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Provincial Park Images of the day: Wasaga Beach

May 5, 2013

What better place to go on a sunny day than Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, the world’s longest freshwater beach and the town I was born in?

The little guy is in front of more than 12 km of beach.wasaga (3) b

This sand was so powdery that we just can’t guess what animal made these tracks.  I realize now that I should have put my thumb in the pic for size comparisons.  My thumbnail would fill the gap between the upper and lower marks.  Large bug or small vert?wasaga (1) b Collingwood still has snow.wasaga (2) bThere is no land to be seen at the horizon.  This might as well be the view from Sokcho.wasaga (6) bI have seen many of these little depressions in the sand but have never heard what causes them.  Still don’t know.
wasaga (7) b I took this pic to prove I waded out a little distance.  At ankle depth, the sun-warmed water was pleasant but well before knee depth, it turned icy!wasaga (12) b Ontario Parks truck making the rounds.wasaga (16)


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Friends of Wasaga Beach

Trip Advisor

Prov Park Images of the Day: Waubaushene Beaches

April 21, 2013


The ‘beaches’ of Waubaushene Beaches Nature Reserve are ancient and historic, not contemporary.  Looking down from this hill are several ledges which once were margins of an ancient lake with different names depending on the era.  It was Algonquin Lake, Nipissing Lake, Lake Payette and more.  In walking up the hill, it felt like we were passing the remains of land-intensive farm -terracing.
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The deer scat was everywhere but we didn’t see any actual deer.  It didn’t help that my son, who loved the walk, also loved yelling and fighting any errant tree branches (and my ankles) with a stick he found.
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The park is pocket-sized and the only entrance we found was on Albin Road.  From highway 12, we turned lakeward on Pine St until we were nearly at the lake, then turned left on Albin.waubaushene prov park (5)

At the Pine and Albin intersection is a Tay Trail access point.  The trail is great for walkers, cyclists or any speed in between and I think it is all as well paved as this photo suggests.waubaushene prov park (1)waubaushene prov park (10)waubaushene prov park (7b)
I look at a rock that has been folded like this and finally wonder what geology is all about.
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Provincial Park Image of the Day: Waubaushene Beaches

April 18, 2013

Strangely, I have no photos for this park which I have apparently passed dozens of times.  I could find none online.  Having lived near the park for ten years, my mother had never heard of it either.  I think it sounds like an interesting place to visit -not today, but when it is not raining -and I really have no reason not to.  One fascinating site is either in or next to the park boundaries, the segregated cemeteries of Coldwater, Ontario.  Side-by-side, on Highway 12, are a Catholic and a Protestant Cemetery.  I have walked through them and onto a trail behind them so maybe I have been on the park grounds.waubaushene beaches waubaushene cemetery


Both images are from Google Maps.

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Simcoe Community Reach

MNR Management statement from 1994 (PDF)

Trails and Tamaracks

Wayne Cook’s nearly exhaustive list of cemetery headstone images.




Provincial Park Image of the day: Awenda in spring

April 14, 2013

My mother, son and I returned to Awenda Provincial Park on April 13 and had a good walk although no wildlife was spotted.

Again, we visited a beach and again, I admired the ice piles.

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I could have walked out to them, I think.  The last four metres was of thick-but-broken-and-refrozen ice and where I could see water, something in the clarity wailed cold.  I was still going to do it, but my son was watching and I decided not to demonstrate what foolishness I am capable of.

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We found one fin and one deer scapula (?) blog awenda hike (6)

My son likes to be clear on where precisely he is.  When he learned we were just outside of Penetanguishene and in Tiny Township, he decided this line was the border and delighted in hopping in and out of Penetanguishene.

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Since I’ve returned, deep views into forest have become fascinating to me but I cannot explain why or take a photo that offers the same awenda hike (10)

Awenda has a small ampitheatre and stage.  I hope to hear some wildlife talks or the like awenda hike (11)



Provincial Park Image of the Day: Lady Evelyn Smoothwater and Sturgeon Lake

April 11, 2013

Muskoka, my home region, was recently included in the “northern” category for political reasons.  Despite that, Muskoka is south of much of the border between Canada and the US.  One of only two parks that I know of named after noble-women, Lady Evelyn is north enough that I suspect there is little difference between in and out of the park.  A good thing as the only road access point (Mowat’s Landing, from highway 11 near Haileybury) is not all that close to the park as southerners measure these things.

