Murphys Point

Murphys Point

Events

Event Name Start Date End Date Location Description
Park It: WPBS Family Day Event June 22, 2019 June 22, 2019 Amphitheatre 1PM - 3PM

We're celebrating literacy and the great outdoors with Family Day at Murphys Point Provincial Park! This event will take place in the amphitheater and feature a regional preview of Park It! Explore the Outdoors, photo opportunity with PBS KIDS Character, "Nature Cat", a 15-20 minute presentation on the Gray Ratsnake with captive-bred Gray Ratsnake “Gamma," and so much more!Each registered family will receive a free children’s book and foldable Nature Cat binoculars. Families can also expect thematic programming throughout the entire summer on WPBS-TV.

Space is limited. Register at wpbstv.org/parkit. Premiering Monday, June 24 at 9PM, Park It! Explore the Outdoors is a 60-minute, high definition feature of ten parks; eight parks in the tri-county region are explored, along with two provincial parks in Canada, and six waterfalls in Lewis County. The program repeats June 29 at 5pm and June 30 at 12pm.Family Day events are free of charge and will provide free entry into each location. For a complete listing of parks and waterfalls, as well as more information on Family Day events, thematic programming, event registration, and more, visit wpbstv.org/parkit.

Night-Time Flyers (Moths, Bats, & More) June 22, 2019 June 22, 2019 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM - Rideau Comfort Station

Mark has added over 650 species of moths to the park list and is hoping to find more! Join him at the Rideau Comfort Station anytime between 8:30 and 10:00pm to go through the basics before checking out the light traps he’s set up on site. He will also have a couple of bat detectors on hand to pick up the calls of these majestic nocturnal insectivores – who knows, we may even see bats coming in to feast on the moths... He'll also go through some of the more useful resources available to amateur naturalists, including some online citizen science projects. Please bring a flashlight!

Silver Queen Mine Tour June 26, 2019 June 26, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. Hard hats supplied! Tour starts at 10 AM. 

The Mystery of the Silver Queen Mine June 28, 2019 June 28, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Calling detectives of all ages - we need your help to solve the mystery of the missing miner!  Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. 

The investigation starts at 10 AM - Please allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, hard hats supplied!

Night-Time Flyers (Moths, Bats, & More) June 28, 2019 June 28, 2019 8:30 PM - 10 PM - Rideau Comfort Station

Mark has added over 650 species of moths to the park list and is hoping to find more! Join him and Peter at the Rideau Comfort Station anytime between 8:30 and 10:00pm to go through the basics before checking out the light traps he’s set up on site. They will also have a couple of bat detectors on hand to pick up the calls of these majestic nocturnal insectivores – who knows, we may even see bats coming in to feast on the moths... They'll also go through some of the more useful resources available to amateur naturalists, including some online citizen science projects. Please bring a flashlight!

Evening Program: Canoe Believe It? June 29, 2019 June 29, 2019 8 PM - Amphitheatre

O Canoe-da! Join Grace and Rachel for a night filled with stories and songs celebrating this Canadian symbol.

Kids Program: Underwater Discovery Prowl June 29, 2019 June 29, 2019 11 AM - Main Beach

What fish species live in Hogg Bay? Meet up with Peter, Emma, and Peter at the Main Beach to help them in their search using nets and minnow traps. Expect to get wet!

Gray Ratsnake Presentation June 29, 2019 August 31, 2019 Visitor Centre - 2pm daily

Meet up with our discovery rangers at the Visitor Centre daily from 1-4pm. In addition to our traditional displays and two Gray Ratsnakes, they will also have interactive prop tables to spark a deeper interest in the cultural and natural history of the park.

At 2pm, they will bring out one of our 2 Gray Ratsnakes for a presentation in front of the visitor centre.

Silver Queen Mine Open House June 30, 2019 June 30, 2019 10 AM - 12 PM - Silver Queen Mine Trail (Park at Lally Homestead)

Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the 1km trail and explore the restored Silver Queen Mine and the miner's bunkhouse. Hardhats supplied! Drop in between 10 AM and 12 PM.

