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PRESQU’ILE

2020 INFORMATION GUIDE

Decade of Change It is said that the only constant is change. This is true in nature as well as the human world. As we head into a new decade this guide, in addition to providing information about the current park, will look at some of the changes that have occurred at Presqu’ile in the last decade and what the future may hold in the next.

Sustaining the Park Presqu’ile as a Provincial Park was established in 1956 after being run by a park commission since 1922. Much of the original infrastructure for the park was built in the ‘50s and after 60+ years much has started to deteriorate. Updating ageing infrastructure is a challenge for all institutions in the 21st century and Presqu’ile is no different. The last ten years saw a substantial amount invested in big ticket items. New comfort stations were built in High Bluff, Maples and Hidden Valley campgrounds in 2010, and a Picnic Shelter in 2011. The

WHAT’S INSIDE Camper Information........................................ 4 Rules You Should Know................................... 5 Ticks and Lyme Disease................................... 7 Park Maps................................................ 12-13 The Friends of Presqu’ile Park................... 16-19 Local Services........................................... 21-24

main road was paved in 2014 and the Main Office is being rebuilt this year after the old one was torn down in 2017. While this latter facility will be of minor impact to most of our visiting public, it is anticipated with great excitement for the office staff after being in a trailer for 3 years!

A New Way to Camp One of the biggest changes in available facilities, both at Presqu’ile and across Ontario Parks, has been the growth of available roofed accommodations in parks. These are attractive to both an ageing population and younger generations with a lack of experience and/ or equipment for traditional camping. Presqu’ile opened our heritage cabin, Clarke-Denson, for occupation in 2015 and have since followed up with three large furnished tents with wooden frames and decking. These are called soft-sided shelters and have proven very popular. It can be anticipated that more of these structures will make their way into the park in future. (con’t on pg 2)


Presqu’ile has added 4 roofed accommodations in the last ten years, including two Exploration Tents. Photo by: H. Gourley

Considering the Environment Another change in the replacement of human infrastructure in the last ten years is more consideration is being given to how that infrastructure impacts the ecosystem of the park and how we might mitigate negative impacts. In conjunction with the road paving project a road mortality study was carried out as part of a Ph.D. project by now Dr. Sean Boyle. This resulted in fencing being placed along the road and tunnels being placed under the road. These measures have reduced the mortality of both turtles and amphibians in our park. Our ageing buildings are also homes for endangered bat species and their needs are being considered when we do work on these structures.

With a Little Help From our Friends Many of the improvement projects that have been carried out in the park have been through partnerships. The Friends of Presqu’ile have contributed greatly to a number of projects through the decade but most noticeable may be their work on our trail system. The Marsh Boardwalk in 2009, Jobes’ Woods boardwalks in 2013 and a dozen other smaller boardwalk and viewing decks have all taken shape thanks to the Friends.

Shining Brighter Another successful partnership was with the Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse Preservation Society. This group raised money for an engineering study and to refurbish and re-shingle the lighthouse. The final cleaning and painting, along with fixing the interlocking brick walkway, was finished in 2019. Thanks to all that donated to keep our light shining.

Nature Changes Too In the natural world change can be quite slow and often imperceptible in a human lifetime. But Mother Nature can move suddenly too and in

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Sunrise at Presqu’ile – D. Bree

Eco-passage tunnels were installed in 2016.

Ice Cream – A. Daley

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PARK INFORMATION

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

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

Fire, Police and Ambulance............................................................... 911

328 Presqu’ile Parkway, Brighton, ON K0K 1H0 Reservations........................................... ontarioparks.com/reservations ........................................................1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) @presquilepp

Park Warden (June, July, August)...................................... 613-243-0040 Poison Control................................................................1-800-268-9017


Many shoreline trees have been lost due to high water in 2017 and 2019. the last ten years she has produced some rather quick changes that will affect the way the park looks and our operations in a dramatic way in the years to come.

High Water Lake Ontario had record high water levels in two of the last three years of the decade. Short term this caused inconvenience to users with flooded beaches and closed campsites and trails. Long term, the high water waves have severely eroded our south shore. Campsites have been lost and facilities have been moved. At the Lighthouse Centre a bench and the Hi-Spy viewing scope fell into the lake and were relocated closer to the building. Elmvale Campground lost the loop road nearest the lake and a total of 15 campsites have been lost or converted.

A Walk-in Solution Out of adversity comes opportunity. Seven campsites along the loop road that was lost to the lake have been converted to Walk-in Sites. These will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to have a lakeside campsite with no vehicle traffic.

Trees Coming Down Trees are always falling in the natural forest. That is not necessarily a bad thing as fallen trees open space for new growth to come in. But the last decade has seen events that mean many more trees than normal have fallen and will be falling in the future.

