Help Us to Celebrate on Canada Day!

Join the Friends for some Canada Day cake and lots of fun on the main beach on Wednesday, July 1!

We’re celebrating Canada’s 148th birthday with live music, a barbecue, a birthday cake, stories and games! The fun begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. with the cutting of the birthday cake.

If you’re not already camping at the park, day passes can be purchased at the gatehouse, giving you access to park facilities for the whole day. Hope to see you there!


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Friends to offer antiques identification service at popular show

Friends of Murphys Point Park volunteers are teaming up with antiques experts at the Annual Perth Antique Show and Sale on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 to offer something extra to visitors.

For three decades the popular Perth Antique Show and Sale has played host to dealers from as far away as Quebec and western Ontario with a broad range of high-quality antiques. Visitors will find art, china, glass, silver, textiles, jewellery, brass, tools, furniture, folk art and decorative accessories as well as collectibles.

The event takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion, 26 Beckwith St. E. in Perth, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Dealers will be located both in the air-conditioned hall and outside under tents along the beautiful Tay Canal. Admission to the show is $7 (the fee on Saturday also covers Sunday).

The Friends will be on hand during the show with an outdoor display and to offer an Antiques Identification service.

“Bring any item that you are curious about and the Friends will either tell you something about it or find a dealer expert who can,” explained Pat Gore, the Friends director coordinating the event.

The Friends will not be providing formal appraisals, so there will be no charge, but donations are welcomed for the provision of identification and information about items.

“We have some enthusiastic volunteers who are ready to identify antiques or track down experts at the show,” added Bob Strachan, Friends president. “We are thankful to show organizer Bill Dobson for his donation of space and expertise to the Friends. Funds raised through donations to the Friends at this event will be used to support our many programs.”

The Friends of Murphys Point Park is a not-for-profit charitable organization celebrating 20 years this year. The organization’s mandate is to enhance the natural and cultural heritage programs of Murphys Point Provincial Park. Since forming in 1995, the group has hired more than 50 summer students and has undertaken species at risk work, archaeological studies, the production of a wide range of interpretive materials, the creation of outdoor programs for children, and much more to benefit park visitors and locals.

Hope to see you at the show!

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Bird Count and Pancake Breakfast!

Our first event of the season is coming up this Sunday, May 17th. Our Annual Bird Count will also feature a Pancake Breakfast at 9 a.m. at the main beach. Come out and meet some Friends. It’s $14.50 for your vehicle (we’ll be selling day passes at the beach). Here are some details:

5:30 a.m. START: meet at the Lally Homestead. Not much in the way of interpretation here, just listening, looking and counting birds. Bring good footwear and binoculars and prepare to get a little wet from the grass. We hope to at least get close to our best ever count of 86 species.
8 a.m. START: meet at the main beach for this 1-hour hike around the campground. This one’s more of an interpretive hike so although binoculars would be better, they’re not absolutely necessary.
9 a.m. PANCAKES: bring some money. This is a fundraiser for the Friends.
See you bright and early!

American Redstart captured during the annual bird count!

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