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Presqu’ile 2017 Information Guide

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

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Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Looking to the Future


This is the theme of this year’s information guide and at first blush may seem somewhat redundant. Are not parks all about preserving nature and cultural heritage for future generations? Of course, but it goes deeper than that. Sometimes planning for the future is about trying to make things more like the past. The habitat at Presqu’ile has changed considerably since European settlement and the park works hard at changing some of that back – from planting trees and removing invasive species, to protecting turtles with road fencing, to looking after endangered species when they nest on your beach for the first time in 100 years. We also want to make sure the park’s human past is remembered, through preserving and telling the stories of our ancestors. In addition it is important that we maintain, improve and when necessary, change, our services and infrastructure to meet the needs of our visitors today and into the future. To do all this we rely heavily on our community partners, including the Friends of Presqu’ile Park. The following pages offer a glimpse of what the future holds for us all at Presqu’ile.

100 Years in the Making


ast year was a milestone year as 2016 marked the first time Piping Plovers were known to nest at Presqu’ile in 100 years! These are small shorebirds that nest on sandy beaches. They declined rapidly in North America after WWII as more and more people used sandy beaches to play on. By the mid1980s there were only 12 nesting pairs left on the Great Lakes, all in Michigan. The Americans put in a conservation program and slowly the numbers increased and the first Piping Plovers in decades nested in Ontario at Sauble Beach in 2007. At Presqu’ile we have seen Piping Plovers every spring for the last decade but these birds always moved on. There were no records of Piping Plovers having stayed to nest since 1916.

Then this year three birds, identified by their leg bands as having hatched at Wasaga Beach in 2015, showed up at Presqu’ile in mid-May. Instead of moving on, the birds started exhibiting breeding

behaviour! Two males were courting the single female. To make it more of a dramatic romantic triangle, numbered bands on the birds’ legs indicated that the two males were brothers! In the end, one brother won out and by June 3rd we had a nest with 4 eggs. Now when an endangered species starts nesting in your park, all kinds

of legislative requirements kick in. We could no longer rake the beach within 500 metres of the nest and we had to put in place some protective measures. A 100m-square exclusion rope fence went up around the nest and a 3 metre “cage” went over the nest. This cage had holes big enough for the small plovers to get through but kept out potential predators such as gulls, raccoons and coyotes.

The other thing we needed was people to keep an eye on the birds and tell beachgoers about them and why certain areas of the beach could not be used. An appeal went out on the Friends’ emailing list, which was passed on to other lists and we got an overwhelming response of people wanting to help. We were also able to hire a student, Elizabeth Steadman, to coordinate these volunteers. What started

3 day old chick under mom.

L. Abram

M.N.R.F. #52077 (25 K. P.R., 07 02 28) ISSN 1713-9708 ISBN 978-1-4606-9226-4 (2017 ed.) © 2017 Government of Ontario Printed in Ontario, Canada

O u r C o v e r Single Plover – G. McPherson Plover Family – K. Spence Park Naturalist – D. Davis Other photos – D. Bree

E. Steadman

Taking flight – chick getting ready to fly.


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Banding Piping Plover chick.

Nap Time - 28 day old chicks.

Plover nest.

out looking like an overwhelming task now became manageable. After a start-up orientation meeting, 3, three-hour shifts a day were organized of 1 or 2 volunteers to set up on the beach and be Plover Monitors. Monitoring started on June 23 and really picked up after the chicks hatched on June 28th. Only 3 eggs hatched but these gave both parents and monitors all they could handle as they would often wander in three directions at once and then seemingly disappear for an hour or two when they lay down for a nap. Volunteers realized that they needed

to be on the beach longer than the nine hours and pushed for early morning and evening shifts, which we instigated during the busiest times. Everyone persevered, the chicks learned to listen to their parents, they stayed safe, and grew up. As is usual, the mom left 13 days after hatching and the dad left after the chicks started flying at four weeks of age. The last three weeks were a period of winding down the monitoring as the chicks moved up and down the beach and even over to the islands. They were harder to keep track of but we wanted to

keep tabs on them so we would know for sure when they left. Our core volunteers kept at it and the last chick was seen on Monday, Aug. 15th, seven weeks after hatching. We had done it, helped a fragile endangered species raise a family and see them on their way south! They are on their own now and we hope they will prosper. Normally that would be the end of the story until we see what 2017 brings. But because each bird has a unique coloured band and through the magic of internet and some dedicated volunteers, we do know the mother spent

the winter down in Florida. She was photographed and posted on Facebook and two of our volunteers found her! She was on an island sandbar off Tampa Bay. Only time will tell if any of our birds will come back to Presqu’ile and whether we will continue to host baby plovers, but 2016 was a remarkable year with a remarkable achievement. It was one that was possible only through the help of 49 different individuals that spent 700+ person-hours on the beach and talked to scores of people about what a special event was unfolding on Presqu’ile Beach. A job well done and a big THANK YOU to all.

