Happy 150th, Canada!

Join the Friends to celebrate Canada’s 150th on Saturday, July 1 at Murphys Point!

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., head down to the main beach and enjoy a fundraising barbecue hosted by the Friends. At 1 p.m. Tay Valley Township Reeve Keith Kerr joins us to cut the Canada Day cake – come and celebrate!

At 2 p.m. at the beach, join Park Staff Emily and Grace for “Family Fishing Fun” as they drag their seine net through the shallows looking for minnows and more. They’ll also have some pond-dipping nets available too, so bring your swimming costume and expect to get wet!

Come to the amphitheatre at 8 p.m. for an evening of folk music and stories by The History Buffs – a trio of musicians. Fiddle, voice, guitar and other instruments will have you tapping your toes and singing along.

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!

Thanks to Canadian Heritage for support for these activities!

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BIOBLITZ June 10 and 11 – Be a Scientist for the Weekend!

The Friends and the Park are thrilled to be hosting a Bioblitz on June 10 and 11! This is an amazing opportunity to explore the park and discover all the fascinating life forms that call Murphys Point home! Hope you can join us!

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Upcoming Events! Celebrate Spring!

Saturday, May 13, 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Annual Bird Count

6 a.m. start: In celebration of Global Big Day, come join us for our Annual Bird Count. Aimed at intermediate to advanced birders, we will meet at 6 a.m. at the Park Store before splitting up into teams to cover as much of the park as possible. We will likely finish mid-late morning.

9 a.m. start: For beginner or intermediate birders we will be holding a ‘Bird Identification Workshop’ at 9 a.m. at Lally Homestead. We will start off with an introduction to bird identification, etiquette and resources, followed by about an hour’s birding around the homestead. We will wrap-up with a checklist tally and quick overview of some of citizen science projects such as eBird. Expect to finish at about 11 a.m. A few pairs of binoculars will be available but bring your own if you have them.

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Saturday, May 20, 10:30 a.m.

Lally Homestead

Wildflower Hike: Beauty… with a purpose           

Discover spring wildflowers in bloom on this guided hike with interpretive naturalist, Tobi Kiesewalter. We’ll dive into their beautiful world to reveal stories of competition, survival, deception and, yes, plant sex: is that a nectar guide on your petal or are you just happy to see me? Meet at the Lally Homestead for this 45 minute hike. Don’t worry, Mom and Dad – this one’s appropriate for all ages. Stick around after the hike, if you like, for an optional, informal session on plant identification.

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