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Twelve Fascinating Facts About Presqu'ile Provincial Park   How did Presqu'ile Provincial Park get its name? Presqu’ile literally means “almost an island” but its true translation is “peninsula.” French voyageurs travelling across Canada would have named many ‘presqu’iles’ along their routes. As maps began to be made, the name stuck to this peninsula. The oldest map that we know of with the Presqu’ile name dates to the 1790’s.     How many staff does it take to keep Presqu’ile Provincial Park running smoothly during peak summer season?  The park has: 4 full-time staff 14 long-term seasonal (4
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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.
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Park improvements and repair When walking, cycling, or driving through Presqu’ile, you may notice one or more of the park improvement projects taken on by Friends of Presqu’ile volunteers this past summer. According to Larry Paradis, director, Operations, Friends of Presqu’ile, the largest project was a tear down and rebuild of the ampitheatre stage which is used for evening programs and children’s events. The old stage, which was rotting, was removed. Fortunately the underlying base was still in good shape and could be used for the new base. For a finishing touch, some of the older benches were replaced.
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Friends of Presqu’ile Student Bursary Program – 2019 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. Without the hard work of these students, the park would not be able to operate in the summer. We received many examples of extraordinary dedication and stellar customer service from the nominations. Here are our 2019 winners. Career Bursary 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
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Perseverance pay off: A good "tern" of events Perseverance pays off:  A good “tern” of events By Jennifer Arnold and Steve Oswald For those of you who have been following us for a while, you know the story. For those of you who are new here, suffice to say it’s a tough life for Common Terns in this part of the world and Presqu’ile is no exception. Year after year Common Terns get off to a good start on their small nest scrapings at Gull Island, Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Then, as the summer progresses, their eggs and chicks slowly disappear as they cope with storms, predators, overgrown vegetation, and a whole long
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Kids 'N Nature Fall 2019   We are delighted to report that Fall 2019 has been another successful year for the Kids N’ Nature program. As in the past teachers of students ranging from kindergarten to grade 7 had the option of requesting either an In-Class visit, an In-Park visit, or both. In total this Fall 313 students participated in In-class interactive lessons and activities. The programs focused on the elements of biodiversity however were occasionally customized at the request of the teachers. This fall due to the Kids ‘N Nature Interpreter speaking French certain French Schools were even able to
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Discovery Progarm 2019   The year 2019 was one of transition for the education department at Presqu’ile. As you may have noted from the title, we have officially changed our name from the Natural Heritage Education (NHE) Department to the ‘Discovery Department’ across Ontario Parks. This rebranding is thought to make us more accessible and appealing to visitors to want to come and discover the park with us. This name change also came with some templates to use for our weekly schedule and special event posters. These provide a consistent look for advertising programs across the province. While there was
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Presqu'ile to You Summer 2019  I am pleased to announce that the first year of our new outreach program Presqu’ile to You has been a big success. We worked alongside Presqu’ile’s Discovery Team to enrich the experiences of visitors coming into the park, as well as community members wishing to learn more about Presqu’ile, and all the park represents. Overall through this new program we were able to facilitate over 650 people exploring, connecting and volunteering. The Explore component of the program, geared at facilitating groups coming into the park, was utilized by many. Some of the groups who came into the
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Invitation to Christmas 2019 at Presqu'ile Christmas at Presqu’ile 2019 Get out your shopping bags and head to Christmas at Presqu’ile! This wonderful Artisan and Craft Show is taking place November 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 9th and 10th this year and it promises to be very exciting! The Show will be open on these days from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This is the place to see and purchase unique crafts, outstanding works of art, exciting jewellery pieces, colourful and cozy knits, and of course, delectable food stuffs… everything that makes a great Christmas gift. Indeed, at this year’s 28th Annual Show, over 130 vendors from
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Back When We Were Kids
New Discoveries: Reflections from my first summer at Presqu'ile Provincial Park
Back When We Were Kids
Nature Nuggests
Honouring Linda Collins
Life Member Award
The Year of High Water - Again!
Presqu'ile to You
2019-20 Board of Directors
On July 19th
The Friends of Presqu'ile Trail Builders 2019
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