Building enclosure over nest.

Plover Monitors keeping an eye on the chicks.

D. Bree

K. Spence

Exploration Tent


ith increasing demand for roofed accommodation, Presqu’ile is pleased to be able to offer another camping option in 2017. An Exploration Tent has been situated on campsite 155 in Maples. This tent is a large canvas structure with a wooden frame and deck and is best described as a canvas-sided cabin. Inside is a large sleeping platform with 4 mattresses, table and chairs and storage shelf. You are still camping, so you need to bring your own bedding, dishes, and cookware. The Exploration Tent can be reserved through our normal online or telephone system (see page 18) and rents for $97.18 a night, taxes included.

Exploration Tent interior.

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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 2017 operating season! We hope that you have an enjoyable camping experience and a relaxing holiday. The park staff strives to keep your visit safe, clean, and comfortable. We understand how precious your vacation time is, and we want to assist in making your experience the best it can be. When you see us out in the park, please say hello and let us know if there is anything we can do to make your visit even better. 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, a swim at the beach, and keep your eyes peeled for the many different kinds of wildlife that call Presqu’ile home. You can finish off your busy day with an ice cream at our Park Store. The Park is very excited this year about the paving of the bicycle path from the Park Store to the Camp Office. We hope that our cyclists and visitors will take advantage of this path instead of travelling along the road on the dangerous curve. We are also making some exciting improvements to our infrastructure this year. Due to the success of the Clarke-Denson Cottage, Presqu’ile Provincial Park will be offering an Exploration Tent for rent in 2017. This new roofed accommodation will provide many of the benefits of a cabin experience, without the cabin price tag. The Exploration Tent will be located in the Maples campground on site 155. Over the past few years, the Friends of Presqu’ile have done a fantastic job at rebuilding and renewing the boardwalk sections of our trails. I urge all of our visitors to hike the trails and take a look at the excellent work completed by this group of volunteers. I also urge you to support the Friends through a donation or by volunteering. This group has done so much to improve the visitors’ experience at the park, and they can always use your support. 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. The park is also very pleased with the recent success of Piping Plovers at Presqu’ile. In 2016 three chicks were successfully raised, and we hope to see the birds return during 2017. Please see pages 2 & 3 for the full story. 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 Provincial 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. Once again, enjoy your stay. Sincerely Rob Cunningham, Park Superintendent Presqu’ile and Ferris Provincial Parks

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

This Beach is for the Birds Too

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

Here’s what not to do


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.

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 Barrier-Free Sites. The Marsh Boardwalk, Nature Centre and Lighthouse Interpretive Centre are also wheelchair accessible. A new All-Terrain Wheelchair is available for loan at the Main Gate. A new accessible boardwalk has been built from the Beach 1 NEW parking area onto the beach.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Laundry Facilities Two washers ($2) and two dryers ($2.50) are available at Maples Comfort Station. Pre-measured soap packages can be purchased at the camp office and park store. 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

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one image at a time.

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

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Lawn Bowling and Croquet Monday and Tuesday evenings in the heart of Brighton

Lawn Bowling and Croquet

The Brighton Lawn Bowling and Croquet Club invites Presqu’ile campers to join us 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 singles. Monday and Tuesday evenings No equipment needed, just bring yourself.

in 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 what All levels welcome, age of 12 and 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 town.” Don fun for all ages,” says clubinpresident Oakley. “It also gives campers a chance more Croquet is played Mondays atto enjoy 6 p.m., of what Brighton has to offer. Come early and check lawn bowling Tuesdays at 6 maybe p.m..grab The out the shops on Main St.. Afterward, an clubhouse is justorbehind Memorial Park ice cream, coffee dinner in the town.” Croquet playedSt., Mondays at 6 p.m., bowling gazebo offisMain between the lawn CIBC and Tuesdays at 6 p.m.. The clubhouse is just behind the the Beer Store, with plenty of free parking Memorial Park gazebo off Main St., between the CIBC beside forward to playing and theSobeys. Beer Store,We withlook plenty of free parking beside Sobeys. We look forward to playing with you. with you.

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

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

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

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The Friends of Presqu’ile Park


ach year the Park chooses a theme to guide programs and create a focus for activities. We have always believed in our Vision and it guides us as we look to the future.

