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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 […]

Wasaga Under Siege 2015 – Great Success THANKS to Community Support

The Friends of Nancy Island took on this year’s organization and running of Wasaga Under Siege as a result of much public interest and demand for the event to continue.  And we are pleased to say it was a great success. Thanks go to the many community sponsors, Ontario Parks and the Town of Wasaga […]

Thank You to 2015 Plover Sponsors

The Friends of Nancy Island and Wasaga Beach Park would like to say thank you to our new 2015 sponsors, who are helping support the Piping Plover Recovery Project at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park.  After 8 seasons, we have witnessed a grand total of 40 chicks fledge as a result of this project and our […]

The Invasion is Real…….

Phragmites australis (European Common Reed) is one of many plants threatening the health of wetlands and beaches across Ontario, including our very own Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. This reed creates a monoculture (one species growing densely in a large area). Phragmites depletes the soil of all its nutrients, and its roots secrete toxins that hinder […]

Plovers Grow Up So Fast!

Time has “flown” by since June 9th, when the first Piping Plover chick was hatched on our provincial park’s shores. In total, we had 9 fledged chicks, 8 nesting adults, and 6 visiting adults for a total of 23 endangered plovers at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. Currently, all of the plovers have left our 14 […]

Visit the Treasure Chest Gift Shop at Nancy Island

We’ve all heard the saying “Good Things Come in Small Packages”. And that aptly describes the Treasure Chest Gift Shop located at the front of the Welcome Centre at Nancy Island Historic Site on Mosley Street in Wasaga Beach. It is hard to believe that this small space is such a treasure trove of unique […]