Silver Queen Mine Tour July 3, 2019 July 3, 2019 8:30 PM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Join Mark and hopefully some birds, bats and moths for this special nighttime nature hike along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. See the restored, early 1900s mica mine in a different light too! Hardhats supplied but please bring a flashlight. Allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead.  Hike starts at 8:30 PM.

Night-Time Flyers (Moths, Bats, & More) July 5, 2019 July 5, 2019 8:30 PM - 10 PM - Rideau Comfort Station

Mark has added over 650 species of moths to the park list and is hoping to find more! Join him and Trevor at the Rideau Comfort Station anytime between 8:30 and 10:00pm to go through the basics before checking out the light traps he’s set up on site. They will also have a couple of bat detectors on hand to pick up the calls of these majestic nocturnal insectivores – who knows, we may even see bats coming in to feast on the moths... They'll also go through some of the more useful resources available to amateur naturalists, including some online citizen science projects. Please bring a flashlight!

The Mystery of the Silver Queen Mine July 5, 2019 July 5, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Calling detectives of all ages - we need your help to solve the mystery of the missing miner!  Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. 

The investigation starts at 10 AM - Please allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, hard hats supplied!

Evening Program: Murphy's Point Mythbusters July 6, 2019 July 6, 2019 8 PM - Amphitheatre

Ever wondered if bats are really blind, or if snakes are actually slimy?  Join our resident Mythbusters Grace and Peter as they debunk some popular misconceptions about the animals of Murphy's Point.

Algonquin Wigwas Tchiman July 6, 2019 July 19, 2019 10 AM - 3 PM - Main Beach Picnic Shelter

Birchbark Canoe Build with Chuck Commanda, 10 AM - 3 PM Daily

Chuck Commanda comes from a long line of Algonquin canoe builders. As a young boy, growing up in Kitigan-Zibi, Chuck helped his grandparents make birchbark canoes. Now, years later, Chuck enjoys sharing his knowledge and showcasing his skills to the public. Meet him anytime between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily at the main beach picnic shelter. He will build a birchbark canoe (Wigwas Tchiman) in 14 days, using birch, spruce, ash and cedar materials harvested in the park and surrounding area. The finished canoe will be launched on July 19th!

Silver Queen Mine Open House July 7, 2019 July 7, 2019 10 AM - 12 PM - Silver Queen Mine Trail (Park at Lally Homestead)

Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the 1km trail and explore the restored Silver Queen Mine and the miner's bunkhouse. Hardhats supplied! Drop in between 10 AM and 12 PM.

Monthly Hike with the Rideau Trail Association July 10, 2019 July 10, 2019 Meet at the Park Store for a 9:30 departure.

New for 2019! - The Rideau Trail Association and Murphys Point Provincial Park are excited to bring you a series of themed monthly hikes at Murphys Point. Primarily designed to get people out with others exploring the park, the series will loosely focus on the geology of the area. Individual hikes will investigate how the bedrock of the park has impacted not only the landscape but also the natural and cultural history of the area. Although themed, we will only be making a handful of interpretive stops along the way as each hike will typically be 5-6km (2 hours) and of an easy to moderate level. Not suitable for younger children.

July 10th - McParlan House Loop

This 6km easy walk will look at how the geology of the park determines the types of animals that live here. Setting out from the park store, we will take the old cart trail to the McParlan House, before following Black Creek out to Black Ance Point Road. We will then take this for a short while before looping back to the store via the Rideau Trail and Loon Lake Loop. Meet 9:30am. For those travelling from Perth, carpooling is available from Conlon Farm, leaving at 9am.

Silver Queen Mine Tour July 10, 2019 July 10, 2019 8:30 PM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Join Mark and hopefully some birds, bats and moths for this special nighttime nature hike along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. See the restored, early 1900s mica mine in a different light too! Hardhats supplied but please bring a flashlight. Allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead.  Hike starts at 8:30 PM.