Our V ision

The Friends of Presqu’ile Park view Presqu’ile Provincial Park as a valued and irreplaceable asset that should provide learning, recreational, and conservation opportunities for all. We are an organization that believes above all that the natural heritage of this unique area must be preserved and protected for future generations to enjoy. Since inception in 1988, The Friends have undertaken many activities designed with the future in mind. We are proud to contribute in three key areas; education, environmental initiatives, and selected infrastructure projects. Throughout this edition of the Information Guide you will read about activities designed to ensure our youth and adults will be able to understand the impact they and nature have on each other, both now and for years to come. The Friends’ Kids ‘n Nature School Group Programs include offerings to schools and organizations by conducting interpretive sessions throughout the Park and also in classroom and seminar settings. In July and August, four separate five-day Kids ‘n Nature Summer Day Camps are run with various themes ensuring our youth have an appreciation for nature. They learn how important our environment is to all of us, both today and looking into the future. Our ongoing support of Natural Heritage Education (NHE) is on full display at the

Nature Centre where you can interact up-close with various species carefully collected and cared for by our Nature Centre staff and Park NHE summer students. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about our surroundings and be sure to join in the interpretive walks and talks offered all summer long by the Park’s NHE staff. The Friends are very pleased to help with the financial support of these Park staff members. A collaborative project with Ontario Parks and Laurentian University, based on scientific research, has concluded with the installation of protective barriers to prevent turtles, frogs, snakes, and other critters from migrating over the roads where they are in jeopardy of being killed by an ever increasing volume for vehicular traffic. Underpasses have been installed to permit the determined critters safe movement to and from their fragmented habitat. Various endangered species now have a chance to survive into the future. Other environmental activities include ongoing support for both Common Tern research and predator deterrent fencing to promote expansion of the only natural colony on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Additionally, last summer The Friends’ volunteers joined other community members in welcoming and protecting the Piping Plovers who nested for the first time in 100 years. Everyone is excited by the prospects of them returning in 2017. Please see article on Page 2 for more details. If you enjoy hiking the trails at Presqu’ile we hope you enjoy and appreciate the new and repaired sections on the Pioneer and Newcastle Trails jointly updated by our volunteers along with the maintenance crews from the Park. Also be sure to say hello if you come upon our trail monitors. This program started a few years ago to ensure our trails are kept clean of litter and that they are cleared of branches which might be a tripping hazard. We encourage you to walk the Marsh Boardwalk and Jobes’ Woods Trails. Both are pleasant and interesting ways to immerse yourself in two unique habitats at Presqu’ile. As you read more in this Information Guide you will learn of the countless volunteer hours provided by many who care about Presqu’ile and give their time to help raise funds in support of our educational and environmental


Looking to the Future C. Birch

initiatives. Please consider pitching in by enjoying lunch at any of our Saturday and Special Event Barbeques or by purchasing interesting keepsakes from The Friends’ Lighthouse Gift Shop. If you would like to receive a tax receipt for a donation we would be very pleased to receive your contributions to our 25th Anniversary Environmental Fund, established to ensure that over the upcoming quarter century there will always be some funds available to help the environment at Presqu’ile. This initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure Presqu’ile is preserved and protected for future generations to enjoy. Our way of ‘Looking to the Future’. On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of The Friends of Presqu’ile,

I wish you a wonderful visit and encourage you to explore the many interesting trails and interpretive venues in the Park. If you would like to know more about us, please visit our website where you will find information about our organization, how to join, and how to donate. Thanks for visiting and I hope to have a chance to speak to you in person at a BBQ or other activity in 2017. Regards

Stephen R. Sinclair Chair, The Friends of Presqu’ile Park

FR EE WiFi The Lighthouse Interpretive Centre 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.

26th Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show T. Amsden

The Friends’ main fund-raiser, Christmas at Presqu’ile, proved to be a great success. Our energetic volunteer committee have reviewed the 2016 experience, considered suggestions for improvement, and they are already preparing for the 2017 show. It provides support for our educational and environmental projects in the Park. As our regular visitors 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 rum cake); and the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre is transformed into an art gallery, featuring work of our signature artists. The Friends’ Lighthouse Gift Shop is also open for those last minute stocking stuffers. When exhibitors’ submissions begin to arrive, they undergo a careful jurying process to ensure adherence to standards of quality. Late in September, Park staff and volunteers transform the Nature Centre into the Christmas House. In midOctober, committee members oversee three days of intake during which Some comments from our visitors: ‘Very enjoyable and well presented.’ ‘You people make this a fun day.’ ‘We had a great day shopping.’

T. Amsden

time over 150 exhibitors deliver their creations. Volunteers then spend several days displaying these creations in the Christmas House - this process generates much excitement as we realize that the show will soon begin. About 250 volunteers help to make the show a success. Duties such as organizing prizes, selling raffle tickets, greeting visitors during the show, directing customers to car parks, and serving in the

Tea Room are all essential to the smooth running and eventual success of the show. Nor can we overlook the generosity of our exhibitors, many of whom donate items as prizes for the raffle. If you have not yet attended Christmas at Presqu’ile, we urge you to join our large number of regular visitors who find unique, quality Christmas gifts for the whole family. It will be held this year on November 4, 5, 8, 11, and 12. See you there! FREE entry to Presqu’ile Park and to the Show. FREE parking.

