathway. Please use this and avoid the main road around the curve. There is also a bike and pedestrian trail behind the store that goes into the campground and along roads and trails to the loop road. Bicycles are not allowed on any other non-paved trail in the park. The law requires that all cyclists aged 17 and under wear a helmet.

S. Careless

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

A walk along the Marsh Boardwalk can be enjoyable at any time of year.

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. 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.

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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New Insects Found in the Park S

taff and visiting naturalists are always looking for the new and different that might turn up in the park. The uncommon and the rare turn up here every year, but the never-before-seen in the park doesn’t happen that often. Most are looking at birds but a few keep an eye open for our bigger insects. The summer of 2017 brought us three new insects on the park list. Two new dragonflies were spotted by staff, rather ironically, on the annual Butterfly Count, while the butterfly was spotted by keen-eyed visitors


Variegated Meadowhawk

D. Bree

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Eastern Amberwing

This dragonfly is a western species that is known to wander east on occasion and it has been seen in the area before, but never before in the park. One was seen at Calf Pasture on July 5th and a second in the same area on July 16th. This second individual appeared to be newly emerged, indicating breeding success in the area, which would be unusual. Though unlikely, we will see if a population will be established here.

Eastern Amberwing. This is a small, southern species that started showing up in the area about 15 years ago. Never before recorded in the park, its presence is not unexpected, and one was found at Calf Pasture on July 5th. It breeds in still water with lots of floating vegetation. Such conditions exist at Calf Pasture and time will tell if the Amberwing becomes a permanent part of the park’s insect fauna.

A. Parker

Variegated Meadowhawk.

Spicebush Swallowtail

A male was found on the beach on Aug. 26th. Spicebush Swallowtails are a southern species. Their larvae eat mostly Sassafras and Spicebush, which are not found north of Toronto, so it is unlikely they could survive here as a permanent population but there is some evidence that they could eat Prickly Ash, which is found in the area. Again time will tell.

I. Shanahan

Spicebush Swallowtail.

P iping P lover U pdate

The summer of 2016 saw Piping Plovers nest at Presqu’ile for the first time in a hundred years. The male (band #072) and female (#064) successfully raised three chicks (#181, #236, #238).

D. Bree

In winter 2016-2017 the female (064) was seen wintering on a sandbar off Tampa Bay, Florida and #238 was seen on North Captiva Island, Florida. The male (072) showed up on Presqu’ile’s damp beach on April 22nd 2017, ready to raise another family, but the rising water slowly covered the beach and he was last seen at the far north of the beach on May 10. The female (064) went to Darlington and tried to nest there with a different male. Unfortunately her first nest was washed away by high water. She tried again but she abandoned her nest after her male partner died. Chick 238, no longer a chick but a mature female, also went to Darlington and started a late nest. She had three chicks hatch, of which one successfully fledged. Presqu’ile’s first plover grandchild! Piping Plover female (band #064)

In winter 2017-2018 the female (064) was seen near Tampa Bay, about 5 km. from her previous winter’s haunt. We look forward to having a beach and plovers back again in 2018, but only time will tell.


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New in the Park Exploration Tent interior.

Minka tent photos: background and bottom inset by R. Windsor

Minka tent interior.

The year 2017 was not all about high water. The park has continued to expand and improve its infrastructure, with new roofed accommodation options, new vaults, and a paved bike path. Our roofed accommodation options increased by two this year. In addition to the ClarkeDenson Cottage we now have an Exploration Tent on site #155 in Maples Campground and a Minka Tent on site #12 in High Bluff Campground. Calling them tents is a little misleading. They are canvas structures in a solid wooden frame and floor and both have a small deck. The Minka tent was up and running in July 2017 while the Exploration tent comes on stream spring 2018. Both structures come with a sleeping platform

with mattresses (the Minka’s is a bunk-bed style), table, chairs, and gas BBQ. You are still camping, however, so you will need to bring your own bedding, dishes, and cookware. Both rent for $97.18, taxes included, and can be reserved through our normal online or telephone system (see page 18). Beach 1 has had two new vaults constructed and the vaults at the end of Trail’s End Campground have been refurbished as we continue our program of renewing all the vaults in the park. The bike path between the Camp Office and the Park Store has been paved and we encourage people to take this route and stay off the main road around the corner, which has no shoulders and limited visibility.

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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!


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

Discover Presqu’ile ... 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 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 by joining us on one of our summer programs.

M. Van Meer

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.

Come H ave F un with Us W

hile the word “education” can have a repelling effect on kids in the summer, we are proud to offer educational programs at the park. But you won’t be sitting at a desk, you’ll be discovering all that Presqu’ile has to offer from how spiders spin webs, to how bass guard their nests, to how you would have made your own clothes 150 years ago. Our interpreters

host hour-long programs, 2 or 3 times a day in the summer and they need you to help us make the many fun discoveries the park has to offer. Program schedules are posted every week on Thursday throughout the park or ask at one of our offices, or check out our Facebook and Twitter posts (PresquilePP). Come have fun with us, no tests, promise.

Presqu’ile for Kids Nature and History Activity Handbook

One of the shipwrights at Presqu’ile History Weekend.

K. Osborne

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 .......... 613-243-0040

Emergency Numbers

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

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Picnic Area

Presqu’ile Lighthouse, Interpretive Centre and Friends’ Gift Shop


Presqu’ile Provincial Park 2018 Information Guide  

Presqu’ile Provincial Park 2018 Information Guide

Presqu’ile Provincial Park 2018 Information Guide  

Presqu’ile Provincial Park 2018 Information Guide