Healthy Parks, Healthy People this Friday, July 21!

Murphys Point has a HUGE day planned this Friday, July 21! It’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day at all Ontario Parks – which means free day use!

There is a great line-up of activities planned for the day, including a hike to the Silver Queen Mine, another BioBlitz event and the Friends are hosting a fundraising barbecue on the beach.

Don’t miss out on what promises to be a fantastic day – rain or shine! Hope to see you there!

HEALTHY PARKS, HEALTHY PEOPLE DAY (free day-use)

10am BioBlitz Special – Silver Queen Mine Hike

As a nod to our BioBlitz day, this special edition of the mine tour will focus on the biodiversity along the trail. Meet at the Lally Homestead parking lot for this 1½ hour guided tour. LIMITED CAPACITY – PRE-REGISTER AT THE GATEHOUSE.

12noon BioBlitz Special – Underwater Discovery Prowl

What fish species live in Hogg Bay? Meet up with us at the Main Beach for 12 noon to help us in our search using nets and minnow traps.

12-1pm BBQ on the BEACH

Bring some money and support the Friends of Murphys Point Park. Hot dogs, hamburgers, fruit skewers, etc.

12-3pm BioBlitz Special – Outdoor Lab

With experts on invasive and native species available, why not try challenging yourself by finding something new for the park list?

2pm BioBlitz Special – Reptile and Amphibian March

Meet us at 2pm at the Main Beach and we’ll go for a short walk to see what reptiles and amphibians we can find.

8:30-10 p.m. BioBlitz Special – Night-time Flyers

Ever wondered what’s flying around the campground at night? We’ll be setting up moth lights, moth traps, and bringing out our bat detectors to find out some answers. Drop by the Rideau Comfort Station anytime between 8:30 and 10pm.

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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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