Congrats to Kayak Winner!

Our 2018 raffle winner Leanne Lalonde and her family visited Murphys Point this weekend to collect her prize – an “Escape” 9-foot kayak plus paddle! Shown in the photo below are (left to right) Friends Director Ken Barr (who organized the raffle), Maggie Norris, Friends President Stephanie Gray, Leanne Lalonde, Kevin Norris, Ainsley Norris and Friends Treasurer Don Goodfellow.

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Special thanks to Perth Home Hardware for the kayak donation, to all of the volunteers and park staff who helped to sell tickets, and to everyone who supported Friends of Murphys Point Park programs by purchasing a ticket!

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And the winner is….

Treasurer Don Goodfellow and President Stephanie Gray drew the winning ticket for the 2018 Friends of Murphys Point Kayak Raffle today at noon at the Park Store. And the winner is…Leanne from Ottawa (ticket 0498)! She was pretty excited! Congrats, Leanne! Thanks to everyone who supported the Friends by buying a ticket.

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Canoe Build on the Beach!

There is something very special happening at Murphys Point this month.

Chuck Commanda and his apprentice, Cole, have set up at the picnic shelter at the main beach from July 7 to 20 to build a birchbark canoe. They have worked with park staff to carefully select materials from in and around the park to use for the build, including birch, spruce gum, ironwood and spruce roots, just to name a few of the authentic materials used in this beautiful build.

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Chuck grew up as part of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, an Algonquin First Nation, and helped his grandparents make birchbark canoes. Today he takes his knowledge and shares it with the public across the country. He is carrying a message of reconciliation through shared experiences with the canoe.

Take some time to visit Chuck and Cole at the park over the next few weeks to learn more about this craft and see the evolution of the canoe at Murphys Point.

Learn more here: http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/makings-teachings-birchbark-canoe/

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