Dramatic Changes at Killbear Provincial Park

Harold Point campground
Harold Point campground

In the fall of 2012, Killbear Provincial Park began cutting down thousands of American beech trees infected with beech bark disease.  These trees were in danger of falling on campsites, park roads and trails.  Beech bark disease can weaken tree trunks and cause them to snap unexpectedly.

Unfortunately, in dozens of campsites, tree stumps now outnumber trees. The areas that are most affected include sections of Lighthouse Point (campsites 1101-1497), Blind Bay (campsites 701-881), and Harold Point (campsites 587-604 and 608-631).

For some of these campsites the privacy, shade and quality have changed drastically.

Killbear Beech Trees
Killbear Beech Trees

To find out more about why Ontario Parks is taking this action, read this earlier article on beech bark disease.