ex-Provincial Park image of the Day: Springwater

I was in Barrie on Wednesday and visited Springwater Exprovincial Park on the way home.  The site is wonderfully quiet and I really do wish I had been around to enjoy it more before it closed.
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This chickadee was here by choice.DSC08166 (2)

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Above and Below: Look at how well my little digital camera focused on the fence!  The details of that fence are as clear as anyone could wish.

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I had heard reports that local First Nations groups had ‘occupied’ the grounds, claiming it was treaty ground (See this Barrie Examiner report).

Also from the Examiner article:

MNR spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski said last week the animals will be transported out of the park when the ministry has made all the necessary arrangements with appropriate facilities.

“The animals will be moved when the ministry has made all the necessary arrangements with the receiving facilities. The welfare of these animals is very important to us,” she said.

“Only facilities and custodians that are in good standing and have authorization from the Ministry of Natural Resources to keep wildlife in captivity will be considered.” The ministry is not disclosing which facilities are being considered to house the animals.

“Once the animals have been moved, the ministry will share the information about where the animals have been relocated,” Kowalski said.

I don’t know if this is a good idea and I didn’t see any demonstrating groups or individuals but I did see an APTN News (Aboriginal People’s Television Network) vehicle.

We did see a grandfather and grandchild enjoying the bright sun and animals.  The man told us he had visited the park twice a week for the past five years.

Ontario Parks

2012 Examiner article about park closures.

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PS: and no, there were no bounty hunters at the park on April 1.  The closure of the park has hit some people very hard and my attempt at  humour was not appreciated.

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