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    Join Our Weekly Guided Walking Group!

     2016 Guided Walks in Ferris Provincial Park HAVE STARTED!!! Come out and join us!!

           

The guided walks are for photographers too. The Ranney Falls and the Ranney Gorge trails offer 6 unique locations for up close and personal views of the Trent River, the Gorge and the Falls. These vantage points are exclusive to Ferris Provincial Park!

By participating in the weekly guided walks you can experience, first-hand, all the features, natural and otherwise, within walking distance of town. Perhaps when you see all that is happening, right in your own backyard, you will be inspired to become engaged as a member or as a volunteer.


Free Guided Walks

WHEN: 9 a.m. every Tuesday from May 3 to Dec. 13 2016
WHERE: We meet at the east end of the Suspension Bridge.

You can park at the west end of the Suspension Bridge and walk across.
You can enter from Saskatoon Ave. and walk south to the Suspension Bridge.
You can drive in from Cty. Rd. 8, park at the Gate House and walk to the Suspension Bridge (approx. a 20 min. walk); or park in the Day Use Parking Lot where Day Use fees apply.

New this year, for the month of June, we are offering an additional time slot:
Mondays from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm. If there is sufficient interest, this free session will be extended for the summer and fall.

Whether you join us on Monday or Tuesday, the walks are free, and there will be a Guide, rain or shine, and we walk for an hour.


Both Guided Walk sessions offer opportunities to be immersed in nature….now called “nature bathing”. In 2016 you will see the new Picnic Shelter, the new Gate House, progress on the Dry Stone Wall project, the groomed hydro right of way, the new season of Osprey, frogs and turtles; all found in amongst the wild flowers and under the tree canopy.
No other neighbouring community is as fortunate to have such a beautiful Provincial Park!

When the Free Guided Walks were initiated in 2010, the purpose was to encourage the community to visit the park and to get some fresh air and exercise while enjoying nature. The “walks” would have a fitness component as well as to see the improvements that had taken place thanks to Ontario Parks and the Friends of Ferris volunteers; such as the two Chimney Swift Towers, the trail improvements both widening and mulching, and progress on the Dry Stone Wall Restoration project.

Before long it became apparent that people who attended were more interested in the spring wild flowers, tree identification clusters and not getting lost! Regulars became more familiar with the trails because of the three trail head signs in the Day Use Parking Lot, the availability of the trail maps in the 5 map dispensers, the flower and fungi pamphlets and the Ferris Provincial Park Tabloids in the kiosks. Visitors were comforted by several “You are Here” signs thanks to the Kinette’s of Campbellford. Walkers are reminded of the swings and slides at the playground and learn about the newly installed beach volleyball site, kayak and fishing supplies rentals, and 20 electrical sites for campers.

The educational and historical aspects of the Park are reinforced often. Several signs have been installed, thanks to Ontario Parks and volunteers, identifying the historic Sheep Wash, the lineage of the Ferris Family and the history of the Dry Stone Walls. Two new signs installed in 2015, tell the stories of the Rannie family and the Grills family and their respective descendants. These signs are a tribute to these early settlers and recognize their pioneering efforts. Highlighting this human history has prompted the Friends of Ferris to create a compilation of Memories of Ferris Park. The community and campers are invited to submit memories of experiences in the Park. These will be posted on our web site and also kept in hard copy in a three ringed binder in the Park Office. Contact us at: info@friendsofferris.ca

The fitness aspect of the walks becomes evident when we explore the drumlins. This trail system winds up and down the four drumlins that exist in the Park.

Whether it is Heart Attack Hill, the cross country ski trail or the reforestation area, it can be a good work out for enthusiasts.



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