Waves, Wind and Bugs The high water undercut many trees along the shoreline that later fell during autumn winds. More disturbing is the fact that Emerald Ash Borer was detected in the park in 2017. In the next decade it will spread

Work was finishd in 2019 on the refurbishment of the Lighthouse. throughout the park. Emerald Ash Borer kills 99.9% of the ash trees in an infested area. A campground like Hidden Valley could lose 80% of its trees. We are being proactive in the face of this challenge, both by monitoring the trees to remove them before they become dangerous, as well as planting new trees to replace lost trees. But trees grow slowly so we can anticipate the park and campgrounds looking less treed in the near future.

A Good Tern A more positive story about change can be found in our waterbird colonies out on High Bluff and Gull Islands. Seven species of colonial waterbirds nest out on these islands. Of the seven the Common Tern is the smallest and one that has the hardest time finding room to nest and successfully raise its young. For all the last decade we have been lucky to have researchers from University of Pennsylvania studying the Common Terns on Gull Island. to see why their numbers were declining. Through their efforts, with support from the Friends of Presqu’ile, we have been able to put in nesting structures around the tern colony on the islands that protect the young terns. The story of Butterball, a tern chick in 2019, summarizes the work done and the challenges high water brought that year. It can be found on the Ontario Parks blog site here: http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/butterball-common-tern/

Common Tern mitigation work based on over ten years of research has resulted in greater chick survival in the breeding colonies. Ontario Parks I Presqu’ile

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Complaints

Camper Information

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.

Our Picnic Shelter - see page 10 Campsites Presqu’ile has eight campground areas offering a total of 383 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 “no-show” after 8:00 a.m. on the day after the expected arrival date. Fees for the first night will be levied and your site will then be considered available for new occupancy.

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 on-line or at the Ontario NEW Parks reservation line 5 months in advance. See page 12 for contact details. 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 can be obtained from the Haliburton-Kawartha-Pine Ridges District Health Unit in Port Hope at 1-866-888-4577.

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.

Laundry Facilities Two washers ($2) and two dryers ($2.50) are available at Maples Comfort Station.

Health Facilities The closest hospital is in Trenton, at 242 King Street, just north of Dundas Street West 613-392-2540. A walk-in clinic (Good Doctors) is located in Brighton at 46 Prince Edward Street, Unit 4 & 5, Brighton.

Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Calendar Of Events - 2020

(please check our website to confirm dates and information)

March 21 and 22: Waterfowl Weekend, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm World-class waterfowl viewing during the spring migration. Volunteer naturalists will help you view and identify over 25 different species of ducks, geese, and swans.  Also check out displays and children’s activities in the Nature Centre. Join The Friends for BBQ lunch fundraiser at the Lighthouse, on Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 am.  The Lighthouse Interpretive Centre and The Friends’ Gift Shop will be open. 

May 16 and 17: Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend, starting at 6:30 am

View the elusive Whimbrels and many colourful Warblers as they migrate to their northern nesting grounds. Enjoy guided nature walks, bird-banding, and evening programs. Join The Friends for BBQ lunch fund-raiser at the Lighthouse, on Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 am. The Lighthouse Interpretive Centre and The Friends’ Gift Shop will be open. Guided nature walks on select Saturdays. The Lighthouse Interpretive Centre and The Friends’ Gift Shop will be open weekends. 

The comfort stations in Maples, Hidden Valley, and High Bluff campgrounds have showers.

June 27 to September 6: Summer Interpretive Program

Barrier-Free Facilities Facilities for the physically challenged may be found in all of our campground comfort stations. Campsites # 81 and # 83 are designated as Barrier-Free Sites. The Marsh Boardwalk, Nature Centre and Lighthouse Interpretive Centre are also wheelchair accessible. An AllTerrain Wheelchair is available for loan at the Main Gate. Barrier-free access mats from Beach 1 parking lot to the beach are in place from May to October.

Programs will be posted on our website, www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca, and throughout the Park, every week. Daily Family Programs (except Wednesdays) - guided walks, children’s programs, evening talks, and campfire sing-alongs.  Every Saturday lunchtime, The Friends will hold a BBQ, near the amphitheatre, from 11:00 am. The Nature Centre, Lighthouse Interpretive Centre, and The Friends’ Gift Shop will be open daily. 

Aug. 1-2: History Weekend, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Relive Presqu’ile’s storied past and take part in events. Participate in oldfashioned field games, children’s boat-building bee and regatta, ghost walks, a history play, and more.

Sept. 5-6: Monarchs and Migrants Weekend, starting at 8:00 am

Drinking Water You can get fresh drinking water (tested weekly) from any of the water taps or comfort stations in the park.

Trailer Sanitary Station A two-lane trailer sanitary and refill station is located opposite the entrance to the Owen Point Trail along the main park road. NEW

Three large outdoor dishwashing sinks are available at the back of the Maples, High Bluff and Hidden Valley Comfort Stations. Feel free to do dishes here. For sanitary reasons please do not do dishes inside the comfort stations or at the water taps. If you do dishes at your campsite please do not throw your waste water in the bush. This grey water attracts wildlife and damages plants.