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Kids ’n Nature School Group Program

S. Keelan-Bishop

Students learn about critters in the marsh.

Understanding biodiversity in Presqu’ile Park Did you know educators can bring the Presqu’ile experience to their classroom for FREE? Developed and funded by The Friends of Presqu’ile Park, in cooperation with Presqu’ile Provincial Park, the Kids ‘n Nature program aims to create an understanding of biodiversity for students in Kindergarten through Grade 7 using two key elements: In-class visit: An interpreter will visit the classroom, to introduce them to Presqu’ile’s biodiversity and 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 curriculumbased, half-day program where they will explore a habitat and complete their ‘mission’ during their visit. Below is a list of grades and topic areas to choose from: Kindergarten: Exploring the Natural World Grade 1: The Needs of Living Things Grade 2: Growth and Changes in Animals

Grade 4: Habitats and Communities Grade 6: Biodiversity Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment Groups may choose to participate in the in-park and/or the in-school portion. Through these authentic learning experiences, students will take away a connection to nature and an optimistic outlook on the relationship between humans and the environment. To book a Kids ‘n Nature School Group Program, click on the green ‘Sign Up Now’ button on our webpage: For inquiries, please contact us via e-mail:

Teachers’ comments about our 2016 program: ‘We LOVED our trip to Presqu’ile and can’t wait to send you our thanks. We learned a lot - many kids said that was their best trip all year - and we have done our fair share of trips.’ ‘We had a terrific day and look forward to returning next year!’

A camper for many years, Ethan Cook remembers Kids ‘n Nature Day Camps

After attending the Kids ‘n Nature camp for multiple years I have gained so many amazing experiences and learned so much about animals and the environment in the Presqu’ile Provincial Park that I will remember for many years. Over the few years I attended the Camp I have explored much of what Presqu’ile Provincial Park has to offer including visiting the many trails and beaches that are in The Park as well as visiting the two learning centers that teach about the Park’s history and about the animals and plants that inhabit Presqu’ile. During the camp we would partake in several activities relating to the things or the topic that we learned about that day. These activities would include many crafts mostly taking place in the picnic shelter. Either after or before doing these crafts we would do games and other activities outside of the picnic shelter including games like Huckle Buckle or animal based games. We would also walk to the Park’s Nature Centre and while we were there we would be able to explore all of the animals that live in the Park as well as the plants that grow in the Park. One of my most memorable experiences going to the camp was searching the fossil beach that is beside the Nature Centre to find all sorts of different fossils. Another

C. Birch

Summer Day Camp

Attention parents and grandparents! Looking for an amazing outdoor experience for your 8 to 14 year old this summer? We invite kids who are camping at Presqu’ile, staying at a cottage or who live nearby to attend one of our five-day Kids ‘n Nature Summer Day Camps. Kids will enjoy learning about Presqu’ile’s natural and cultural history as they explore 5 different habitats through hiking, games, crafts, and educational activities. Chose from our four themes this year: July 17 to 21: Treasure Island Land ho! Experience Presqu’ile through the eyes of the infamous Pirate Bill Johnson who knew these waters like no other. Hone your map reading skills and bring your finest telescope to help search for hidden treasure as we take the plunge into Presqu’ile’s exciting naval history. July 31 to August 3: Lilypad Leapers A ‘ribbeting’ week awaits as you explore Presqu’ile’s aquatic habitats to learn all about the plants and animals that live there. Catch a tadpole in the marsh, then cool yourself off in the lake while learning all about lifecycles and how everything is connected. August 14 to 18: Animal Planet Prepare to be amazed as you discover, learn, and get up close and personal with the creatures all around you. Immerse yourself in the sounds of the forest or make a

splash in the marsh, just make sure to remember your rubber boots. Let’s get wild. August 21 to 25: Presqu’ile Olympics Swim, hop, or leap to compete to be Presqu’ile’s top athlete. On your journey to the podium learn how animals struggle against each other for the resources they need to survive. Cost per child per week is $130. For more information and registration forms, please contact The Friends of Presqu’ile by calling 613 475 1688, ext. 3, e-mailing kidsn.nature@, or visiting

Here are some quotes from parents ‘I really love this camp for the kids. It’s fun, educational and I love that they are outdoors. Also, I am so impressed with all the camp counselors. They were wonderful with the kids, organized and very thoughtful.’ ‘I am grateful that my daughter had this experience. This camp provided an opportunity for creativity, activity, learning, friendship and fun. It was very well organized, leaders were qualified, enthusiastic and positive role models.’ ‘Camp leaders always met you with a smile, always said hello and goodbye, and were very helpful. Always felt my grandson was safe and watched over. Excellent program and will return on another adventure...’

