NEW | 2020 Volunteer of the Year
John Warner, head of the Park Improvements team has been named the 2020 Volunteer of the Year by the Friends of Presqu’ile Park. John began his volunteer work with the Friends finishing the original Marsh Boardwalk build back in 2010. Since that time, he has had a hand in designing and building multiple foot bridges, walkways, viewing platforms and even picnic tables – all in an effort to improve the Park for its visitors.
John and his wife, Joan, first moved to Brighton in 1972. John had a long career with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and then Agriculture Canada at the
September 27, 2020
2020 AGM Agenda and Reading Materials
Please find below links to the Agenda for our 2020 AGM long with other materials you will need for the meeting – our Financial Statements and the Minutes from our 2019 AGM. We will not be producing paper copies to save our trees and keep you safe, so please feel free to read these beforehand or download, print, and bring a copy along with you.
1) 2020 AGM Agenda - download PDF (113KB)
2) 2019 Financial Statements - download PDF (4MB)
3) 2019 AGM Minutes - read here or download PDF (148KB)
You can also watch a digital presentation of our 2019 Accomplishments here.
August 30, 2020
Friends of Presqu'ile Annual General Meeting
Bev Cook, Chair,
on behalf of the Board of The Friends of Presqu’ile Park,
invites you to the
Annual General Meeting
Thursday, September 10, 2020
At The Amphitheatre
Presqu’ile Provincial Park
AGM starts at 10:30 am
and will be followed by lunch
Please send your RSVP to Bev Cook, by Monday, August 31st
Telephone 613 475 1688 or
Park admission is free- simply advise gate staff that you are attending the AGM.
Volunteers will be on hand to register attendees and to take membership dues.
July 27, 2020
2019 Annual Report
The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to many planned activities, and the Friends of Presqu’ile Annual General Meeting was no exception. Although we will host an outdoor AGM in the future, it will be different from our usual get-together.
We thought you would appreciate receiving our 2019 reports in advance of our AGM, so you can peruse them at your leisure. We have gathered our reports in an Annual Report, provided in a digital presentation below. Feel free to click on the arrows in the bottom right corner to enlarge the presentation. Move to the next slide by
July 18, 2020
Raise the Boardwalk Fundraising Goal Reached
Twenty-two days into our Raise the Boardwalk fundraising campaign, the Friends of Presqu'ile Park reached the goal of $15,000!
The goal of the campaign was to raise money to purchase materials to repair the damage caused by flooding in 2017 and 2019 and raising the low lying parts of the boardwalk up to a foot to prevent further damage in the future.
Donations continued to come in and we now have gathered over $17000 to repair the Marsh Boardwalk.
Experience volunteers will hopefully be able to start working on the boardwalk this summer, once water levels go down.
July 14, 2020
Raise the Boardwalk campaign at 86% of Fundraising Goal
Eighteen days into our Raise the Boardwalk fundraising campaign, the Friends of Presqu'ile Park have already raised $12, 928 of our $15,000 goal!
The goal of the campaign is to raise money to purchase materials to repair the damage caused by flooding in 2017 and 2019 and raising the low lying parts of the boardwalk up to a foot to prevent further damage in the future. Experience volunteers will hopefully be able to start working on the boardwalk this summer, once water levels go down.
The campaign is part of The Great Canadian Giving Challenge, run by CanadaHelps.ca from
June 18, 2020
New Facebook Page for the Friends of Presqu'ile
May 19, 2020
Today the Friends of Presqu'ile launched our own Facebook page. You can find it by clicking here: @FriendsofPresquile.
We are excited to be able to connect with our supporters and gain new supporters through social media.
Upcoming events and volunteer accomplishments will be shared, as well as links to our website's weekly Birding Report and NewsRoom.
Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on Friends activities. See you online!
May 19, 2020 - Janine McClintock
Cancelled: 44th Annual Waterfowl Weekend 2020
March 14 Update:
We regret to announce that Waterfowl Weekend has been cancelled by Ontario Parks.
We want to be sure to protect the health and safety of our Presqu’ile Park visitors during this COVID-19 outbreak. The Park remains open and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy our returning waterfowl and other birds at the various public viewing areas.
Visitors looking for more information about birds and bird migration at Presqu'ile can find many resources on our website: https://www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca/fauna-birds.php
Other ideas to help children connect
March 14, 2020 - David Bree
The Year of High Water - Again!
In 2017, Lake Ontario’s water level rose to the highest it had ever been in the 100 years of record keeping, topping out at 75.81m above sea level. It was a once in a hundred-year flood. This year, 2019, Lake Ontario again rose well above normal. In fact, it topped out at 75.92m, a full 11cm above the old record! There have been some similarities with 2017, but also some differences.
By May 1st, 2019, the lake was at 75.41cm (40cm above the long-term average) and the Marsh Boardwalk was closed between the towers. By May 8th the lake was high but not as high as in 2017 and we were hopeful.
November 15, 2019 - David Bree, Ontario Parks