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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.

June Spring walks

Showers

Dish Washing

Church Services

Bird-banding, Monarch tagging and guided nature walks celebrate this weekend of fall migration.

November : 7, 8, 11, 14, 15 - 29th Christmas at Presqu’ile Juried Arts and Crafts Show

Fine arts and crafts on sale, from 10 am to 4 pm daily, at the Nature Centre. Visit the Tea Room at Stonehedge and enjoy our famous rum cake and hot drinks. Meet our Signature Artists at The Lighthouse Art Gallery, 10 am to 5 pm. The Friends’ Gift Shop will be open. Free entry to the Park and free admission to the Show. Free parking.  

Unless otherwise noted all events are FREE. A valid park permit is required to enter the Park. For more information, visit The Friends of Presqu’ile Park’s website at www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca or contact Presqu’ile Provincial Park at 613 475 4324, ext 225.   Ontario Parks I Presqu’ile


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

Parking

Pets

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

Minimum Fine*

• 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

$100.00 and/or eviction

$175.00 $75.00

$75.00

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

$75.00

$125.00 $125.00

$150.00 and/or eviction

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 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

Leaflets Three, Let it Be!

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!

Learning to recognize Poison Ivy can save you from a lot of discomfort. Each leaf has three leaflets, the centre one with a longer stalk. 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.

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

Number of People Per Campsite

Poison Ivy is a natural part of our ecosystem, providing food for animals and stabilizing soils in open areas. In general we leave it be in the park but if you see some on your campsite contact a park employee.

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Camper Etiquette Consider your neighbours and the environment during your stay

Propane Cylinders and Beyond 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 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 Ontario Parks strongly encourages visitors to use refillable propane cylinders and to reuse them as many times as safe to do so. This helps to keep our parks litter-free and reduce waste! Single use (non-refillable) propane cylinders should be deposited in Orange Drop collection cages found throughout the park. Single use cylinders may also be brought to an Orange Drop collection site. Visit www.makethedrop.ca to find 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. •  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 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!

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. 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. 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.

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Ticks and Lyme Disease Do ticks and Lyme disease make you wary of going outdoors this summer? By being aware of ticks and understanding the role they play in spreading Lyme disease you are taking the first step to protect yourself and your loved ones. There are many different species of ticks and not all of them carry Lyme disease. The most common tick you may encounter is the American Dog Tick, which does not carry Lyme disease. The only tick that carries Lyme disease in Ontario is the Blacklegged (Deer) Tick, Ixodes scapularis. Both ticks can be found in wooded areas or tall grass habitats. In Ontario, Blacklegged ticks are more commonly found in rural areas along the north shores of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River. Blacklegged ticks are known to feed on migratory birds and as a result, they can be transported throughout the province. Therefore, while the potential is low, it is possible for people to encounter Blacklegged ticks, or to be infected with Lyme disease from the bite of an infected Blacklegged tick, almost anywhere in the province. Ticks feed slowly, and an infected tick must feed on a person for at least 24 hours in order to infect them with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Because of this delay, prompt detection and removal of ticks is one of the key methods of preventing Lyme disease. If you

Found a Tick? DO • • • • •

Use fine point tweezers Grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible Gently pull the tick straight out Disinfect the bite area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water Save tick (alive if possible) in a jar, with a piece of damp paper towel for identification and potential testing. Contact your local health unit to inquire about having the tick sent for identification and testing. This test may take several months and is not diagnostic. Additionally, you may contact your family doctor for questions on Lyme disease. • Watch for symptoms and seek medical attention if you feel unwell or if you cannot safely remove the tick

DON’T • Grasp around bloated belly and squeeze the tick • Use a match, heat or chemicals • Twist the tick when pulling it out

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 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

Blacklegged tick with a penny for scale become infected from a tick bite, symptoms usually begin within 1 - 2 weeks, but can take as long as one month to begin. The “classic” symptom is a bulls-eye rash that can develop anywhere on the body; however, this rash may not occur in all cases. Early symptoms of Lyme disease can include flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiff neck, jaw pain, and sore muscles. If untreated, problems with the heart, nervous system, and joints can occur months or years later. Lyme disease is easily treated in the early stages so seek medical attention if you feel unwell. When you are out in tick habitat you can better protect yourself by taking a few precautions: 1. Wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks. 2. Wear light coloured clothing so you can detect ticks before they attach. 3. Use insect repellent containing “Deet” (please follow manufacturer’s directions). Apply it to your skin and outer clothing. 4. Conduct a tick check. Look on your clothes, body and pets. Pay close attention to your groin, scalp and armpits. 5. If you find a tick on your body, remove it - see below. By following these simple suggestions, you can have a safe and enjoyable time exploring Presqu’ile. For more information please consult the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/ lyme-disease.htmL You can also visit: www.ontario.ca/lyme

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Please keep your dog on a leash in the park. Photo: D. Davis 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 concerning pets.