Kids ‘n Nature Summer Campers, 2016

C. Birch

of my favourite things that we did in one of the camps was going to the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre and learning all about the history of the lighthouse and the history of different pirates that interacted with Presqu’ile including looking at an indepth model of the lighthouse and looking through a model of a shipwreck. Some of the greatest days of camp that would always be favourites of most of the kids attending would be the days we would go to the beach. These beach days would be filled with playing games on the beach as well as building sand castles or building structures out of rocks on the rock beach. Sometimes we would go to the sand beaches and explore the dunes to find all sorts of creature tracks and other things left by the animals of Presqu’ile. Other times we would spend most of the time swimming or playing games like beach soccer. I remember often having a lot of waves to jump into during swim time. The last year I went to the camp we went to the rock beach which had a nicer beach experience. It was close to the picnic shelter allowing us to walk all of our stuff across the street and be right at the beach instead of taking longer walks between places. After all of the experiences I had during the Kids ‘n Nature Camp at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about nature while having immense amounts of fun meeting new people. The entire camp was an amazing experience that I will remember for many years to come. Ethan Cook, Winchester, Ontario

The Friends of Presqu’ile Park

The ‘face’ of our organization

Volunteer of the Year

J. Alker

The Friends’ Lighthouse Gift Shop

The Gift Shop has always been part of the activities of The Friends of Presqu’ile. Since the very beginning, it has been the ‘face’ of our organization. In 2001, the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre was officially opened and The Friends’ Lighthouse Gift Shop was given a permanent home. It continues to this day to be a major source of revenue for The Friends of Presqu’ile. We carry The Friends’ publications, clothing, nature books, patches and pins, games and puzzles, jewellery, binoculars, cards, and many more useful and surprising gifts.

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. 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

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 4 pm, and otherwise by appointment. Call 613 475 1688. SUMMER: 7 days a week, from Canada Day weekend until Labour Day weekend, from 10 am to 5 pm. FALL: Every weekend until Thanksgiving, from 10 am to 4 pm, and during Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show, from 10 am to 5 pm. Each year, over 22,000 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 come in and browse – we always have special offers throughout the summer. For more information please call us at 613 475 1688 or drop in for a chat.. 100% OF PROCEEDS of The Friends’ Gift Shop sales remain in Presqu’ile Park to further The Friends’ educational objectives.

Joan Selwood received The John Cole Award at 2016 Annual General Meeting

Doing something for the first time with people you’ve never met before can be a bit intimidating so it was, with my nerves jangling a little, that I set off one August morning to Presqu’ile Park. Boardwalk building was in my future! The first job was to prepare the planks and load the trailer to take things out to the job site. We soon settled into a rhythm of carrying wood into the maintenance shed, chop sawing to correct length, and then stacking into the trailer. Then off to the section of boardwalk to be extended. We established who wanted to do what and rotated things during the day so that no one got bored doing one thing all the time. It became a fun co-operative effort with suggestions made, tested by the group, and used or, in some cases, modified. Occasionally something didn’t work out, but the whole process was hugely positive. By this time, I’m having a really good time and so is everyone else. Building a simple boardwalk through trees over undulating terrain poses plenty of challenges but we solved them all.

Volunteering is all about helping to accomplish a task, complete a job or even assist in an event, all of this just by your own free will. If you volunteer you shouldn’t get paid, the reason why you volunteer is because you want to make a difference in your life, in the community, and for future generations. I am fairly new to Canada, as my family and I emigrated here from England two and a half years ago, and since then we have definitely adapted to the new life. We left all of our family behind in England, we still keep in contact, but since I started volunteering with The Friends of Presqu’ile I think I now have a second family.

Hi, I’m Ryan Pearce, a proud volunteer at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, and I’m going to explain what it takes to be a volunteer, what a difference it can make, and what volunteering means to me.

I am young volunteer that simply wanted to help the community, and Presqu’ile offered so many opportunities. I was always a shy young boy who was afraid to talk to people, but that definitely changed. The volunteers at Presqu’ile welcomed me and were truly kind and caring.

It doesn’t take much to be a volunteer, all you need is some determination. By volunteering you can make a difference in your surroundings, meet wonderful people, and especially have fun with whatever you’re doing.

Ryan Pearce

Have you ever thought about volunteering… if only you knew where?

Each year, we honour our Volunteer of the Year with the presentation of The John Cole Award, and at our AGM in June 2016, this award was presented to Joan Selwood, a long-standing member who ‘flies under the radar’. Joan joined The Friends in 2002 and was quickly adopted by the Christmas at Presqu’ile team. She is part of the hard working team, and she can be found in the Tea Room throughout the show that takes place in November. As well, Joan volunteers in the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre and at the various outof-Park events that The Friends attend, such at Brighton History Weekend in February. A few years ago, Joan spent much time researching and putting together the history of the 4 cottages in the Park (information can be found on our website). Many congratulations to Joan.

