Submitted by The Friends of Bruce District Parks
The 2019 season for the Friends started slow due to the rainy, cold weather as was experienced by all the local businesses. Our annual Orchid Festival was also a little slower than usual, due to the cooler, damp weather and the orchids not in their usual spring splendour! The Keynote speakers rose to the challenge and we had a great turn out for both evening presentations.
The volunteers were busy on the Island with start-up and interior renovations to the Host House, but the weather and winds caused some delays. The volunteers dug in and got most of the work completed in time for our first Host Group
The Lighthouse Keeper Host program on Flowerpot Island (FPI) had a total of 32 time slots that were filled very quickly, with a waiting list. The word is spreading and we are expecting a lengthy list of applications for 2020. Watch our website (www.friendsofthebruce.ca) in early 2020 for the application process and further details. Our Hosts this year did a superb job of greeting visitors, maintaining the site and selling items from the tuck shop. All the first time Hosts expressed an interest in returning next year and had very favourable comments about their experience.
We have been working with the Big Tub Lighthouse Committee that is again, diligently working to keep Big Tub Light in picture perfect shape for years to come. Although, this is a huge project, it is a local beacon that needs to be preserved for future generations.
Throughout the season the friends worked with Parks Canada and staff to offer interpretive programs. In an effort to make Singing Sands new boardwalks more user friendly we purchased a Mobi-Mat which allows wheelchairs access on a hard retractable mat to get to the water’s edge. Due to high water levels this year it was not put in use, but it is ready to roll out.
As usual the Friends hosted the breakfast for the Tobermory Trail Race Weekend 5K Fun Run. The Breakfast is normally held at the Light Station on FPI, but the high winds kept everyone on the mainland. We had our usual team of great cooks, who put on a wonderful breakfast for a great group of very enthusiastic runners, even though they did not experience the sunrise run at the Light Station on Flower Pot Island. Fingers crossed for next year!
The Friends have purchased the license again this year to enable the showing of movies at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre theatre this winter. Come out on Friday afternoons and enjoy a movie!
AGM November 2nd
The Friends of Bruce District Parks Annual General Meeting will be held November 2nd at 11:00am. It will be held at the National Park Staff House at Cyprus Lake. All members are invited to attend to vote on Board business and all other interested parties are welcome to attend to see how you might want to become involved, be it, work events, sub-committees or filling a position on the Board of Directors! A thank-you BBQ and social time will follow the meeting. Plan to attend! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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