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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 Kiteboarding is not allowed anywhere along the sand-beach 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 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.

Dunlin and other shorebirds can be common on Presqu’ile’s beach during migration. Photo: D. Bree

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.

Botulism 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.

RENT A YELLOW PICNIC TABLE

A single piece of firewood can destroy millions of trees.

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 employee would be happy to deliver the yellow picnic table to your campsite. 8

Did you know that transpor�ng 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 be�er alterna�ve is to purchase firewood locally around the park; however please check for pest infesta�on and avoid purchasing ash firewood. To help slow the spread of emerald ash borer Ontario Parks will con�nue to seize firewood transported from all areas regulated by the Canadian Food Inspec�on Agency (CFIA). You could face penal�es of up to $50,000 and/or prosecu�on if you move firewood out of an area regulated for a quaran�ned pest without prior approval from the CFIA. For more informa�on and the latest updates about emerald ash borer and regulated areas, please visit www.inspec�on.gc.ca or contact the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.

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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. A pay and display machine takes credit cards and coins and an envelope deposit system takes all cash. 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 31, 2020, five of Presqu’ile’s campgrounds are open for shoulder season use. All sites in Maples, High Bluff, Pines, Lakeside and Trail’s End campgrounds are reservable for the fall. After October 31, 2020, electricity, water, and comfort stations are shut down and campgrounds are closed. Spring Camping Camping season starts on the last Friday of April with reservable electric and non-electrical sites available in High Bluff, Pines, Maples, Lakeside and Trail’s End Campgrounds. 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. During the season the Waterfowl Technician can be reached at 613-242-2554.

Photo by: K. Anderson

Spending the Day at Presqu’ile More Visitor Information Road Safety Many pedestrians, cyclists and in-line skaters use Presqu’ile’s roadways, so please drive with extreme caution and obey all of the signs and speed limits posted in the park. Bicycles and motorcycles must also be operated with care, and are not allowed on the walking trails or on the beach. 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. Please do not pollute the water with soap or shampoo. Keep all glass containers, dogs and other pets off the beach. 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.

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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.

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Lost and Found Please report any lost items and hand in any found items to one of our park offices.

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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.

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

November 7, 8, 11, 14, & 15 ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW 10am-4pm TEA ROOM 10am-4:30pm Meet our Signature Artists at the Lighthouse

ART GALLERY 10am-5pm

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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 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.

A walk along the Marsh Boardwalk can be enjoyable at any time of year. Photo by: K. Anderson

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, please give pedestrians the right-of-way. Between the Park Store and Camp Office there is a paved 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.

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.

Our Picnic Shelter! Our Picnic Shelter is available to rent on a daily bases for groups up to 70 people. Rental fee is $75.00/day, which includes a large solid fuel BBQ (bring your own fuel). Reservations can be made online or at the general Ontario Parks reservation line. Once the camping season starts it can also be reserved at the gatehouses. If the shelter is not reserved (check the sign outside) feel free to use it.

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Ask Ontario Parks’ Staff about borrowing a PFD!

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Water Safety – It’s Your Responsibility 1. There are no lifeguards on our beaches. Water safety is your responsibility at all times. 2. Take the steps to be safe around water. Learning how to swim and water survival techniques help keep us all safe.

Ontario Parks Beach Posting Fact Sheet Recreational water quality is routinely monitored at Ontario Parks designated beaches. Samples are tested at Public Health Ontario Laboratories for Escherichia coli (E.coli), an organism found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals.

Water Quality Factors Recreational water quality is influenced by a number of factors, and can change between sampling periods. Influences include: • • • •

Heavy rainfall Large numbers of waterfowl High winds or wave activity Large number of swimmers

3. Always supervise children and non-swimmers by watching them when they are in or around the water. 4. Ensure children and non-swimmers wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in or around the water. 5. Swim only in designated swimming areas. When the water is rough, or conditions are not clear – STAY OUT! Never swim alone. You should always swim with a buddy. 6. Using a floatie? Offshore winds often blow inflatables out into dangerous waters. Ensure inflatable rafts or toys are used in shallow water areas only and pay attention to changing wind conditions. 7. Be responsible. Avoid substance use when involved in water-related recreational activities. 8. Protect your neck. Never dive into shallow or murky water. 9. If you suspect a drowning or any other type of water emergency, call 911 and contact the park office immediately. ­

Beach Posting Ontario Parks staff post signage at beaches (example below) when E.coli levels in the water exceed provincial standards. Signage is placed to warn bathers that the beach water may be unsafe for swimming. Swimming in beaches that are posted for elevated bacterial levels may cause: • Skin infections/rash • Ear, eye, nose and throat infections • Gastrointestinal illness (if water is consumed) Beach postings are based on E.coli counts in beach water samples taken within the past 24 hours, and are removed when test results show bacterial levels are acceptable. Beach water quality can change at any time and guests should avoid swimming during and after storms, floods, heavy rainfall, or in the presence of large numbers of waterfowl.