A foundation for the future

‘I now have a second family’

Ryan Pearce


Joan Selwood

P. Alker

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Now I have made many friends, by simply wanting to make a difference. I have helped out with a few events such as the Presqu’ile tent at Applefest and Christmas at Presqu’ile; there were so many moments to remember.

P. Ramsden

Volunteer builders.

By the end of the first day we had built 50 feet of trail and laid the foundation for another 20 feet. Our goal for the project was about 110 feet. Our second day we completed the challenging section that bent around a couple of trees. It was very satisfying to step back, look at what we’d built, and know that for years to come Park visitors would use it, never knowing the fun we had building it. What I didn’t realise at the time was that I had just joined a group that, over the years, has materially changed the face of Presqu’ile Park. Our simple stretch of boardwalk has a long past. When you walk through the Park visit the Marsh Boardwalk. It was built by volunteer labour brought together by The Friends of Presqu’ile Park, and it was funded by donations collected by The Friends. It’s now a perfect example of what can be done by a determined group of people who really care about the Park. And Jobes’ Woods Trail is now a great walk through the woods, because of the boardwalk. Again, it happened because The Friends made it happen, in cooperation with the Park staff. We are fortunate to be working with such good people. Park staff guide and support our efforts right through the process. They make equipment available and they help us succeed at every level of the organisation. So, my little foray into boardwalk building turned out to be something larger than I had imagined. It doesn’t stop there. I’m sure there are plenty of projects both large and small to come. It appears that we have been building a foundation for the future. Peter Ramsden


The Friends of Presqu’ile Park

Where does the money go?

Fund-raising helps us build a better future

R. Collins

We are always talking about money. We ask you for money by offering membership of The Friends. If you aren’t a member, perhaps you would like to join - it’s only $20 per family per year. We run fund-raising events like Christmas at Presqu’ile, we run the Lighthouse Gift Shop, and hold BBQs. As well, we solicit grants and ask for donations. All this amounts to a sizeable sum every year. Why? Because all this effort allows us to provide things in The Park that otherwise wouldn’t be available, making your visit even more memorable. Our mission focuses on education and conservation. Look no further than the articles about Kids ‘n Nature in this issue to see the range of educational programs that otherwise wouldn’t happen without The Friends. We also help fund research programs like the ongoing Common Tern study (see page 20), tree planting, protecting wildlife and habitat, and other projects within Presqu’ile Park. The money you help us raise allows us to hire qualified people to do research and to run programs where we need more qualified resources than our volunteer group can provide. This is important long-term work and some of the monies The Friends of Presqu’ile provide comes from our 25th Anniversary Environmental Fund, structured to ensure that monies will be available well into the future. Following on from our successful boardwalk projects, namely The Marsh Boardwalk and Jobes’ Woods Trail, volunteers of The Friends continue to work at maintaining and extending the boardwalk system through the Park. It is completely volunteer driven. So you ask, ‘why do you need money for the program?’ Well, our volunteers, talented as they are, need materials. We’ve not mastered the loaves and fishes trick yet. All the new sections of boardwalk which you’ll see in the Park were built by donations with volunteer labour. In 2015, The Friends of Presqu’ile spent $87,000 in the Park and contributed 14,000 volunteer hours. With more money we can make sure that the future is more secure and we will be able do even more than we do today. 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, 2017, 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, Corporate Secretary David Crouch, Treasurer Tim Lawley, Janine McClintock Phil McRae, Vice Chair Peter Ramsden, Ian Savill Steve Sinclair, Chair

.................................................................................. 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.

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 donation, please • T  here are provisions for taxpayers with large take note of the following: incomes (over $200,000) to receive additional • The Friends of Presqu’ile Park is a registered credits for charitable donations. charity and will issue receipts for all donations • T  here is a special provision for a taxpayer making over $10 or on request. a charitable donation for the very first time.

• A donation can only be claimed if a taxpayer Before making a large charitable donation to The has taxable income. However it may be carried Friends, or any other charity, you should consult forward for up to 5 yrs. with your tax/financial advisors. • In Ontario, a donation might result in tax savings Remember, for a charitable donation to be claimed from 20.05% of the amount of the donation up on a tax return for 2017, it must be received by the to 40.16% if the total donations exceed $200. charity before December 31, 2017.

