Author Archives: friendsofnancyisland

Piping Plovers Fly South

Volunteers were on high alert this season, watching vigilantly over the three 2018 Piping Plover nests, after a rather disappointing end to last summer.  Although predation is natural, especially when subsidized predators such as ring-billed gulls are attracted to busy beaches, it is still difficult to watch when dealing with an endangered (and adorable) species.  […]

New Book about HMS Nancy – ‘The Final Year’

It seems fitting that as we celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Nancy Island Historic Site a new book of historical fiction has been written about the story of HMS Nancy, Alexander Mackintosh, Miller Worsley and events of the War of 1812. Author Walter Weckers has always had an interest in history, the conflicts and events […]

Nancy Island Historic Site Turns 90

Nancy Island Historic Site was first opened to the public in 1928 and is recognized both nationally and provincially as an important heritage site.  Despite this, very few Canadians are aware that a significant naval engagement occurred here during the War of 1812 and that the charred remains of the HMS Nancy represent one of […]

World Environment Day and Celebrating Piping Plovers

June 5th is World Environment Day – a United Nation’s day whose theme this year is “Beat Plastic Pollution.  If you can’t reuse it – refuse it”.  This is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The theme invites us […]

‘Coastal Watchers’ Monitor Wasaga Shores

As we approach Earth Day (April 22nd), it is important to remember that this should be more than just one day that we take to focus on the state of our environment. There are many programs and activities that can help throughout the year. We are pleased to share information about one such program run […]

What’s Happening to Our Ash Trees?

If you have noticed that recently a lot of Ash trees are being cut within Wasaga Beach and Craigleith provincial parks there is a good reason this is happening.  Unfortunately these trees are being impacted by an invasive insect called Emerald Ash Borer.  Trees that have been affected are being cut down to reduce the […]

Making our Beaches Butt Free

Georgian Bay Forever is helping to spread the message about getting beaches Butt Free. This environmental campaign will help reduce cigarette butt litter from Wasaga Beach by providing a way for smokers to responsibly dispose of their butts, through local beach clean-ups, and education on the harms around cigarette butt litter. Cigarette butts are the […]

Ploverpalooza Speaker Series starts Tuesday June 6th

The Piping Plover 10th anniversary events, entitled Ploverpalooza, are planned to celebrate the success of this endangered species in Wasaga Beach.  The first Speaker Series event starts Tuesday June 6th at 7 pm with a lively presentation by Mark Wiercinski, biologist and exceptional birder.  Mark likes birds a lot and says “Birding makes everything better […]

New Cannons on Display at Nancy Island – Legacy of James Ward

The Friends of Nancy Island and Wasaga Beach Park are pleased to be able to show case two Cannons that were built and donated by James (Jim) Ward of Wasaga Beach. Jim was a member of the Friends of Nancy Island, a volunteer during Wasaga Under Siege and a skilled and talented artisan. Unfortunately Jim […]

Growing Up with Tall Tales of Uncle Charlie and the Nancy

Does your family have stories that you’ve heard over and over again, but you are not sure whether or not they are true? My father shared the story of a larger-than-life character, C.H.J. Snider (my grandfather’s cousin) whom we only ever knew as ‘Uncle Charlie’ and the Nancy—a small fur trading schooner conscripted by the British […]