Tidewater Provincial Park and Pei lay sheesh kow IBA

Welcome to the November installment of “IBAs in provincial parks,” brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada.

It’s always exciting when we can announce a new Important Bird & Biodiversity area!

Today’s IBA started out as an area of seven IBAs and is now an amalgamated site with an added 716 km2 of area.

Tidewater Provincial Park and the tail end of Kesagami Provincial Park fit comfortably within our new IBA: Pei lay sheesh kow.

“Pei lay sheesh kow” means “an area that abounds with birds” in Cree. That couldn’t be more true!

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Experience Tidewater Provincial Park

Whether you’re canoeing down the Moose River or taking the Polar Bear Express from Cochrane, Tidewater Provincial Park offers the outdoor enthusiast a unique experience. Situated between Moosonee and Moose Factory, Tidewater Provincial Park provides a last stop to people who are canoeing down the Missinaibi or Abitibi Rivers.  Individuals canoeing down the Moose River generally stay overnight at Tidewater and take the train out the following day.

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Operating Status Changed for Six Ontario Parks

As announced by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) in September 2012, Ontario Parks will change the designation of a number of provincial parks from operating to non-operating.  In deciding which parks to re-designate, we looked at many factors including low visitation rates, low cost recovery, and the upcoming need for investment in capital upgrades to remain operational.   Continue reading Operating Status Changed for Six Ontario Parks