Acknowledge a job well done

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

Thank you to our 2016 Bursary Partners:

REPORT INVASIVE SPECIES Invasive species threaten our parks. Learn how to stop the invasion at Follow #invasionON

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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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

Over the years, we have seen the deterioration of our Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse. While there were some discussions and studies done in the past, there was no formal structure put in place to stop this deterioration. Finally a group of dedicated volunteers got together and formulated a plan to work with Ontario Parks to restore our lighthouse. The Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse Preservation Society (PPLPS) is a nonprofit organization created in 2012 to repair and refurbish the Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse and to promote our Lighthouse as a heritage icon for the community of Brighton and for the many thousands that visit this wonderful destination. The objective of PPLPS is to evaluate the condition of the lighthouse; determine the steps that are required to arrest the deterioration of the building, both internally and externally; and work with other agencies to bring it back to the beautiful and commanding presence

What a Great 2016 Gala

Wow… what a successful November evening we had in our 2016 Gala fundraiser. The community’s support was overwhelming… we had great sponsors, great donors and equally important, great attendees that certainly opened up their wallets that

evening. The night would not have been successful without the help of so many volunteers…. And we certainly appreciate their efforts. When the expenses were disbursed, our final profit came in at over $30,000. And, that was just fantastic.

For lots of photos of our Gala event or other activities, please visit our website at or There is a lot of great news on the website, including our ongoing newsletters and updates on the engineering status of proposed preservation plans for the lighthouse.

Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Calendar of Events – 2017 (please check our website to confirm dates and information)

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

it once enjoyed. We are well under way having, sponsored recent preliminary evaluations and hope to start a Request For Proposal for the actual preservation work shortly. And of course, we continue to raise funds to support our efforts and that is where you can help.

March 25 and 26: Waterfowl Weekend, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. May 20 and 21: Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend, starting at 6:30 am. June 3: Annual General Meeting at Stonehedge, Details to be confirmed. June 10, 17, and 24: Spring Walks July 1 to September 3: Summer Interpretive Program – daily programs. August 5 and 6: History Weekend, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. September 2 and 3: Monarchs and Migrants Weekend, starting at 8:00 am. September 10 to 23: Fall Interpretive Program – select weekends. November 4 and 4, 8, 11 and 12: 26th Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show – Free entry to Presqu’ile Park and 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 on events, visit The Friends of Presqu’ile Park’s website at or contact Presqu’ile Provincial Park at 613 475 4324, ext 225.

Lighthouse and Foghorn Station circa 1935.

Become a Member If you would like to further support our efforts to restore the Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse, please visit our website at and become a member and/or make a donation. Our Not-For-Profit incorporation CRA number is 834494437. The individual or family membership fee is $20.00 per year. Corporate memberships of $100.00 or $500.00 may also be purchased. And of course, donations of any amount will be graciously accepted. By purchasing a membership, it not only allows us to raise a few dollars, but more importantly, it is an expression of your support to our cause of restoring the Presqu’ile Point Lighthouse. Please show your support by becoming a “KOPPLA” keeper.

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

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

Re ser vat ions

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

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

Non-R eservable Sites The following campsites are first come first serve: Campground Campsite Series Maples 125-168


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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.

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.

Fall Camping Between Labour Day and October 9, 2017, five of Presqu’ile’s campgrounds are open for shoulder season use. All sites in High Bluff, Pines, Maples, Lakeside and Trail’s End campgrounds are reservable for the fall.

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

After October 9, 2017, electricity, water, and comfort stations are shut down and campgrounds are closed.

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.

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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A Good Tern

2017 Tern Researcher at work. The stick on the hat keeps the terns from dive-bombing.


Their early work showed that almost no baby terns were surviving. Cameras placed in the colony found that Black-crowned Night-Herons, and to a lesser extent Herring Gulls, were eating all the babies. In 2013 an experimental grid system of wire was placed over the colony. This was found to be effective at keeping the larger predators out and most chicks survived to fly away. The grid was adopted as part of the park management of this species in 2015 and its use was expanded. This expansion had the added benefit of increasing the number of terns nesting here. 158 nests were present in 2015, an 80% increase from years prior to the grid being used. Not all nests were within the grid, however, and there was a marked difference in how many chicks survived inside compared to outside the grid.

A. Parker

or the last nine summers Drs. Steve Oswald and Jennifer Arnold from Penn State University and their family have been coming to Presqu’ile. While the kids might be on vacation, the couple are here to work. They have been studying the Common Tern colony on Gull Island. This colony is unique in the lower Great Lakes, being the only long-used colony on a natural, rather than a man-made (breakwaters etc.), structure. The Common Tern has also shown a marked decline across its North American range. Their research, which has been supported in part by grants from the Friends of Presqu’ile, has been instrumental in the protection of this declining species.

Tern colony protection grid – Gull Island.

There is no doubt that work by Drs. Oswald and Arnold has greatly increased the long-term survival of Common Terns at Presqu’ile and helped this declining species keep its Ontario populations healthy, thus doing a good turn for us all.

A. Parker

Last summer saw an expansion of the grid, though tern protection took a step back when remote cameras saw a Great Horned Owl within the grid eating chicks! How did such a large bird get inside and how was it able to leave? No answer to those questions has been forthcoming yet but modification made to the grid may have helped as the owl seemed to leave and with the larger colony, chick productivity was still good.

