Many Ontario Parks offer visitors the chance to step back in time and learn about life from days gone by. But one of the cool things at Bonnechere Provincial Park, 37 km southwest of Pembroke, is that you can hold that history in the palm of your hand.
- An 800 A.D. projectile point, likely from a spear that was dropped along the river by indigenous people who stopped to rest on the banks of the Bonnechere River while canoeing and portaging
- An 1859 pre-Confederation copper one cent coin bearing the name “Canada” even though our country had yet to be officially formed
- A 19th Century writing stylus, the type used by school children to scratch out their lessons (obviously before iPads)
- A clay vessel from the Middle Woodland Period (200 – 300 B.C. to A.D. 700 – 900), detailing a thousand-year-old tradition of ceramics used by the Woodland people
On Saturday, August 11, 2012, with the sun shining brightly and the Lake Superior waves gently rolling along the shoreline, Neys Provincial Park (near Marathon, ON) honoured a national historic event with the unveiling of a plaque. Continue reading Neys Celebrates its History!
Wasaga is about to be taken under siege again! From July 22-24, you will be able to see how the story of the British Schooner Nancy and her plight during the War of 1812 unfolded right here in Wasaga Beach. Continue reading The British Are Coming!
When you think of “Algonquin”, things like camping, canoeing, and hiking all likely come to mind. But what about science? Long-term data? Cutting edge technology? No?! Science and research is taking place all over the park and has had long history in Algonquin. Continue reading Alqonquin- Happy 75th anniversary to Harkness
Human interest stories are brought to life every year through unique programming at Ontario Parks.
There are no ghosts but the spirit of lumbermen and settlers live on at Bonnechere Provincial Park. The park’s cultural history began thousands of years ago with First Nations travelers. By 1840, settlers began to arrive. Continue reading Fascinating stories at Ontario Parks
Lt. Miller Worsley of the British Royal Navy was in a tight situation and he knew it. From his position at the mouth of the Nottawasaga River looking out onto Georgian Bay, he could see the sails of three warships approaching. Continue reading Wasaga Under Siege – A War of 1812 Experience!!
The story of Nancy Island and the British Schooner Nancy is one of Ontario’s best little known secrets.
The Schooner Nancy was a fur trading vessel that was pressured to serve during the War of 1812. On August 14, 1814 the Nancy was on the Nottawasaga River when it became under American attack. Continue reading Nancy Island Celebrates 80 Years!
Students in the Perth area had the chance to dig into the field of archaeology literally in a recent project at Murphys Point Provincial Park. Continue reading Dig a little Deeper…