NEW | Black Friday Calendar Sale
A new fundraising project for us this year is our 2022 calendar.
A group of volunteers ran a photo contest in April, and chose 14 photos of Presqu'ile's scenery and wildlife to be featured in the calendar.
As the end of the year approaches, we'd like to remind you that calendars are still available. The price is $20. There are 3 ways to purchase a calendar:
Online via our website: https://www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca/fundraising-calendar.php, where there is also a bulk discount for 3 or more, and a flat shipping fee of $5.
In person at Presqu'ile's Main
November 24, 2021
NEW | Brighton Holiday Parade
On Friday, November 19, we participated in Brighton's Holiday Parade.
This was a static parade, allowing viewers to walk or drive by the displays. There was a steady stream of traffic for the full 2 hours.
The Friends of Presqu'ile Park float featured a tourist looking for animals in a wintery park scene. The comically large binoculars helped him spot a deer, a fox, a coyote, and a mallard duck! Do you remember Marsha the duck from our boardwalk fundraising campaign in the late 2000's? Kids were delighted by the dancing duck and adults were appreciative of the
November 24, 2021
2021 Annual Raffle Winners
Winners for our 2021 raffle were drawn on Sunday October 31 at the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre during a Facebook live stream. 866 tickets were sold.
Friends Board Director Phil McRae recognized Presqu'ile Park Place and it's owner Deric Perry for promoting the raffle and selling tickets. Deric was presented with a certificate of appreciation. Phil also thanked Friends Board Director Wayne Meyers and his wife Sandra Meyers for organizing the raffle and selling tickets at park events all summer.
The Friends would also like to thank volunteers Bob Engley, Phil McRae,
October 31, 2021
2021 Park Update
The Park has seen another very busy year with lots of new visitors looking to come out and explore Presqu’ile. The new pilot program for daily vehicle reservations is working well and has prevented most of the large line-ups that we saw last summer. This system has also reduced the overcrowding and over-use the park saw last summer, allowing the park to “rest”, as it were. The day use reservation program continues through the 2021 season. Ontario Parks continues to monitor visitor feedback as well as how visitors are using advance permits.
While the summer may be drawing to a close,
September 8, 2021 - Kristen Osborne, Acting Chief Park Naturalist
2021 Fundraising Initiatives
Many of our readers will be familiar with the various fund-raising activities undertaken by the volunteers of the Friends of Presqu’ile Park:
Christmas at Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show and Tea Room
The Lighthouse Gift Shop
Special Weekend events - History Weekend, Monarch and Migrants Weekend, Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend and Waterfowl Weekend
Donations – General Fund and 25th Anniversary Fund
Over the years these activities have garnered several thousands of dollars in fund-raising revenues. Income that has enabled the Friends to undertake
September 8, 2021 - Doreen Cable, Finance Chair
Bev Cook - 2021 Volunteer of the Year
The John Cole Award is presented annually to our Volunteer of the Year. It is named in honour of our first Board Chair. The selection of the Volunteer of the Year is a difficult task for the Board of Directors as there are so many deserving candidates who have been a shining example of the values of our organization over a period of many years.
This year’s recipient is Beverlie Cook, who is well known for her dedication and commitment to the Friends. She is a familiar face at various Friends and Park events and is admired and respected by other volunteers and Park Staff alike.
September 8, 2021 - Janine McClintock, Communications Committee
Common Terns are Back!
The common terns have once again returned to Presqu’ile to nest for the 2021 season. The terns first tried to establish nests on High Bluff Island, but predators were a problem. The terns then moved to Gull Island.
Gull Island was their former home, this seems to be their preference for now; so, the Park Staff built and monitored a new protective grid for the terns at their new location. Nests were successfully established under the protection of the grids. It appears that a significant number of terns were successfully hatched and have now fledged. Early in the month there were
September 8, 2021 - Phil McRae, Chair, Environmental Initiatives
2021 Student Bursary Winners
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park are pleased to announce the winners of our 2021 Student Bursaries. This program was launched to recognize the efforts of the fine young people who work as summer student employees in Presqu’ile Park. We are so very proud of our winners.
J. Beverlie Cook Career Bursary
This $1,000 bursary is open to student employees who are following a course of study at the post-secondary level that might lead to a career in the Parks system. The award was re-named in 2021 in honour of Bev Cook, a longtime volunteer, and former Board Chair.
September 8, 2021