A New Era Dawns at Presqu’ile


etter late than never, some would say. Presqu’ile has finally entered the world of Social Media. We got a Facebook page and Twitter account in March 2016 and an Instagram account in July 2016. These accounts are official park accounts, but we share them with the Friends of Presqu’ile Park. In fact both Facebook and Twitter rely heavily on the Friends’ co-editors for content. Our Instagram account is managed by seasonal staffer Kristen Osborne, who is our Nature Centre Coordinator during the summer. She did a great job all last summer posting a picture a day and continues to send out pictures periodically through her off-season. We anticipate a fine selection of interesting photos coming again daily in summer 2017.

Baby Terns in a bag await their bands.

A. Parker


There is no doubt that Social Media is the communication medium of our age and getting Presqu’ile out there helps by raising our profile, communicating management messages (i.e. Fire Ban last summer), advertising our programs and just letting people know about some of the neat stories happening in the park year-round. At the time of writing an average post on Facebook was reaching over 1000 people and popular posts on owls or Piping Plovers could reach almost 24,000. The drawback to running these accounts is they do need constant content to keep them relevant. Our Friends’ co-editors obviously help a lot but if you see something of interest in the park or take a photo you want to share please feel free to pass it along to and we can share it online on one or all of our accounts. And of course please join the conversation on our Social Media sites.

Facebook can be found at Twitter is at Instagram is at

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Presqu’ile Provincial Park

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What’s New around the Park We have been able to make some upgrades and improvements to our infrastructure and services in order to make your visit more enjoyable. The new flat-screens in the gate houses have hopefully caught your eye. They are there to help update you on conditions and management messages when you arrived and maybe show a pretty picture or two. Also we have improved the bicycle path from the Park Store corner to the Camp Office parking lot. This corner has no bike lane and we strongly encourage bicyclists and walkers alike to take this path and not the main road. This is a much safer option and we strongly believe will keep a major accident from happening on this corner. D. Bree

We are also excited to offer barrier free access to beach one. Through a partnership with the municipality and the Friends, a 150 meter accessible boardwalk can now get those with limited mobility out onto the beach. This year also introduces a new option in camping at Presqu’ile. Site 155 in Maples now has an Exploration Tent on it. This is like a canvas cabin and offers a little more comfort and convenience for our visitors. More details on this roofed accommodation option can be found on page 3.

Building new bike path.

What’s in Your Shoebox?


f you and your family have been coming to Presqu’ile Provincial Park for many years, you probably have photos of the Park in that shoebox. We are Brighton Digital Archives and we are looking for photos of local historical interest – of Presqu’ile Provincial Park and the Municipality of Brighton. Can you help us?

If your photos or documents portray the Park before the 1970s and thus would fit within our archives, we would like to scan them and put them on our website at Along with credit on the website, the items are returned to you, along with a digital copy. There is no charge to participate. We also offer a scanning service for photos that would not necessarily fit into our archive but are important to you and your family. There is a small charge for this service and we would be pleased to offer you a quotation. All funds raised support the Brighton Digital Archives. Interested in helping? Contact one of our all-volunteer team via email at, or give Fletch 613.475.4427 or Catherine 613.475.1323 a call.

Turtle Research Update – 2017 Installing turtle fencing at park store.

D. Bree

With the instillation of the turtle fencing around the park store corner in summer 2016, our full harm reduction plan is now in place. There are turtle tunnels under the road, fencing along the roadside to funnel animals to the tunnels and nesting pads to entice turtles to nest before crossing the road. Hopefully this system will reduce the number of turtles, frogs and other small creatures being killed in the park. But will it really work? Luckily we have Ph.D. candidate Sean Boyle coming back for a fifth year to answer that question. His previous four years of work have provided a fantastic baseline of data that can be used to compare to what happens this year. Sean and his assistant will be out on the roadsides all summer long in their yellow vests, so drive carefully for all concerned.

The Turtle nesting pads proved successful in 2016.

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Presqu’ile Provincial Park


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 July 1 and September 4, 10 am to 4 pm.

At the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre

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

At an interpretive program

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

Or on your own

Experience nature first hand by joining us on one of our summer programs.

D. Bree

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 wit h 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

Carding wool at one of our programs.

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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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Access Prohibited to Gull Island, High Bluff Island and the waters 200 meters from their shorelines between March 10 and September 10 inclusive

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Marsh Boardwalk Trail

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Kiteboarding and Boardsailing Area

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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

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

First Aid

In An Emergency



Walking Trail


Park Office/Friends Office

Private Property

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Area

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


Presqu’ile Provincial Park 2017 Information Guide  

Presqu’ile Provincial Park 2017 Information Guide