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How you can help Ontario Parks guests can help maintain our beach water quality by following these simple guidelines: • Do not feed birds or other wildlife • Leave nothing behind - dispose of all garbage/food waste • Use designated pet beaches when swimming with your dog –pets are not permitted in Ontario Parks public beaches o Do not let children swim in soiled diapers o Do not use shampoos or soaps in lake water

The Lighthouse Interpretive Centre

The Friends of Presqu’ile provide a free service for campers and Park visitors. The FREE WiFi hotspot is available in the area of the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre (LIC). The Friends, with support from DeCastris Electronics (Belleville), have installed a router in the LIC which transmits about 30 metres to the front of the building. Visitors and staff are able to log on while sitting outside on the picnic benches. Please call in at The Friends’ Gift Shop to obtain the current password. This service is available from May until November.

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.

Serving:

Van Houtte gourmet coffee and Old-fashioned milkshakes Scooped ice cream - up to 20 varieties!

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

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Reservations 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 www.ontarioparks.com 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 100% refund for any unused camping nights.

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

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

(June July August) Park Warden contact number .......... 613-243-0040

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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.

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Brighton Digital Archives Preserving Brighton’s history

one image at a time.

Points of Interest

Do you have old photos of the Park you would like to share with our Archive? We will scan them and return the original to you. To see our collection to date, including new videos, go to:

vitacollections.ca/brightonarchives Photo: Northumberland Tourism Ferris Provincial Park This rural oasis on the banks of the Trent River is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding region and the Trent-Severn Waterway. It sits on land donated by the family of James Marshall Ferris, a 19th century entrepreneur in the area. Forest trails, a pedestrian suspension bridge over the Ranney Gorge and historic stone fencing are just some of the attractions you will find at Ferris.

For more information contact 613 475-1323, 613 475-4427 or hiltonhall@xplornet.com

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BRIGHTON LAWN BOWLING AND CROQUET CLUB

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 www.friendsofferris.ca.

Games & live music

Join us for Croquet and “Music in the Park” 6 pm Wednesdays in July and August. Downtown Brighton between CIBC and the Beer Store.

Proctor House Museum and Barn Theatre This 19th century mansion on a hill overlooking the Town of Brighton and Lake Ontario was once the home of a wealthy shipping magnate. The interior of the mansion has been restored to reflect the style of that period (circa 1869). Proctor House Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during July and August. Special events and activities are also featured throughout the summer months. For information call (613) 475-2144.

Lawn bowling: Tues, Thurs Croquet: Mon, Wed See website for play times.

Flat-soled shoes required. We supply the rest.

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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 http://www. brightonbarntheatre.ca 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. 14

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Superintendent’s Message Welcome to Presqu’ile Provincial Park for the 2020 season. The theme for this year’s tabloid is a Decade of Change. I hope during your time here you look around the park and appreciate the changes that have occurred. The park has improved many of its comfort stations, added new roofed accommodation facilities, and replaced many of the aging boardwalks within the park. The changes that have occurred within the natural areas of the park are even more dramatic, and the high water levels of Lake Ontario are the most extreme example of this. Many small beaches have shown up along the peninsula, and whole sections of shoreline have disappeared. I urge you to take a walk along the shoreline from the campgrounds to the day use area and see for yourself some of the monumental changes. Some of the other considerations visitors to Presqu’ile should keep in mind are the effects they have on the wildlife of the park. The park wildlife can be corrupted and become dependent on human foods and garbage very easily. The most notorious example of this would be the raccoons of Presqu’ile. Please ensure all your food and any aromatic items are stored securely in your car. Raccoons at Presqu’ile have learned how to unzip tents and have no issues with acting aggressively towards you in order to steal your food. Please speak to a member of the park staff for more information. One of the main issues park staff and visitors have to see and deal with every year is the number of sick and dying colonial water birds. The gulls and cormorants become ill with various diseases like Botulism and Newcastle disease. These diseases naturally occur in bird populations and this is part of the ecosystem. Many of our visitors do not enjoy seeing these birds in distress and contact the park staff. The park would like our visitors to only contact us if one of these birds is on your campsite or endangering members of the public. Please do not touch these birds as Botulism can be contracted by humans. If you have any questions regarding these events, please contact park staff. Ensure that during your visit you take in all Presqu’ile has to offer: the Nature Centre, interpretive programs, and the wildlife are all here for you to enjoy. The Friends of Presqu’ile have continued their great work of rebuilding and renewing the boardwalk sections of our trails. I urge all our visitors to hike the trails and look at the excellent work completed by this group of volunteers. I also ask 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.

Colin Bauer receiving his Career Bursary from Friends’ chair Bev Cook.

