NEW | 2024 Waterfowl Weekend
Join Presqu’ile Provincial Park staff and volunteers on Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th, for the 46th annual Waterfowl Weekend. Waterfowl from over 20 species arrive in Presqu’ile Bay each spring to rest and feed before moving on to their nesting areas.
This gives the public a great opportunity to see and appreciate a wide range of waterfowl species. Those new to birding, as well as experienced birders eager to expand their knowledge, can learn more from naturalist-led viewings. Volunteer naturalists will be set up with telescopes to help visitors to get a closer look.
February 29, 2024
Corporate Secretary Needed
Imagine a volunteer position where your talent can make a tangible difference for both people and nature.
Volunteering with the Friends of Presqu'ile Park is a rewarding experience in which our volunteers work together to support renewal, research, ecology, community engagement and education programs in Presqu'ile Provincial Park.
We are a registered non-profit organization that has contributed over $5 million in funds and volunteer hours since 1988.
We are currently seeking a Corporate Secretary. In this important, you will sit on the Board of Directors, be a signing officer
February 19, 2024
Join Us and You Could Win!
With a new year comes the opportunity to start or renew your membership with our organization. Memberships are valid January 1 to December 31. We rely on memberships to help support the work of the Friends.
Joining us makes a real difference for visitors and wildlife in our favourite park! When you support the Friends of Presqu'ile Park, you support our education, restoration, and environmental initiatives like Common Tern research and management at Presqu'ile. We have helped make a real impact on the survival of these colonial waterbirds that breed in the park.
January 18, 2024
Join a Winter Walk!
Winter Walks are back this winter!
We will be offering winter bird walks once a month geared towards beginner birdwatchers, but all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend.
We now have binoculars for visitors to borrow on these hikes, so don't let the lack of binoculars stop you from coming out.
Saturday January 13th
Saturday February 10th
Hikes will start at 10am from the Camp Office Parking Lot
Winter is a great time to become a wildlife detective. We might not alwasys see all of the animals at Presqu'ile but they
January 3, 2024
Memorial Tree Planting - Happy Anniversary!
At our October 2023 Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony, we were pleased to celebrate a wedding anniversary for Lynn and Joey Howie.
This military couple met when they were posted to Trenton; and Presqu’ile Provincial Park has been a special place for the couple and their four children. They are frequent visitors and campers in the park, so they brought the whole family to plant a tree in honour of the occasion.
Happy anniversary Joey and Lynne!
November 12, 2023 - Bev Cook
Common Tern Update 2023
2023 was an exciting year for Common Terns at Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Since 2013, when we started novel management to exclude predators from protected tern breeding areas, this declining colony has stabilized and begun to increase, even in the face of challenges from record high-water levels in Lake Ontario. Over the last three years, this management success has led to a dramatic increase in the size of the tern colony.
The 2023 breeding season built on this success, with 340 nests laid (over twice the number laid last year) and a record number of fledglings leaving the colony (>
September 30, 2023 - Jennifer M. Arnold, Ph.D
Park Improvements Report
The Park Improvements team has continued to build new picnic tables for the park to replace those that are damaged, destroyed or left to float away. Every year we make 20 – 30 tables. Thanks to helpers Jim, Craig, and Mike.
We did renovation to the Amphitheatre building. Some walls were removed, and a new propane storage tank was installed with help from Terry and Bob. The repairs and reorganization have given the Barbecue Team more storage for their new barbecue and other equipment.
Terry and Bob and the new propane storage
As always, the team has made repairs to various
September 29, 2023 - Larry Paradis
2023 Bursary Winners
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park offer two bursaries to deserving seasonal staff members who intend to continue their post-secondary or skilled trades education. The aim of the bursaries is two-fold – to recognize outstanding young people who work in the park and to encourage continuing education.
Once again, this year, there were several deserving candidates, making the Awards Committee’s job even more challenging. However, two students stood out.
Student Bursary winner Ida Mackey with Friends Chair Terry Buchkowsky
Student Bursary Winner
September 28, 2023 - Bev Cook