Night-Time Flyers (Moths, Bats, & More) July 12, 2019 July 12, 2019 8:30 PM - 10 PM - Rideau Comfort Station

Mark has added over 650 species of moths to the park list and is hoping to find more! Join him and Trevor at the Rideau Comfort Station anytime between 8:30 and 10:00pm to go through the basics before checking out the light traps he’s set up on site. They will also have a couple of bat detectors on hand to pick up the calls of these majestic nocturnal insectivores – who knows, we may even see bats coming in to feast on the moths... They'll also go through some of the more useful resources available to amateur naturalists, including some online citizen science projects. Please bring a flashlight!

The Mystery of the Silver Queen Mine July 12, 2019 July 12, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Calling detectives of all ages - we need your help to solve the mystery of the missing miner!  Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. 

The investigation starts at 10 AM - Please allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, hard hats supplied!

Evening Program: Canoe Believe It? July 13, 2019 July 13, 2019 8 PM - Amphitheatre

O Canoe-da! Join Grace and Rachel for a night filled with stories and songs celebrating this Canadian symbol.

Silver Queen Mine Open House July 14, 2019 July 14, 2019 10 AM - 12 PM - Silver Queen Mine Trail (Park at Lally Homestead)

Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the 1km trail and explore the restored Silver Queen Mine and the miner's bunkhouse. Hardhats supplied! Drop in between 10 AM and 12 PM.

Silver Queen Mine Tour July 17, 2019 July 17, 2019 8:30 PM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Join Mark and hopefully some birds, bats and moths for this special nighttime nature hike along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. See the restored, early 1900s mica mine in a different light too! Hardhats supplied but please bring a flashlight. Allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead.  Hike starts at 8:30 PM.

Night-Time Flyers (Moths, Bats, & More) July 19, 2019 July 19, 2019 8:30 PM - 10 PM - Rideau Comfort Station

Mark has added over 650 species of moths to the park list and is hoping to find more! Join him and Emma at the Rideau Comfort Station anytime between 8:30 and 10:00pm to go through the basics before checking out the light traps he’s set up on site. They will also have a couple of bat detectors on hand to pick up the calls of these majestic nocturnal insectivores – who knows, we may even see bats coming in to feast on the moths... They'll also go through some of the more useful resources available to amateur naturalists, including some online citizen science projects. Please bring a flashlight!

The Mystery of the Silver Queen Mine July 19, 2019 July 19, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Calling detectives of all ages - we need your help to solve the mystery of the missing miner!  Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. 

The investigation starts at 10 AM - Please allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, hard hats supplied!

Evening Program: The Bachelors of Murphy's Point July 20, 2019 July 20, 2019 8 PM - Amphitheatre

Will you accept this trillium?  Join Grace and Peter as they explore the bizarre mating behaviours of the animals of Murphy's Point in this family friendly program.  

Silver Queen Mine Open House July 21, 2019 July 21, 2019 10 AM - 12 PM - Silver Queen Mine Trail (Park at Lally Homestead)

Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the 1km trail and explore the restored Silver Queen Mine and the miner's bunkhouse. Hardhats supplied! Drop in between 10 AM and 12 PM.

Silver Queen Mine Tour July 24, 2019 July 24, 2019 8:30 PM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Join Mark and hopefully some birds, bats and moths for this special nighttime nature hike along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. See the restored, early 1900s mica mine in a different light too! Hardhats supplied but please bring a flashlight. Allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead.  Hike starts at 8:30 PM.

The Mystery of the Silver Queen Mine July 26, 2019 July 26, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Calling detectives of all ages - we need your help to solve the mystery of the missing miner!  Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. 

The investigation starts at 10 AM - Please allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, hard hats supplied!

Evening Program: Murphy's Point Mythbusters July 27, 2019 July 27, 2019 8 PM - Amphitheatre

Ever wondered if bats are really blind, or if snakes are actually slimy?  Join our resident Mythbusters Grace and Peter as they debunk some popular misconceptions about the animals of Murphy's Point.

Kids Program: Underwater Discovery Prowl July 27, 2019 July 27, 2019 11 AM - Main Beach

What fish species live in Hogg Bay? Meet up with Peter and Trevor at the Main Beach to help them in their search using nets and minnow traps. Expect to get wet!