2019 Friends Bursary Winners The Friends of Presqu’ile Park sponsors 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. Here are our 2019 winners: The Career Bursary of $1,000 is awarded to a student employee who intends to pursue a career in the Parks system. The 2019 winner is: Colin Bauer (Discovery) who is studying in the Environmental Technology program at Fleming College. The Friends also sponsors $500 bursaries to employees in the various Park departments. Employees can be nominated by the public, supervisors or peers.

The 2019 winners are: Hope Brinkman Ryan Renaud Parys Carr

Gate Staff Maintenance Staff Education/Discovery Program

Members of the public are encouraged to nominate worthy candidates who have gone above and beyond to make their stay more pleasant. Nomination forms are available at the Park Store, Park Office, Main Gate, Nature Centre, and Lighthouse Gift Shop.

I urge you to learn about the Friends of Presqu’ile, and if you would like to be involved, please contact them. Please also take time to enjoy the town of Brighton and the local area, as the many shops and services will provide a great addition to your visit to Presqu’ile. This year also marks a milestone for Presqu’ile, as one of our long-term employees, David Bree, will be retiring at the end of the year after 32 years in the Provincial Park system. David began his Ontario Parks career in 1988 at Charleston Lake Provincial Park, and has worked at Bon Echo, Sandbanks, Petroglyphs, and Algonquin, before coming to Presqu’ile in 2006 as the Natural Heritage Education Leader. David will be missed greatly and his passion for Presqu’ile and interpretation will be difficult to replace. We know we will continue to see David around the park, engaging in birdwatching and other naturalist pursuits. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the park office. Sincerely, Rob Cunningham Park Superintendent Presqu’ile and Ferris Provincial Parks

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Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Presentation (from left to right); Assistant Superintendent Rachel Windsor, Sabrina Dopking, Susan Dopking, Operations Technician Paul Hazlett.

Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Ontario Parks partners also provide a student bursary to select students across the province. In 2019 Sabrina Dopking from the Maintenance Department was awarded one of these $500 bursaries. Sabrina has been working at Presqu’ile for three years, including the position of Student Leader in 2019. Sabrina has been an exemplary employee and well deserving of this award. She goes to school at Trent in the Conservation Biology program. Nomination are being solicited from the public for the 2020 Partners Bursary. Contact the main office for details. 15


THE FRIENDS OF PRESQU’ILE PARK

The Friends of Presqu’ile Park OUR 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. Read about the very successful Kids ‘n Nature School Group Program and our new Presqu’ile to You program. These programs, along with our staffing support for the Nature Centre, bring the natural world to life for area youngsters. 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 Discovery Program. Scientists working on important research to preserve species at risk appreciate our financial support. This year, we were delighted to support the research team working to preserve the Common Tern population. Despite the damage caused by spring floods, a healthy crop of chicks was hatched and fledged. Once again last year, flooding caused damage to many areas in the Park. Our team of volunteers rebuilt trails, viewing platforms and picnic tables – all done to improve the park experience for our visitors. 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. This year, we have launched a new campaign – a Memorial Tree Planting Program. Read about the details of our donor programs on these pages. 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 friendsofpresquile. on.ca. Enjoy your visit in the Park, there is so much to see and do.

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

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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:

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Fund education staffing and school and outreach programs.

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Tree planting and invasive plant removal Fund research and special projects

We need you – You can make a difference!

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

Trail monitoring and maintenance

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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 www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca

Christmas @ Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show The Friends of Presqu’ile’s main annual fundraiser, Christmas at Presqu’ile, is held annually in early November. Our 2019 show was a tremendous success in providing financial support for educational and environmental park projects.  Our tireless volunteer committee has begun even now to prepare for the 2020 show!

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.

As artisan submissions for 2020 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 begin the transformation to showcase the creations of over 150 artisans.

The Christmas House features over 500 hand crafted items from pottery, jewelry, paintings and wall hangings, stained glass, wreaths, baked goods and Christmas crafts – truly something for everyone! At the Art Gallery, you will find everything from postcards to signed prints to spectacular original paintings and drawings.

2020 will be our 29th year as a juried arts and crafts show. As our many return customers already know, Christmas at

In all, approximately 250 volunteers donate their time and effort to make the show a success. Organizing draw

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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 return customers who every year find unique, quality Christmas gifts for the whole family. It will be held this year on

November 7, 8, 11, 14 and 15. See you there! FREE entry to Presqu’ile Provincial Park and to the show. FREE parking. See our website for more information: www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca

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THE FRIENDS OF PRESQU’ILE PARK

Let us help you EXPLORE, CONNECT to and VOLUNTEER to share about all that Presqu’ile has to offer.

