Join us for Canada Day!

Our ever-popular Canada Day festivities will take place again this year, thanks to support from a Canadian Heritage grant!

On Sunday, July 1st, Friends volunteers will be setting up a BBQ on the main beach from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be FREE Canada Day CAKE, and Tay Valley Township Reeve Keith Kerr will join us to help cut and serve the cake. Our intrepid Scouts Canada volunteers Dave and Lynn will be setting up the annual Rope Bridge at the beach, which is fun for the kids.

And that’s not all! Finally, Wild Ontario, a raptor-rescue facility from Guelph, will be delivering an evening presentation at the amphitheatre at 7 p.m., featuring 4 live raptors, again, courtesy of the Canadian Heritage grant.

 

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Park day use fees apply, but there is tonnes to do at the park on Sunday, including the open house at the mine. Stay tuned for the NHE program schedule – coming soon!

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AGM this Sunday, April 29!

Join us this Sunday, April 29, 2018 for our Annual General Meeting and an evening hike. Learn about Friends activities, meet directors and discover how you can help us to
make a difference at Murphys Point.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Lally Homestead in the drive shed (ski chalet). It’s a quick meeting followed by some refreshments and sweets. At 7 p.m. our friends with the Rideau Trail Association, Central Club, have invited us to join them on a five- to six-kilometre hike from the homestead. They will return for refreshments by the woodstove in the drive shed. Please bring a flashlight and a mug if you would like to take part in the hike. Hopefully we’ll hear some frogs, owls and
other night sounds on the journey!

There is no park entry fee for the AGM and no charge for the hike.

For the AGM, paid-up members have voting status at the meeting. You can now take advantage of our new $10 membership rate and renew through the website at

https://friendsofmurphyspoint.ca/memberships/ or at the meeting (cash or cheque). Amounts over the $10 membership fee as donations will receive a tax receipt. Please encourage a friend to become a Friend or consider making a donation.

We hope to see you on the 29th. Bring your friends!

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Recognized in Rideau Corridor Recognition Awards Program

Murphys Point Provincial Park and the Friends of Murphys Point Park were recently recognized for our Environmental Stewardship and Heritage Conservation and Promotion efforts at the Rideau Corridor Recognition Awards Program. As part of the 10th anniversary of the Rideau Canal’s UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, this awards program recognizes, honours and promotes good design, environmental stewardship and economic development that serves to protect, enhance, promote and celebrate the heritage value and sustainability of the Rideau Canal corridor.

We received the Heritage Conservation and Promotion Award of Excellence for our Silver Queen Mine interpretive efforts. We also received an Environmental Stewardship Honourable Mention for the Adopt a Gray Ratsnake program. Both nominations came from Tay Valley Township. There are five awards categories and the winners were announced at an evening reception in Smiths Falls attended by several dignitaries and representatives from Parks Canada, National Capital Commission, several townships and community organizations.

Our thanks to the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy for this wonderful recognition. Learn more about the awards and other recipients here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/rideau/info/sacr-rcls/prix-2017-awards

Photo credits: Hy Fund Studio, Smiths Falls.

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Stephanie Gray, Friends of Murphys Point Provincial Park (centre), and Tobi Kiesewalter, Murphys Point Provincial Park (right)

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Brock Ogilvie, Murphys Point Provincial Park (centre) and Stephanie Gray, Friends of Murphys Point Provincial Park (right)

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