Silver Queen Mine Open House July 28, 2019 July 28, 2019 10 AM - 12 PM - Silver Queen Mine Trail (Park at Lally Homestead)

Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the 1km trail and explore the restored Silver Queen Mine and the miner's bunkhouse. Hardhats supplied! Drop in between 10 AM and 12 PM.

Silver Queen Mine Tour July 31, 2019 July 31, 2019 8:30 PM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Join Mark and hopefully some birds, bats and moths for this special nighttime nature hike along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. See the restored, early 1900s mica mine in a different light too! Hardhats supplied but please bring a flashlight. Allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead.  Hike starts at 8:30 PM.

The Mystery of the Silver Queen Mine August 2, 2019 August 2, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Calling detectives of all ages - we need your help to solve the mystery of the missing miner!  Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. 

The investigation starts at 10 AM - Please allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, hard hats supplied!

Evening Program: The Bachelors of Murphy's Point August 3, 2019 August 3, 2019 8 PM - Amphitheatre

Will you accept this trillium?  Join Grace and Peter as they explore the bizarre mating behaviours of the animals of Murphy's Point in this family friendly program. 

Silver Queen Mine Open House August 4, 2019 August 4, 2019 10 AM - 12 PM - Silver Queen Mine Trail (Park at Lally Homestead)

Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the 1km trail and explore the restored Silver Queen Mine and the miner's bunkhouse. Hardhats supplied! Drop in between 10 AM and 12 PM.

Kids Program: Underwater Discovery Prowl August 5, 2019 August 5, 2019 11 AM - Main Beach

What fish species live in Hogg Bay? Meet up with Peter and Trevor at the Main Beach to help them in their search using nets and minnow traps. Expect to get wet!

Silver Queen Mine Tour August 7, 2019 August 7, 2019 8 PM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Join Mark and hopefully some birds, bats and moths for this special nighttime nature hike along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. See the restored, early 1900s mica mine in a different light too! Hardhats supplied but please bring a flashlight. Allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead.  Hike starts at 8 PM.

The Mystery of the Silver Queen Mine August 9, 2019 August 9, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Calling detectives of all ages - we need your help to solve the mystery of the missing miner!  Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. 

The investigation starts at 10 AM - Please allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, hard hats supplied!

Evening Program: Canoe Believe It? August 10, 2019 August 10, 2019 8 PM - Amphitheatre

O Canoe-da! Join Grace and Rachel for a night filled with stories and songs celebrating this Canadian symbol.

Silver Queen Mine Open House August 11, 2019 August 11, 2019 10 AM - 12 PM - Silver Queen Mine Trail (Park at Lally Homestead)

Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the 1km trail and explore the restored Silver Queen Mine and the miner's bunkhouse. Hardhats supplied! Drop in between 10 AM and 12 PM.

Silver Queen Mine Tour August 13, 2019 August 13, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. Hard hats supplied! Tour starts at 10 AM. 

Monthly Hike with the Rideau Trail Association August 14, 2019 August 14, 2019 Lally Homestead Parking Lot for a 9:30 departure.

New for 2019! - The Rideau Trail Association and Murphys Point Provincial Park are excited to bring you a series of themed monthly hikes at Murphys Point. Primarily designed to get people out with others exploring the park, the series will loosely focus on the geology of the area. Individual hikes will investigate how the bedrock of the park has impacted not only the landscape but also the natural and cultural history of the area. Although themed, we will only be making a handful of interpretive stops along the way as each hike will typically be 5-6km (2 hours) and of an easy to moderate level. Not suitable for younger children.

August 14th - Silver Queen Mine and Lally Homestead

This 5km easy/moderate walk will look at how the geology of the park has affected the lives of the people living off the land. We will begin with a quick private tour of the Silver Queen Mine before following the Rideau Trail out towards our group camp area on Round Lake. A short trek along Lally Road will bring us back to the Lally Homestead where we will visit 'sheep rock' and take a peak inside the old homestead. Meet 9:30am. For those travelling from Perth, carpooling is available from Conlon Farm, leaving at 9am.