EXPLORE Presqu’ile

Bring your group to Presqu’ile to explore the park’s nature, history and recreational opportunities. We can provide informative tours of the park and other educational activities. Enhance your classroom learning by participating in our school outreach program. The Kids ‘n Nature program aims to create an understanding of biodiversity through a rich learning experience for students using two key elements: In-class visit: An interpreter will come to your location to introduce them to specific content with respect to biodiversity and Presqu’ile’s habitats. Students will then be given a ‘mission’ to complete on their field trip to the park. In-park visit: During a trip to the park, students will participate in a curriculum-based, half-day program where they will explore a habitat and complete activities to help them with their mission during their visit. Groups may choose to participate in the in-park and/or the inclass portion. Through these authentic, problem-based learning experiences, students will take away a connection to nature and an optimistic outlook on the relationship between humans and the environment.

CONNECT to Presqu’ile

Bring Presqu’ile to your location or event via our knowledgeable interpreter. We offer educational presentations, information booths and hands on ‘Ask the Naturalist’ activities.

VOLUNTEER to Teach Others about Presqu’ile

Are you 12 to 16 years old and looking for a volunteering opportunity with the park’s Discovery education program? Contact us to set up times for some mentoring from a park interpreter and volunteering in the Nature Centre, Lighthouse Interpretive Centre or with interpretive programs. For more information or to sign up, please visit our website: www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca

Accessible Beach Walkway Thanks to funds raised by the Friends of Presqu’ile, from the Municipality of Brighton, John M. and Bernice Parrott Foundation and Ontario Parks, bright blue beach mats are now in place during the summer. The mats run from Beach 1 parking lot out into the beach and allow access to the beach for those with mobility issues.

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 www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca

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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

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The Friends’ 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, jewelry, 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. Each year over 25,000 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!

Nursery Work. Presqu’ile operates its own tree nursery. Seeds are collected in the park, nurtured in a green house and then transferred to growing beds in the nursery. Friends help with all aspects of the operation.

Tree Planting. Trees from the nursery are used for reforestation and buffer zones between campsites. Planting by Friends and Staff occurs in spring and fall.

Buckthorn Removal. Volunteers and Staff work to eliminate buckthorn and other invasive species in the park.

Facility Repair. Friends build and maintain boardwalks and viewing platforms in the park.

100% OF PROCEEDS of the Friends’ Gift Shop sales remains in Presqu’ile Park to further The Friends’ Educational and Environmental objectives HOURS OF OPERATION Every weekend during June, from 11 AM to 4 PM, 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 10 AM to 4 PM. FALL: Every weekend until Thanksgiving, from 11 AM to 4 PM, and during Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts And Crafts Show from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Have fun in the Park

Volunteering makes a difference The Friends support educational and environmental projects in Presqu’ile Park – our average annual expenses are about $60,000. We raise these funds through several 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. 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.

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 the Jobes’ Woods Trail. These are two of the many projects funded and constructed by volunteers of the Friends. There are many other great opportunities to participate on our programs and projects. By becoming a Friend, you will make a difference in protecting Presqu’ile Park and ensuring that the quality of these experiences will continue for others to enjoy. You may apply online to join us at: www.friendsofpresquile. on.ca or you can complete the Membership form below, enclose your payment and drop it off at the Lighthouse Gift Shop or mail it to us at:

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

M EM BER SH I P A PPL ICAT ION FOR M The fee for Family Membership of The Friends is $20. Membership will be valid until December 31, 2020, 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) ............................................................................................................................................................

If you would like to help in any way, please contact Nancy Sutton, Volunteer Coordinator, at 613-475-9817 or volunteers@friendsofpresquile. on.ca You can also sign up online on our website: www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca

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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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How You Can Support the Work of the Friends DONATE!

Linda Collins on right with Friends Chair Bev Cook. Photo Henry Kole

Linda Collins

The Friends of Presqu’ile Park is a registered charity (# 124351511 RR0001). We need your support to continue our work to enhance the educational, interpretive and scientific research programs at the Park. You can donate online through our website, at our Gift Shop or by mail to: PO Box 1442, Brighton, Ontario, K0K 1H0. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $10.00 or upon request.

2019 Volunteer of the Year

Each year, our Volunteer of the Year is awarded the John Cole Award. For 2019, the award was presented to Linda Collins. Linda moved to Brighton eight years ago, and as a new resident was searching for a volunteer opportunity. She asked her new neighbors and was introduced to The Friends of Presqu’ile Park. Linda joined the organizing committee for the Christmas @ Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show and now chairs that group. Linda evaluates between 130 and 160 vendors for Christmas @ Presqu’ile, and although the deadline is May 15th each year, applications continue to roll in long past the date. ln addition, Linda recruits volunteers and gets invitations out to all the members.  She works right alongside her team when it comes to setting up for the event. Linda was quick to give most of the credit to her team of volunteers who bring Christmas to life at Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Seven years on, Linda loves working with all the people that dedicate themselves to this event for the enjoyment of everyone who attends. Linda gives a great deal of her time and energy to Christmas @ Presqu’ile. She is instrumental in the event’s success and Linda is the guiding force that holds everything together. Congratulations Linda, The Friends of Presqu’ile are very grateful for your contributions. The Volunteer of the Year Award is named in honour of John Cole, who was the first Chairman of the Friends of Presqu’ile Park. 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 Cape May Warbler

