Monthly Archives: November 2013

“Sharing Memories” is Launched!

The Friends of Nancy Island and Wasaga Beach Park are pleased to help promote the release of a new book Sharing Memories: Stories of Wasaga’s Past. The book was written by Mary Watson, Wasaga Beach Town Archivist (and member of the Friends of Nancy Island!). It includes more than 30 stories about historical events and personalities […]

Original Painting of Nancy Donated to the Friends!

In late September, the Friends of Nancy Island gathered at the Wasaga Beach Welcome Centre to accept the donation of an original watercolour painting of the Nancy presented by Paul Carroll, historian and writer of Great Lakes history, on behalf of Don Bamford, an avid sailor and author of FRESHWATER HERITAGE. The artist, Charles L. […]

Restoring a Fragile Ecosystem: Marram Grass Planting

A little rain did not stop a group of eager boy scouts from the important task of dune restoration on Saturday, October 26th.  We would like to thank Dave Featherstone from the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority for his participation and coordination of the restoration work. Wasaga Beach Provincial Park (WBPP) is a unique provincial park, […]

Plover Program Wins Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Award

The dedication of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park and MNR staff, the Friends of Nancy Island and Wasaga Beach Park, and many volunteers has been recognized by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario this year for their work protecting the endangered Piping Plover species. Prior to 2006 Piping Plovers had not successfully nested on the Canadian Great Lakes for over 30 […]

World Diabetes Day

Today is World Diabetes Day! It is a day that seeks to engage millions of people in diabetes advocacy and awareness. In support of this goal, the Nancy Island theatre is illuminated with blue lights.  November 14th was chosen as World Diabetes Day to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, […]

In Remembrance of the Unknown Soldier

In 1949, a human skeleton was unearthed from the bank of the Nottawasaga River in Wasaga Beach. The adult male skeleton was recovered with nothing more than a single military button determined as being of Scottish origin dating as far back as the War of 1812. The remains were found in close proximity to where […]

It Takes a Village to Raise a Plover

The 2013 Piping Plover breeding season at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park was highly successful.  Throughout the field season, a total of six adult Piping Plovers were identified on the shores of Wasaga Beach.  After pair bonds were established, a total of two nests were confirmed in Beach Area One.  Each nest contained four, small eggs.  […]