Thank you very much, Emily Mckiernan for your corrections and advice regarding a year-long all-parks day pass for Ontario Provincial Parks. Summer and year-long passes can be found here. Thanks also to Lisa Fleming who linked to my previous article about Springwater Park on the Facebook Save Our Springwater page.
I hope their work goes rewarded although, as I’ve previously noted, I have not been in the area long enough to be greatly invested in the park.
I need to correct a mistake I made in my previous post. I wrote that I had been to Springwater two times but I have since learned that my parents took me there many times when I was a young child. I don’t remember this at all.
A new article in the Barrie Examiner suggests that the work to close the park is continuing. The article describes plans for the animals currently in the park to be moved to new locations. Ah, the article describes the animals as ‘wildlife’, and the animals mostly fit that definition but these are animals:
“… that have been injured in the wild, or are unable for a variety of reasons, unable to survive in the wild. This makes it [Springwater] unique among parks and an especially valuable treasure: one of a kind. It is a legacy for future generations,” Miller said.
They are not removing every squirrel or free wild animal. That would be a little creepy.
Also in the article:
Springwater is the only provincial park with an animal sanctuary,…[and has] 29 animals, including Monty the bobcat, a black bear, a timber wolf, two foxes (one red and one silver), two raccoons (one of them albino), two wild turkeys, a turkey vulture, a great horned owl, a peregrine falcon, a rough-legged hawk, a trumpeter swan, two mute swans, three Canada geese, four white tailed deer, two lynx, two bald eagles and two skunks
Two groups are leading the charge to keep the park operational.
I think other Provincial parks need to take heed. Algonquin, in my opinion, will always be here. It is giant, famous and historic and just close enough to Toronto to be a daytrip. Parks that I like and think are lesser known are Awenda and Arrowhead. Arrowhead, get a Friends Of… group, get a real website, a Facebook page and more. If you already have these things, I need to tell you that a Google search didn’t find them on the first page. I did find this wordpress blog that looks like it is updated annually and dryly informative. It does have a facebook page that looks well used. Awenda could use one; this page needs work.
These are suggestions only. I wonder how saturated people are with wilderness-based advertising. Algonquin Outfitter’s Facebook page is updated nearly hourly. as is Pure Muskoka. Well, even if the Facebook pages or other online content doesn’t attract many new visitors, it does a good job of maintaining the enthusiasm of longtime patrons.
What is RTO7 -Ontario Ministry of Tourism’s designation for the area (Regional Tourism Organization 7) doing to help Springwater – or Awenda? And RTO12 for Arrowhead?
I am too newly returned to help Springwater in the way I would like, but I will do my best to post a Provincial Park image every day.