2018 Bursary Winners
2018 BURSARY WINNERS
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park sponsors an annual bursary program to recognize the efforts of the fine young people who work as summer student employees in Presqu’ile Park. We received many examples of extraordinary dedication and stellar customer service from the nominations. Here are our winners.
The Friends invited student employees to apply for our $1,000. Career Bursary if they were following a course of study at the post-secondary level that might lead to a career in the Parks system.
Congratulations go to Rachel Siblock, the
October 4, 2018 - Bev Cook
27th Annual Christmas at Presqu'ile Arts and Crafts show
Christmas at Presqu'ile, one of Eastern Ontario's premier juried Arts and Craft Shows, returns for the 27th year on November 3rd. The show runs for five days - November 3,4,7,10 and 11, 2018 in beautiful Presqu'ile Provincial Park.
Over 140 local artisans and crafters have been carefully selected to showcase their talents this year. You will find beautiful pottery, hand crafted jewelry, Christmas crafts, knitted goods, baby gifts, wall hangings, stained glass, wreaths, baked goods and housewares. Among the new products this year are wire creations, paintings and photos on
October 4, 2018
Trail and Construction Volunteer Activities
Trail and Construction Volunteer Activities – Larry Paradis
Since early June the Friends of Presqu’ile Park Trail and Construction Volunteer Group have been busy with various projects within the Park. These projects have been taken on in order to promote and enhance the experience of Park visitors to the Park and protect the Park environment. Working with Park Staff and utilizing the workshop, equipment and facilities has been a huge asset in making these projects a success.
Activities have included refurbishing the Lighthouse viewing platform, including a bench where one
October 4, 2018 - Larry Paradis
The NHE Summer of 2018
The NHE Summer of 2018 – by David Bree
The summer of 2018 will probably be remembered for the number of hot, humid days that extended from May into September. Such weather certainly encouraged people to come to the park and our attendance was indeed up in 2018! It didn’t hurt that the beach was in the best shape it has been for a number of years. The high water last year did a great job of depositing clean sand on the beach.
While the beach and park was busy, the NHE programs had about average attendance and some days seemed very slow, it was just too hot and humid to move
October 4, 2018 - David Bree
Accessible Beach Walkway Project
ACCESSIBLE BEACH WALKWAY PROJECT
For those who have ventured to Beach 1 in the Park, you will have noticed a bright blue mat snaking its way along the trail to the beach. This mat will allow visitors with mobility challenges and families with strollers and wagons to easily navigate their way to the water.
This project is proof that many willing partners can accomplish great things. Originally identified as a priority by Brighton’s Accessibility Advisory Committee; the project received seed funding from the municipality in 2017. However flooding prevented the project from going
October 4, 2018
Changing the Fortunes of the Common Tern
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Presqu’ile between May and August, just take a moment to stop and listen along the shoreline and you will be rewarded by the shrill cry keeuri-keeuri-keeuri of Common Terns foraging just offshore. These beautiful waterbirds are about the size of a blue-jay but are rarely seen on land, spending most of their time over the water and, in the winter, off the coast of Peru.
Despite their name, populations of Common Terns are in continuous decline across inland regions of North America, with up to 42% decline in parts of Ontario since the 1980s, most
July 20, 2018
Summer 2018 Well Underway
Summer 2018 has started out much different from 2017. For starters we have a beach! Last year’s high water has actually helped the beach situation having deposited a great deal of sand on the beach. So now, even with the water still a bit above long term average, the beach is high and dry and a big hit with visitors. Unfortunately the Piping Plovers did not return this year. Our female from 2016 did nest at Darlington and paid a brief visit to her old neighbourhood here at Presqu’ile from July 8th to the 13th before moving on.
This year is Ontario Parks' 125th
July 16, 2018 - David Bree
Life Membership Awards 2018
2018 Life Member Awards
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park
The Board of Directors of the Friends of Presqu’ile Park is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018 Life Membership Award. Life Memberships are granted to those individuals who have demonstrated significant, sustained and high-quality volunteer service over a period of years. Life Members reflect a dedication to the values of the Friends.
For 2018, two couples have been added to the ranks of Life Members. Congratulations to John and Eileen Cockburn and Brian and Nancy Sutton. Both couples began their
June 28, 2018
Welcome New Board Members
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park recently held elections for the Board of Directors. Four members of the Board are continuing into a subsequent year in their terms. They are: Bev Cook, David Crouch, Tim Lawley, and Phil McRae. Two new Directors were elected at the AGM; they are Larry Paradis and Donal Gray.
Larry Paradis and his wife Carole moved to Presqu’ile a year and a half ago from Squamish, BC. Larry spent the last 12 years as Operations Manager for the Sea to Sky Highway Project. Previous to that, Larry was the Operations Manager for Miller Maintenance
June 28, 2018