This summer our Friends students worked hard to bring interpretative programming to our park visitors. One of the most successful interpretive roving programs centred on the birchbark canoe built at the park in 2018 by Chuck Commanda and Coleman Williams. Pictured here are our 2020 Friends students — Rachel, Peter, and Emma — with the canoe, and two beautifully crafted Gray Ratsnake paddles by Robin Tinney. If you didn’t have the chance to see the canoe and are interested in learning more about the canoes built at the park, be sure to check out the Friends of Murphys Point Park website. There you will find video footage of the harvesting process and the construction of our 2018 birchbark canoe from start to finish. Be sure to check our social media accounts for upcoming Indigenous programming in the park.
This week we’re taking a closer look at the White Birch, a species that extends across all provinces and territories of Canada except Nunavut! White Birch, also known as Paper Birch, need full sun to grow — stands of birch often arise in areas recently cleared of other vegetation. Indigenous peoples from what is now called North America have used the bark of White Birch for thousands of years. Uses include the making of canoes, baskets, containers, and wigwams. In 2018 and 2019 Algonquin canoe builder, Chuck Commanda, built birchbark canoes at Murphys Point. Are you interested in learning about how to make a canoe out of materials found within the park? Visit our the ‘Canoe Build Videos’ tab on our website to check out video footage of the 2018 canoe build, as well as updates regarding upcoming Indigenous programming at Murphys Point.
Welcome! Watch this space for upcoming activities.
All hiking trails are open, including the Silver Queen Mine trail; however, the mine itself is closed and tours are not running at this time. Updates, as they become available, will be posted to http://www.ontarioparks.com