DOUG MCRAE’S BIRD REPORT is posted every week on our website. www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca/birding-report.php

The Friends of Presqu’ile Park B OA R D OF DI R EC TOR S

Bev Cook, Chair David Crouch, Vice Chair Linda Alkenbrack, Treasurer Doreen Cable, Corporate Secretary & Finance Chair Donal Gray Larry Paradis

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NEW Memorial Tree Planting Program Many people have asked about making a memorial donation in remembrance of a loved one or to mark a milestone event (birthday, anniversary etc). To meet such requests, The Friends of Presqu’ile Park are pleased to announce a Memorial Tree Planting Program. During the third weekend in April and the third weekend in October, Memorial Trees will be planted in the presence of the donor(s) by making an appointment. The trees will come from the Park nursery, grown from seeds collected in the Park. The minimum donation is $100.00. There will be the choice of a deciduous or coniferous

tree (based on availability). An income tax receipt will be issued for the full amount of the donation. A picture of the donor(s) with the tree can be provided. These trees will be planted to regenerate the Park forest. The location for the planting will be chosen by the Park and the planting will be done by the Park. As the memorial trees will be part of a natural forest, they will not be labelled or replaced if they die. To make a donation, please go to our website: www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca/memorial-treeplanting-php.

The Environmental Fund was established to ensure that we can contribute to important environmental initiatives in Presqu’ile Park. The first major project was the removal of invasive Scots Pine from the Panne areas. Each year, volunteers and Park staff remove more invasive and non-native species and replace them with nursery grown native trees. Funds are also used to support research into the flora and fauna unique to Presqu’ile Park so that we can be better custodians of our natural heritage. The installation of fencing to reduce turtle mortality was a big success. Our ongoing attempts to preserve and grow the Common Tern population are showing progress. You can direct your donations to the Environmental Fund if you donate online, in person or by mail. Your financial support will help us to ensure the beauty of Presqu’ile Park is preserved for generations to come.

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

Don’t be Shy, Keep in Touch

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, www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca, to receive our news bulletins. Telephone:

613-475-1688 Use Contact Us link on our website:

www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca

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Species At Risk Day Fun Fair. Photo by: A. Parker

Fun for the Whole Family

Experience nature and history first hand by joining us on one of our summer programs. Photo K. Osborne

Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD) 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 cure for NDD, but then you already know that – you are here! Our Discovery 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 27 and September 6, 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. These include: • Children’s Activities • Guided Walks • Drop-in Discovery Tables • Campfires • Evening Cultural and Natural Presentations

While the word “education” can have a repelling effect on kids in the summer, we are proud to offer educational programs at the park. You won’t be sitting at a desk, but rather discovering the amazing world of nature and our history through family friendly, fun activities. Tagging a monarch, searching for clues in a murder mystery, or building a schooner are just some of the adventures in store for you at Presqu’ile. Our interpreters host hour-long programs or 2-hour drop-in activities, 2 or 3 times a day in summer. These are great experiences for families to share or come on your own and meet new friends. Even adults are welcome. Weekly schedules are posted on Thursdays throughout the park and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. Come have fun with us.

Presqu’ile For Kids Nature and History Activity Handbook Looking for something for your kids to do outside our regularly scheduled programs? Presqu’ile has two kids’ activity books, which children and their families can enjoy. The Presqu’ile for Kids Nature Activity Book features 40 pages of activities that will help you explore Presqu’ile’s diverse habitats. You can also join Simon the Sailor and become a Presqu’ile History Explorer with the Brighton and Presqu’ile for Kids History Activity Book. Inside are 24 pages of things to do and read that will help you explore Brighton’s and Presqu’ile’s past. Remember to attend our interpretive programs to collect the secret passwords. After completing a level, you can bring the workbook to the Nature Centre, where you will receive a stamp and certificate. Also available is the Butterflies of Presqu’ile Interpretive Guide, full of neat facts about the park’s butterflies. It also has a colour guide of our common butterflies that kids can go out and look for. Bring your butterfly sightings to the Nature Centre to add to our data base. All three books can be purchased for $2.00 each at the Nature Centre and the Friends of Presqu’ile Lighthouse Gift Shop. Presqu’ile for Kids was developed by Ontario Parks in co-operation with the Friends of Presqu’ile, the Willow Beach Field Naturalists and the Remembering Speedy Committee.

Weekly summer activity schedules are available at all camp offices and are posted throughout the park and on our social media platforms. If you would like a weekly schedule emailed to you, send a request to David.bree@ontario.ca. Or on your own 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. Monarch tagging. Photo by: M. Van Meer 20

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