Happy 50th Birthday to Grundy Lake!

There have been many changes that have taken place at Grundy Lake Provincial Park since its official opening in 1959. The park began with 60 campsites in the White Pine campground. Today the park has nine different campgrounds with 486 sites, in addition to three group campgrounds and 10 interior back country sites. In the early days motorboats were allowed along the waterways, but park visitors now enjoy the quiet natural beauty of the seven lakes within the park boundaries which are off-limits to motorboats.

At one point there was a Junior Ranger Camp and Boy Scout Camp in the park. The Chapel that was moved from Portage Lake, and that is now the Interpretive Centre, once served as a church for those in the camp. And taking a swim was essential for many years as there were no comfort stations, showers or flush toilets! But no matter how much the park has changed, there have always been dedicated campers that love coming back each season. The park has collected stories from many families that are now enjoying their third and even fourth generation of Grundy campers. [photopress:IMG0023_1.jpg,full,alignright]

If you want to learn more about the history of Grundy Lake you can drop into the Interpretive Centre to check out some old picture albums and an original map of Grundy.

50 years brings 50 candles and 50 candles means cake! So come out to the park on Saturday, August 15 and help blow the candles out and enjoy a piece of birthday cake (who doesn’t love cake). And that’s not all! Grundy Lake is celebrating its BIG birthday over six days beginning on Tuesday, August 11 thru until Sunday, August 16. During the celebrations there will be live music including such talented artists as Allison Lickley and David Archibald.

Saturday’s activities include:

  • Paddle making and soapstone carving with Lloyd Stonehouse (small fee)
  • Free kayak use and instruction from White Squall Paddling Centre
  • Tantalizing tales from former staff and campers
  • Amazing Tree Felling show at 3:00pm
  • Face Painting
  • The Great Grundy Relay Race
  • Food and refreshments

For more information about the celebrations call Grundy Lake Provincial Park at (705)383-2369.