Spending time in nature is good for your health, and this Friday, July 15 is a great day to get out to a local provincial park and see for yourself!
A growing body of scientific research is demonstrating that exposure to nature enhances our ability to cope with and recover from stress, anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorders, high blood pressure and even surgery.
On Friday, July 15, all operating provincial parks in Ontario will waive day-use fees to encourage people to visit parks and be active.
Staff at Murphys Point Provincial Park will be offering a guided tour of the Silver Queen Mine at 10 a.m. Capacity is limited, so pre-registration is required by calling the park in advance (613-267-5060). The Friends of Murphys Point Park will be holding a fundraising barbecue at the Main Beach from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until supplies last.
From 1 to 3 p.m. visitors will also be able to participate in the Murphys Point Magnificent Race Challenge. Individuals or groups can start at the beach and walk a designated route through the campground to try and complete a series of challenges. Anyone who completes the challenge by 3 p.m. will be entered in a draw to win an Ontario Parks Summer Pass.
“The race event is appropriate for families and will showcase many of the facilities and services the park has to offer,” says Mark Read, Senior Park Naturalist. “People really enjoyed last year’s series of challenges!”
The Friends will be at the Perth Antique Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday (July 2 and 3) with an antique identification booth. Check out this wonderful annual event! http://www.perthantiqueshow.com
Join the Friends on Friday, July 1 for a Canada Day Celebration at Murphys Point!
From 10 a.m. to noon, head down to the main beach and try the rope bridge set up between some tress 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 the amphitheatre at 8 p.m. you can enjoy a concert by Freshwater Trade, a folk duo from Peterborough. This singing and fiddling musical show is full of original and traditional tunes about the Ottawa Valley & the Great Lakes region. Fun for the whole family!
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 Heritage Canada for support for these activities!