Lady Evelyn and Sturgeon Lake Parks are near each other and not much else.

Today’s photo of Lady Evelyn comes from OutdoorJay who seems to have covered a lot of ground.  Luckily, he didn’t have the portages a similar distance in Algonquin would have.

Sturgeon River Provincial Park’s image comes from BushcraftUSA, where a trip through the park is described.


Ontario Parks Lady Evelyn Smoothwater

Ontario Parks Sturgeon River

Wikipedia Lady Evelyn

Temagami Vacations and Lady Evelyn




Provincial Park Image of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands

April 10, 2013

This one is in my backyard and I had never heard of it until looking for photos for this blog.  It looks like a very canoe-friendly park and I hope to see in person.

This image is from Wikimedia:

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The park is a local high point.

A video made by canoeists in the park


Provincial Park Image of the Day: Sandbank

April 8, 2013

It appears that the entire park, in Lake Ontario, in Prince Edward County, is, as the name suggests, simply one or two large sandbanks.

Today’s photo comes from a Roadstories article on Provincial Parks.

The place looks to me somewhat like Wasaga Beach moved from Lake Huron to Lake Ontario.  The park has many campsites but I suggest a vigorous shaking of anything that comes into your tent -children included!  I am too young to remember but my mother tells me that she was constantly cleaning the sand out of our home in Wasaga Beach.

That caution duly given, I want to visit this park.


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Friends of Sandbank


Youtube video of park …and now I’ve learned how long 4:36 can be – the images in the video are fine but there is no audio, not even background music.

Prince Edward County.

Provincial Park Image of the Day: Short Hills

April 7, 2013

Boy, I really phoned in yesterday’s post!  Petroglyphs is such a unique and valuable park that it is pretty safe from closure threats so I guess it didn’t really fit with the overall theme of these posts – organize and protect them before you lose them.

I seem to recall a park with a similar name near Drumheller in Alberta.  This park, of course, is in Ontario.

Today’s image is from Kiri Strax on Flickr and was taken in Short Hills Prov Park near my alma mata, Brock University.
An odd small waterfall along Black Walnut Trail in Short Hills Provincial Park


Although I lived in St Catharines for many years and actually did research there for my degree in Recreation Studies, I spent very little time in the park.  With views like that above, I should have gone there more.

My research was in the conflict between different user groups at the park and the results were interesting.  There were five basic groups using the park, hikers, cross country skiers, joggers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.  Skiers identified slightly more with joggers than hikers but there was some overlap. Anyway, groups to the left were liked by groups to the right but didn’t like groups to the right.

That is, everyone liked hikers but hikers didn’t like any other group – generally speaking.  Nobody liked the equestrians but equestrians liked all the others. Hikers, joggers and skiers were liked by cyclists, but didn’t return the feeling.

The more to the left you were, the more  you were in the park for intellectual curiosity.  The more to the right you were, the more you disrupted those opportunities for curiosity.

The work was done in 1995 and I can’t recall if we offered any suggestions for smoother sharing of the park.  It is, or was, one of th efew places where horses were welcome so I hope they continue to enjoy access.


Links of interest

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Friends Of Short Hills


The park is not without controversy. A recent deer cull caught the attention of the St Catharines Standard.

Provincial Park Image of the Day: Petroglyphs

April 6, 2013

I think there are several parks in Canada with Petroglyphs, this one is near…well, nothing, but kinda near Peterborough and Stony Lake.

Today’s image comes form Selwyn Shores:

I’m bored. I really want to go there but it won’t be for a few months at best.

Here is a Google search list of links.

Prov Park Image of the day: Massasauga

April 5, 2013

I’ve skirted the park boundaries a few times as some family members have a cottage nearby.  Well, I skirted what would become the borders; this park is only a few years old. I should warn readers that I work to pick beautiful pictures from each park, ones I feel display something unique about it.  I add the warning because something not at all unique, but still surprising, was the number of photos of people in mosquito nets.  Be warned!

Today’s photo is from Terry McDonald, who’s flickr stream is here.  He (?) entered the park in Muskoka District which I found interesting as, even though I lived in Muskoka for thirty years, I didn’t pay much attention to its Georgian Bay coastline.

Shield Rock Shoreline, Massasauga Provincial Park, Ontario


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Trip Advisor

Youtube Video


Jack’s account at Ontario Nature blog

Adrienne Montgomery’s account at GORP