Silver Queen Mine Tour August 15, 2019 August 15, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. Hard hats supplied! Tour starts at 10 AM. 

Night-Time Flyers (Moths, Bats, & More) August 16, 2019 August 16, 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - Rideau Comfort Station

Mark has added over 650 species of moths to the park list and is hoping to find more! Join him at the Rideau Comfort Station anytime between 8:00 and 9:30pm to go through the basics before checking out the light traps he’s set up on site. He will also have a couple of bat detectors on hand to pick up the calls of these majestic nocturnal insectivores – who knows, we may even see bats coming in to feast on the moths... He'll also go through some of the more useful resources available to amateur naturalists, including some online citizen science projects. Please bring a flashlight!

Evening Program: The Bachelors of Murphy's Point August 17, 2019 August 17, 2019 8 PM - Amphitheatre

Will you accept this trillium?  Join Grace and Peter as they explore the bizarre mating behaviours of the animals of Murphy's Point in this family friendly program. 

Silver Queen Mine Open House August 18, 2019 August 18, 2019 10 AM - 12 PM - Silver Queen Mine Trail (Park at Lally Homestead)

Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the 1km trail and explore the restored Silver Queen Mine and the miner's bunkhouse. Hardhats supplied! Drop in between 10 AM and 12 PM.

Silver Queen Mine Tour August 21, 2019 August 21, 2019 8 PM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Join Mark and hopefully some birds, bats and moths for this special nighttime nature hike along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. See the restored, early 1900s mica mine in a different light too! Hardhats supplied but please bring a flashlight. Allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead.  Hike starts at 8 PM.

The Mystery of the Silver Queen Mine August 23, 2019 August 23, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Calling detectives of all ages - we need your help to solve the mystery of the missing miner!  Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. 

The investigation starts at 10 AM - Please allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, hard hats supplied!

Evening Program: Murphy's Point Mythbusters August 24, 2019 August 24, 2019 8 PM - Amphitheatre

Ever wondered if bats are really blind, or if snakes are actually slimy?  Join our resident Mythbusters Grace and Peter as they debunk some popular misconceptions about the animals of Murphy's Point.

Kids Program: Underwater Discovery Prowl August 24, 2019 August 24, 2019 11 AM - Main Beach

What fish species live in Hogg Bay? Meet up with Peter and Trevor at the Main Beach to help them in their search using nets and minnow traps. Expect to get wet!

Silver Queen Mine Open House August 25, 2019 August 25, 2019 10 AM - 12 PM - Silver Queen Mine Trail (Park at Lally Homestead)

Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the 1km trail and explore the restored Silver Queen Mine and the miner's bunkhouse. Hardhats supplied! Drop in between 10 AM and 12 PM.

Silver Queen Mine Tour August 28, 2019 August 28, 2019 8 PM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Join Mark and hopefully some birds, bats and moths for this special nighttime nature hike along the Silver Queen Mine Trail. See the restored, early 1900s mica mine in a different light too! Hardhats supplied but please bring a flashlight. Allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead.  Hike starts at 8 PM.

The Mystery of the Silver Queen Mine August 30, 2019 August 30, 2019 10 AM - Lally Homestead Parking Lot

Calling detectives of all ages - we need your help to solve the mystery of the missing miner!  Pre-register at the gatehouse for this limited capacity 1.5 hour guided hike down the Silver Queen Mine trail and into an early 1900s mica mine. 

The investigation starts at 10 AM - Please allow 10 minutes driving time from the main campground to the Lally Homestead. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, hard hats supplied!

Silver Queen Mine Open House September 1, 2019 September 1, 2019 10 AM - 12 PM - Silver Queen Mine Trail (Park at Lally Homestead)

Venture back in time to the early 1900s when the small-scale mica mining business was booming in eastern Ontario. Meet historical interpreters along the 1km trail and explore the restored Silver Queen Mine and the miner's bunkhouse. Hardhats supplied! Drop in between 10 AM and 12 PM.